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New Graphic Updates and changes to IAC 661-Chapters 200, 201, 300, 301, 302 and 350 will need to be postponed. The main reason for this was that proposed changes are coming less than a year from when the 2015 code editions will be published. The Department of Public Safety leadership decided that it would be cost prohibitive for the State but also for stakeholders to adopt two ICC Code editions within such short period of time. Please note that only the state energy code will be updated and it is because federal regulations mandate substantial compliance (by 2017) with certain standards set in the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and the adoption of the 2012 energy code can establish progress toward compliance.

Did you know that State Fire Inspectors are certified peace officers that enforce state and federal building and fire codes throughout the State of Iowa?

The Iowa State Fire Marshal's Office Fire Prevention Inspectors are responsible for the inspection of health care facilities, schools, prisons, daycares, flammable liquid installations, and public buildings to ensure compliance with fire codes. Fire Prevention Inspectors also inspect and investigate building complaints that come to the office.

Fire Prevention Inspectors are trained law enforcement officers and are certified as Federal Healthcare Surveyors through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

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The State Fire Marshal's Office Inspectors inspect many facilities that are governed and regulated by the State. Schools, jails, prisons, daycares, residential care facilities, assisted living, and group homes are just some of the state regulated facilities that the State Fire Marshal's Office inspects.

Fire Prevention Inspectors also conduct inspections for other building and occupancy types based on complaints. The Fire Prevention Inspectors do not inspect single or two-family dwellings for fire code compliance.

  • International Fire & Building Code - Most state inspections are conducted using the 2009 International Fire Code and 2009 International Building Code and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards as referred within the International Codes.
  • 661-201.2(100) General Provisions - International Fire Code (IFC) 2009 adoption section
  • 661-301.3(103A) General Provisions - International Building Code (IBC) 2009 adoption section
  • Foster Care Facilities that have fewer than 6 children, bed and breakfast inns, and small group homes are still under Chapter 202 (Specific Occupancies).
  • Occupancy Inspections - Occupancy inspections are required to be conducted for all state regulated buildings that have been newly built, remodeled, or a change from one occupancy to another, BEFORE occupying the area. To request an occupancy inspection, contact the State Fire Inspector for the area to schedule a time. There is an inspection fee of $150.00 for the occupancy inspection.
  • Frequently Asked Questions


A plan review and approval is required by the State Building Code Bureau except for projects located in jurisdictions that are exempt from state plan review.  Projects to include new buildings, additions to existing buildings, remodeling or renovation of existing buildings and change of occupancy require plan reviews prior to construction.   Projects for Adult Daycare and Assisted Living are not exempt from State Plan Review and State Inspections, and shall always require plan review and approval by the State Building Code Bureau. 


The Iowa State Fire Marshal's Office inspects healthcare facilities that are licensed and regulated through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Healthcare facilities that are inspected are Hospitals, End Stage Renal Dialysis Centers, Intermediate Care Facilities, Nursing Homes, and Ambulatory Surgical Centers.


All Federal projects that are required to comply with CMS regulations to include new buildings, additions to existing buildings, remodeling or renovation of existing buildings and change of occupancy shall be reviewed and approved by the State Building Code Bureau and inspected by state inspectors. 


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Created: 02-07-2006
Last Updated:02-22-2013 (JGL)