Code Question Hotline: (816) 513-1511
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No, per KCBRC Article III Table R301.2(1).
Vehicle use areas are made up of (3) parts; a drive approach from the street to the property line, a driveway, and a parking space. The only portion of the driveway that requires permit and inspection is the drive approach in the right-of- way. The driveway and parking space do not require permit but must be zoning compliant per ordinance section 88-420-012. You will need to come to the 5th floor, City Hall, and obtain zoning review and approval, or request review at email@example.com. If a drive approach permit is needed, the approved zoning review must be provided to Land Development as part of their process. The LDD contact is Theresa Harper at (816) 513-2553.
This depends on the scope of the project. Replacing the roofing material, underlayment and no more than 32 sq. ft. of decking does not require permit. If more than 32 sq ft of decking is being replaced, then a building permit is required and the contractor must have a current KCMO Business License. If roof rafters or other structural elements are being repaired and/or replaced, then review (scope of work or plan submittal) is required and the contractor may be required to have a Residential Contractors license.
Yes, there is always an expectation of code compliance whether the work performed rises to the level of over site from the City or not. This is typically called best practice and is largely reflective of the experience and quality standards set by the contractor you hire. Additionally, since the adopted building code sets a minimum standard of work, it frequently defers to manufacturers installation guidelines which often requires a standard that exceeds the building code requirement.
Any detached accessory structure less than 200 square feet does not require a permit but must remain compliant per zoning ordinance section 88-305-02 (residential). For detached accessories structures greater than 200 square feet in size, a building permit must be obtained. A Board of Zoning Adjustment variance will be required for sheds, storage, pool houses, etc. greater than 200 square feet in size. Plan review will be required per Information Bulletin 100.
This will require a full plan submittal, review and approval prior to permit issuance per Information Bulletin 100.
Fences are governed per City Ordinance, Chapter 27, Fences and Walls. The fence may not exceed 4 feet in height in the front and street side yard if on a corner lot. It may not exceed 6 feet in height in the interior side and rear yards. No permit is required. Contact Neighborhoods and Housing ((816) 513-3200) or 311 for guidance and enforcement.
See Information Bulletin 115. You may also discuss eligibility with the Express Plan Reviewer, 816-513-1500, option 3, option 5, request to speak with the Express Reviewer.
- If the parcels are existing platted lots, please contact the County having jurisdiction to combine and/or decombine lots.
- If the parcels are unplatted, made up of several lots and you are interested in decombining to a different number or configuration, or made up of portions of other lots, please contact the Development Management Division, (816) 513-8801.
A COO will not be issued until the project is completed and structures are allowed to be occupied and/or used. Not all projects that are issued a COO are considered occupiable space, such as a cell tower or roller coaster, or uncovered porches and deck, or pools.
- Certificates of Occupancy (COO) are shown on Compass KC as a CICO and signed copies can be printed and provided as needed.
- If a signed copy of a historical COO is needed, please refer to Senior Administrative Assistant to the Building Official at (816) 513-8833. A fee will be assessed based on their schedule. Valid only for existing uses with no changes.
- Copies of existing Occupant Load Certificates (OLC) can be obtained for a $33.00 fee. Please contact Permits Division, firstname.lastname@example.org or (816) 513-1459, for guidance. Valid only for existing uses with no changes.
Adopted construction codes are established as per Chapter 18 of the City Code of Ordinances, The Kansas City Building and Rehabilitation Code Articles II – XIV.
Only when required per Chapter 29, section 2903.4 2012 IRC, or per manufactures installation guidelines. This will be determined by the licensed plumber installing the tank based on conditions in the home.
I want to do a single family home remodel, add or remodel a bathroom, kitchen remodel, or basement finish in my home. What is the process?
- Please provide a written scope of work letter with before/after floor plan drawings for the proposed work. Submit the scope and drawings when you make application for permit on Compass KC. After review and approval, a building permit will be issued. If you are doing the plumbing, electrical and HVAC work you will also need to submit permit applications for each trade, and a completed Homeowners Affidavit.
- Basement finish projects simply require permit application with all work performed as per Information Bulletin 132.