Building and Rehabilitation Code

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The Kansas City Building and Rehabilitation Code outlines the minimum requirements for construction within the City of Kansas City, Mo. It is designed to safeguard the public’s health and general welfare as buildings are constructed.

City Council adopted an update to the code with Ordinance 120375,  Chapter 18. This update includes the most recent versions of previously adopted model codes, including the 2012 International Building Code.

The International Code Council provides the complete content of the various international codes.

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials provides the complete content of the Uniform Plumbing Code.

The National Fire Protection Association provides complete content of all standards. Click on the standard you wish to view; then click the Free Access link. Consult the adopted codes to determine which standards and editions are adopted by reference.

All local amendments to the adopted model codes are below.

2012 Code Package (Effective June 3, 2012)

Table of Contents
Article 1: In General
Article 2: Building Code
Article 3: One- and Two-Family Dwellings
Article 4: Electrical Code
Article 5: Fuel Gas Code
Article 6: Mechanical Code
Article 7: Plumbing Code
Article 8: Private Sewage Disposal Code
Article 9: Elevators and Conveying Systems
Article 10: Signs
Article 11: Underground Space
Article 12: Contractors
Article 13: Existing Building
Article 14: Energy Conservation

Part II – Blasting Notifications

On August 23, 2018, the City Council passed Ordinance 180591 – which removed Blasting Notifications from the City Planning and Development Department’s permit process and put it under the Fire Marshal’s Division of the Fire Department.

Part III – Building Energy Usage Benchmarking and Reporting

Article 16: Energy Empowerment
This Article is administered by the KCMO Office of Environmental Quality. Any questions should be directed to the Office of Environmental Quality at (816) 513-3462 or See the KC Green page for additional information.

Building Code & Rehabilitation Interpretations
Interpretations remain valid for subsequent editions of the code provided that the interpreted text has not changed in the subsequent code. Interpretations remain valid unless revised or revoked.

Chapter 18 History
This document shows the history of changes to Chapter 18 of the Building Code.