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This program is a result of the implementation of a revised Commercial Business / Property Inspection Program. It is required that all commercial businesses register annually. The goal of the program is to provide safe and sanitary commercial property conditions for the residents of Newton by establishing minimum standards and regular inspections for all commercial properties in Newton.
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There are 2 parts to the registration process. 1. You must fill out the Commercial Inspection Program Registration Form - Occupied Businesses. This form gives us current contact information for the owner of the business. 2. You must pay an annual registration fee. There is a $25.00 annual fee for each business/property that you register. If you have a Vacant building register this property at Commercial Business Inspections Program - Registration Form - Vacant Buildings. The annual fee for vacant properties is $50.00. You can pay these fees at the Fire Department or by credit card online. Pay Online Here (Please note if paying on online a A 3.95% convenience fee for online payment processing will be added at checkout.)
You will be notified by mail when it is your time to register. All properties are to be registered by 12/31/2021.The registration schedules is as follows:
Yes, there is a $25.00 annual fee for each business/property that you register. Vacant buildings must also register with a fee of $50.00 annually. You can pay fees at the Fire Department or by credit card online. Pay Online Here (Please note if paying on online a A 3.95% convenience fee for online payment processing will be added at checkout.)
If your property is North of 1st Avenue-
After you register the Fire Department will send you information on (1) How to schedule your inspection with Iowa Inspections, LLC. and (2) A Pre-Inspection Checklist so you know what to expect from the inspection. After your inspection is complete a Permit and Certificate of Occupancy will be emailed to you for public display.
If your property is South of 1st Avenue-
After you register, you have completed all of the requirements for 2021. In 2022 you will be contacted by the Fire Department with information on (1) How to schedule your inspection with Iowa Inspections, LLC. and (2) Receive a Pre-Inspection Checklist so you know what to expect from the inspection. After your inspection is complete a Permit and Certificate of Occupancy will be emailed to you for public display.
Yes, you will need to post your Permit & Certificate of Occupancy in a visible location at your business.
Inspections will be completed by a 3rd party contractor – Iowa Inspections, LLC run by Jason Van Ausdall.
There is a specific checklist Iowa Inspections, LLC will be following. We have made it available on the web-site - Inspection Checklist.
If the designated inspector finds your property to have a major violation, a 48 hour re-inspection will be required. All other violations will be given 60 days to comply.
Regular Commercial Inspection (3,000 sq. ft. or less)
Medium Commercial Inspection (3,001 to 6,000 sq. ft.)
Large Commercial Inspection (6,001 to 9,000 sq. ft.)
X-Large Commercial Inspection (9,001 and up)
Commercial Business/Property Re-inspection Fee
Same as above
No-Show Inspection Fee
Commercial Business/Property Permit Registration Fee, Per Year, Per Unit
Failure to Register Property Penalty Fee, Per Day, Per Unit*
Commercial Business/Property Inspection Fee
Commercial Business/Property 1st Re-inspection Fee
50% of Contract Fee above
Commercial Business/Property 2nd Re-inspection Fee
Contract Fee above
Commercial Business/Property 3rd Re-inspection Fee
Commercial Business/Property 4th & after Re-inspection Fee
Yes - Vacant buildings need to be registered and pay a $50.00 annual fee. Inspections will also need to be conducted annually on vacant buildings. To begin the registration process go to - Commercial Business - Property Registration Form - Vacant Buildings. Annual fees can be paid by clicking this link - Pay Here.