A building permit is required for almost all construction except for minor repairs and small, portable storage sheds. Zoning approval is required for portable sheds and other new structures even if a building permit is not required, to ensure that the construction conforms to all zoning requirements and is not in an easement. Permits also must be obtained for all plumbing, mechanical, and electrical work.
The Metro Home Improvement Program's purpose is to preserve affordable housing stock in Urbandale. The program is administered by the City of West Des Moines and includes the participation of nine other metro cities. The program has income and property restrictions to qualify for assistance.