As you start your home improvement project, remember to get a building permit

Spring is in full swing, and you’re thinking about constructing that home renovation you’ve always wanted. Maybe it’s a new deck? A fence? A basement finish? There are lots of ways to upgrade your home, and plenty of time throughout the rest of the year to get started.

Before beginning your project, make sure you apply for a building permit if your project requires it. Building permits are required before starting construction on a variety of projects, including fences, decks, garages, sheds, pools, furnaces and more.

Why is it important to get your permit beforehand? We want to make sure the project is done right, as building permits…

  1. …ensure the safety of yourself and others
  2. …protect property value
  3. …are required by City ordinance

Once you apply for a permit, you will need to wait for approval by the City. If approved, you can begin construction on your project. City inspectors will be involved in the project to make sure you’re following key standards of safety.

Learn more about permitting requirements and why they’re in place in the video below.

You can apply for many permits online through ePLACE, the City’s online permitting system. You can also find information about the permits and specific building requirements through our permits directory.

City staff are happy to help you as you work through the permitting process. You’re welcome to call the Building Permits desk at 913-895-6225 or visit in person at City Hall, 8500 Santa Fe Drive, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.