Building Permit Forms

Below are the building and trade related application forms. Included in this form list are also the covenants for certain neighborhoods within the City of Van Meter as well as the City’s Tax Abatement Application.  All inspections are performed by Veenstra & Kimm – 515-850-2980. Permits should be submitted to City Hall at

***All construction traffic MUST enter the Hudson Heights Development from the construction entrance off of Hazel Street. NO construction traffic is allowed on Arlington Avenue or Lakeview Drive.***


Building Permit Application

A building permit application is required for ANY new construction, remodel, or property addition within the Van Meter city limits.

Veenstra & Kimm determines fees and City Hall will contact you with the fee amount once the permit has been approved. Once a building permit has been turned into City Hall, the homeowner is responsible for ALL permitting fees, EVEN if the build doesn’t happen. All trade contractor information MUST be included on building permits for new construction. Do not submit separate trade permits for NEW CONSTRUCTION.  

Building permits are good for one year, and the work authorized must begin within 180 days of the permit approval.

Inspections ARE REQUIRED, and the list of REQUIRED inspections can be found on page two of the building permit application.


Trade Permit

A trade permit application is required for ANY mechanical, plumbing, or electrical work for property additions and home remodels. Costs are $85.00 per trade permit and payment must be submitted with completed trade permit applications. All trade work (HVAC, plumbing, electrical, etc.) MUST be inspected after work is completed. Additional permits may be required with some trade permit requests. 


Right of Way Permit

In order to promote public safety and convenience, and to assure that excavation and construction by private owners, public utilities and contractors within City owned right-of-way or public ground is done in a uniform and workmanlike manner, permits Are Required for all excavation and construction within City owned right-of-way or public grounds. This permit is issued by the Public Works Department upon application by the property owner, licensed contractor or public utility performing the work. 

Required Building InspectionsPDF
Tax Abatement 

Please contact City Hall at to determine eligibility. The property owner must apply to the City for an exemption by February 1st of the assessment year for which the exemption is first claimed.

Tax Abatement is not offered on new residential construction with the exception of certain lots in Plats 4 & 5 of Hickory Lodge.  

Neighborhood Covenants – The City of Van Meter does not enforce covenants. Covenants are enforced by the parties specified in the final, recorded covenants. 
Whispering Pines CovenantsPDF
Crestview CovenantsPDF
Hickory Lodge Covenants – Plat 5PDF
Hudson Heights Covenants – Plat 1PDF
Grand Ridge Estates Covenants – Plat 1PDF
Trindle Ridge Covenants – Plat 1PDF

Board of Adjustment Appeal

Any Board of Adjustment meeting request must be submitted in writing with a completed BOA Request form. The completed form and any supporting documentation must be returned to City Hall. The completed application will be presented to the Board of Adjustment committee and, if applicable, to the City Council.