Building and Development Permits

The City of Richmond Community Development Department is responsible for all aspects of permits and inspections related to the various building codes in effect.  All permits issued thereafter, shall follow the requirements in the following codes:

  • 2015 International Building Code
  • 2015 International Residential Code
  • 2014 National Electrical Code
  • 2015 International Plumbing Code
  • 2015 International Mechanical Code
  • 2015 International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2015 International Existing Building Code

All codes are available for review along with the amendments and changes at the office of the City Clerk, Community Development Office or the Ray County Library.

Inspections are performed during regular business from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  A minimum of twenty four (24) hours’ notice is required for any inspections except upon emergency. Please Contact Lisa Hastings, Community Development Director at 816-776-5304 Ext 112 or Email.

New construction, additions to existing homes, and basement finishing projects on residential property, as well as new construction additions and tenant finishes for Commercial property require permits. Permits are also required for most other types of construction, including fences over 6’, decks, pools, outbuildings, as well as for any electrical, mechanical or plumbing work, including new lawn irrigation systems.  Prior to commencing any such work, you should verify whether a permit is required first.

Do You Need a Building Permit?

Permits are not required for common types of home repair, such as:

  • Siding
  • Painting
  • Sheetrock
  • Above-ground pools under 24 inches
  • Retaining walls under 4 feet
  • Sidewalks, driveways, platforms less than 30 inches above grade
  • Fences less than 6 feet
  • Other cosmetic alterations and minor interior or exterior repairs

Permits are required for:

  • An addition
  • Garage
  • Deck 30 inches above grade, at any point
  • Roofing
  • Electrical and plumbing work
  • Accessory buildings over 200 sq. ft.
  • In-ground pools over 24 inches
  • Changing or installing a furnance or water heater, etc.

Permit fees are calculated based on the total estimated cost of construction. The estimated cost shall be included on the building permit application.

Permit Fees for new residential dwellings are based on the square foot.

Information required for a residential building permit:

  • Site Plan drawn by a Registered Surveyor (New Dwelling)
  • Complete Building plans
  • Contractors doing the work
  • The property owner

Commercial Building Permits also require engineered plans and a site plan by a registered land surveyor in addition to the previous items.

Permits are required simply to ensure your safety and to make sure there are no life safety hazards endangering you and your family, as well as the public.

If you are unsure as to whether or not you need a permit for your project, contact:

Community Development Director
Lisa Hastings
816-776-5304 x112
Fax: 816-776-8216

Between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

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