Do I Need a Permit?

Dear Glenwood Resident,

You are an important part of the community of Glenwood, Iowa and how you develop your property will affect our community for years to come, so as a courtesy, I would like to inform you about our building permit process.

The City of Glenwood regulates land development for the purpose of maintaining a sense of cohesiveness and livability, in addition to preventing future land disputes. The building permit process serves as a check point for development in the City of Glenwood so the property owner next to you cannot put up any type of building or structure without regards to his or her neighbor and the greater community.

A building permit regulates several areas to maintain a cohesive, attractive and livable community. They are: the size of the lot; the size, width, height, and location of the main building and accessory buildings on the lot; the amount of the lot that can be paved; the minimum amount of open space; required landscaping (for commercial and industrial); and parking requirements based on what property will be used for.

The following structures and additions require a permit before being built or placed on a property:

  • House
  • Addition
  • Garage
  • Deck
  • Solar Panels
  • Shed
  • Porches
  • Patios
  • Flag Poles
  • Fence
  • Driveway
  • Sidewalk
  • Sign
  • Grading or Drainage changes
  • Demolition
  • Temporary Structures
  • Permanent Swimming Pool
  • Retaining Wall over 3′ feet in height

Additional Permits are required for:

  • Peddler Permit
  • Mobile Food Vendor Permit

The City of Glenwood does not require permits for any type of interior structure alteration/remodel or roofs at this time.


Contact City Hall at 712-527-4717  or

Permits List

Permits can be emailed to  They can be dropped off in person or mailed to City of Glenwood 5 N. Vine Street, Glenwood, IA 51534.

Permit Fees- See Link Below for a detailed list of fees and service


BEFORE YOU DIG – Contact Iowa One Call

Phone: 811 or 1-800-292-8989