Community Development

Community Development Department  works with developers who want to bring commercial and residential projects to Shenandoah and guides them through the process of complying with city codes and ordinances. The  department is responsible for issuing development permits and performing residential and commercial inspections for new construction or renovations to existing structures.


 The following codes are standard:

  • 2018 Editions of the International Building Code, International Residential Code, International Mechanical Code, International Plumbing Code, and International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2018 Edition of the International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2020 National Electrical Code

We have tried to include all information that may apply to your situation, but this list may not be complete. The codes adopted by the City of Shenandoah serve as a minimum standard and there may be a stricter standard found in our Code of Ordinances.  

  1. Permitting
  2. Inspections
  3. Rules & Regulations
  4. Insurance
  5. State License

All contractors shall submit a permit application and plans, submitted digitally if applicable, to the city. There is a two-week plan review process unless special circumstances/delays occur which could extend the plan review process.

No work may be performed until a permit has been issued by the city and permit fees received. Any work begun before the permit is issued will result in additional fees. Refer to the Permit Fee Schedule (PDF) for details.

Permit Applications

General Contractor Responsibilities

It shall be the responsibility of the General Contractor (GC - includes titles of Construction Manager/ Superintendent), to have all applicable applications and permits completed by the responsible party or trade.

Modifications or changes to construction plans after having been reviewed for code compliance by the city will again require review and approval by the city; changes may not be made without written approval. A revised permit application will be required, with a revised construction valuation.

Permits must be picked up and posted on the front of the building or outside in a protective cover before a job begins.

Building Official at Job Site  (JPG)