*****CODE QUESTION HOTLINE 816-513-1511*****
The Code Question Hotline is your source for building and construction code related questions. You can always call the code question hotline to get a prompt answer from our knowledgeable staff member. However, you can save yourself a call by checking out our Frequently Asked Questions below.
- Is an ice and water shield required in Kansas City, Missouri?
No, per KCBRC Article III Table R301.2(1)
- I need a permit for my driveway. What do I do?
- The only portion of the driveway that requires a permit and inspection is the drive approach in the right of way. The driveway itself does not require a permit but must be zoning compliant. You should come to the 5th floor of City Hall to obtain a zoning review and approval. If a drive approach permit is needed, the approved zoning review must be provided to the Land Development Division (LDD). You can reach the LDD staff at 816-513-2553.
- Do I need a permit to replace my roof?
- Replacing the roofing material, underlayment and no more than 32 square feet of decking does not require a permit. If more than 32 square feet of decking is being replaced, then a building permit is required and the contractor must have a current KCMO Business License. If rafters or other structural elements are being repaired and/or replaced, then a review (scope or plan submittal) is required and the contractor may be required to have a Residential Contractor’s license.
- I want to build a garage/carport/shed?
- Any detached accessory structure less than 200 square feet does not require a permit but must remain compliant per section 88-305-02 (residential). For detached accessories, greater than 200 square feet, a building permit must be obtained, and a BZA variance will be required for sheds greater than 200 square feet. You need to submit plans per Information Bulletin 100.
- I want to build a room or garage addition on my home?
- You need to submit plans per Information Bulletin 100
- I want to put up a fence?
- 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.
- Can I install/repair a septic tank?
- Is my project eligible for an Express Review?
- The information to determine eligibility for an express review is in Information Bulletin 115
- I want to combine lots/split lots?
- If the lots are existing platted lots, you should contact the Development Management Division to make sure the action does not make the lots non-compliant. You can reach a staff member at 816-513-8815. Lot consolidations may also be accomplished by filing a deed combination in the county recorder’s office, so long as the affected lots are in compliance with the zoning and development code after the lot combination.
- If the lots are unplatted, made up of several lots, or made up of portions of other lots, you need to call the Development Management staff at 816-513-8815.
- Does a Certificate of Occupancy (COO) mean the building is safe to occupy?
- 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.
- How do we obtain copies of existing Certificates of Occupancy or Occupant Load Certificates?
- Copies of existing Occupant Load Certificates can be printed and provided for a fee of $33.00. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy and a member our staff will contact you.
- If a signed copy of an historical COO is needed, please contact Records Management at 816-513-1486.
- What are the adopted building codes for the City of Kansas City, Missouri?
- 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
- Are expansion tanks required for home water heaters?
- No, except where required per Chapter 29, section 2903.4 IRC or per manufactures installation guidelines.
- I want to do a remodel/bathroom addition/basement finish in my home?
- Please provide a written scope of work letter with before/after floor plan drawings for the proposed work. You need to submit the scope and drawings with a completed Information Bulletin 109. 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. Submit all information to email@example.com (attach IB109, IB146, and a 1-2 family fee schedule).