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Compass KC - The New Permitting System

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Please Be Advised:

The City Planning and Development Department’s Plan Review and Inspection services will be unavailable on the dates below as staff trains in conjunction with the Building Code Update that goes into effect Sept. 26, 2020:

  • Thursday, July 16, 2020
  • Friday, Aug. 14, 2020
  • Thursday, Aug.27, 2020
  • Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020

You may find more information about the city’s building code update on our Building and Rehabilitation Code web page.

Operations Note to Customers Amid COVID-19:

While City Hall is open to the public as of May 18, 2020, we are still encouraging our customers to use our online service CompassKC to submit plans and apply for permits. Tutorials are posted below.

  • If you require service at City Hall, phones will be available on the 5th and 15th floors to call for staff to assist with limited customer service issues.
  • Inspection activities continue as usual, but we are practicing social distancing. We expect our permit customers to provide appropriate social distancing to our inspectors. For more on this topic please read our Construction Site Safety Message.

Please call 816-513-1500 if you have any questions or need assistance. We appreciate your patience during this unpredictable time.

What is Compass KC and How Do I Get There?

Compass KC brings city services to your fingertips. Submit permits and plans and interact with multiple city departments all in one place! Click on the Compass image below to start.

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How do I use Compass KC?

We understand, with any new system, comes a learning curve. That’s why we have provided some tutorials for you to get you started with Compass KC and others that you can come back to if you have questions along the way!

Additional Process Tutorials and Information

The following departments and divisions are using the Compass KC system in the current phase, Phase 1. Below each department, specific resources will be added that show processes within Compass KC specific to the associated city departments.

City Planning and Development – Building permits, inspections scheduling, plan reviews, contractor licensing, etc.

  • FAQs: see City Planning and Development Department list of frequently asked questions related to using Compass KC.
  • Homeowner Permit Guide: If you plan to do work on your own property/home without a licensed professional please read this guide.
  • Compass KC Dashboard and Submittals Guide- view this guide for a screen by screen walk through of the submittal process.
  • Still stuck and want to chat? Call us at 816-513-1500.

Public Works – Excavation, hauling and parking permits as well as traffic control, bicycle rack placement and event-related permits.
Regulated Industries – Visit the Regulated Industries web page for a list of permits.
Parks and Recreation – All park permit services, except the park event and film/photography permit services.
Fire Prevention
Water Services

For general questions about the software, email CompassKC.