Building Permits - Residential

With few exceptions, building permits are required for the projects listed below. In order to obtain a permit, certain information must be provided to the Development Services Department. The information needed varies depending on the type of project being constructed. Please choose from the links below, or for more information contact Development Services at 816.969.1200.


One and Two-Family Dwellings, Townhomes, & Room Additions over 400 Square Feet

  1. Applicant must submit the following items to the Development Services Department:
  2. Upon receipt of these items, the Development Services Department will perform a plan review and calculate the Permit and License Tax totals based on the information provided on the respective applications. If there are issues with the plans, the plans examiner will contact the permit applicant. A Plan Review Checklist is used in the review of each set of plans.
  3. The Plot Plan will be reviewed by the Development Services Department. A Plot Plan Checklist is used in the review of each plot plan.  The Development Services Department will contact the surveyor for any corrections.
  4. Once the plot plan and house plans have been approved and all of the Permit and License Tax totals have been calculated, the permit will be ready for pick-up.
  5. upon issuance of a building permit, certain inspections are required so that compliance with the building code may be verified.

Please allow two (2) business days for each submittal/resubmittal to be reviewed. It may take more time if issues arise. Examples of issues that commonly cause time delays are:

  • Incomplete Applications
  • Errors on the plot plan
  • Issues on house plans

Payment must be made in person at the time the permit is issued. The License Tax and the Permit Fees may be paid for in one transaction. To check the status of a permit application, contact the Development Services Department at 816.969.1200.

Please note that you must have a minimum of a Class "C" Contractor's license for the City of Lee's Summit if you wish to obtain a permit for construction of a new one or two-family dwelling or townhome or room addition. Effective January 1, 2010, all contractors must show proof of certification in order to obtain a business license. Homeowners may act as their own general contractor on a single family home they will be residing in and must obtain a business license, but are not required to show proof of contractor certification.


Room Additions under 400 Square Feet

Permits are required for room additions to existing structures. To obtain a permit for a room addition, the following steps must be followed:

  1. Applicant submits the following items to the Development Services Department:
    • Plot plan showing the location of the proposed addition, drawn to scale.
    • Building plan showing the use of each room in the addition, drawn to scale or dimensioned so square footage may be determined
  2. Upon receipt of these items, Development Services staff will have the plot plan reviewed for property line setback compliance. This should just take a few minutes and can be done while you wait.
  3. Once the plot plan is approved, Development Services staff will calculate the permit fees based off of the information submitted and the permit will be issued over the counter. The permit fee will be due at this time.
  4. Upon issuance of a building permit, certain inspections are required so that compliance with the building code may be verified.

Please note that you must have a minimum Class "C" Contractor's license to obtain a permit for a room addition.  Homeowners may act as their own general contractor without having to show proof of certification.


Decks

Permits are required to build or replace/repair decks when the floor surface is more than 30” above the adjacent ground level. To obtain a permit for a deck, the following steps must be followed:

  1. Applicant submits the following items to the Development Services Department:
    • Plot plan showing the location of the proposed addition, drawn to scale.
    • Building plan showing the construction details of the deck, drawn to scale or dimensioned so square footage may be determined.
  2. Upon receipt of these items, Development Services staff will have the plot plan reviewed for property line setback compliance. This should just take a few minutes and can be done while you wait.
  3. Once the plot plan is approved, Development Services staff will calculate the permit fees based off of the information submitted and the permit will be issued over the counter. The permit fee will be due at this time.
  4. Upon issuance of a building permit, certain inspections are required so that compliance with the building code may be verified. Go to this link for more information.

Covered Decks

Permits are required to build or replace/repair covered decks. To obtain a permit for a covered deck, the following steps must be followed:

  1. Applicant submits the following items to the Development Services Department:
    • Plot plan showing the location of the proposed addition, drawn to scale.
    • Building plan showing the construction details of the covered deck, signed and sealed by a Missouri registered design professional, drawn to scale or dimensioned so square footage may be determined.
  2. Upon receipt of these items, Development Services staff will have the plot plan reviewed for property line setback compliance. This should just take a few minutes and can be done while you wait.
  3. Once the plot plan is approved, Development Services staff will calculate the permit fees based off of the information submitted and the permit will be issued over the counter. The permit fee will be due at this time.
  4. Upon issuance of a building permit, certain inspections are required so that compliance with the building code may be verified.

Please note, you must have a minimum Class "C" Contractor's license if the covered deck is over 400 square feet.  Homeowners acting as their own contractor are not required to show proof of contractor certification.


Basement Finishes

Permits are required to finish a basement. To obtain a permit for a basement finish, the following steps must be followed:

  1. Applicant submits a floor plan of the basement finish to the Development Services Department, including the layout of the space and the use of each room. The plan must be drawn to scale with the square footage labeled.
  2. Upon receipt of the plans, Development Services staff will calculate the permit fees based off of the information submitted and the permit will be issued over the counter. The permit fees will be due at this time.
  3. Upon issuance of a building permit, certain inspections are required so that compliance with the building code may be verified.

Detached Accessory Structures (such as sheds and garages)

Permits are required for detached accessory structures over 120 square feet in floor area. To obtain a permit for a detached accessory structure, the following steps must be followed:

  1. Applicant submits the following items to the Development Services Department:
    • Plot plan showing the location of the proposed addition, drawn to scale.
    • Building plan showing the use of the structure, drawn to scale or dimensioned so square footage may be determined. If over 400 square feet, the drawings must be signed and sealed by a design professional registered in the State of Missouri.
  2. Upon receipt of these items, Development Services staff will have the plot plan reviewed for property line setback compliance. This should just take a few minutes and can be done while you wait.
  3. Once the plot plan is approved, Development Services staff will calculate the permit fees based off of the information submitted and the permit will be issued over the counter unless it is over 400 square feet and then the standard review period applies. The permit fee will be due at the time of permit issuance.
  4. Upon issuance of a building permit, certain inspections are required so that compliance with the building code may be verified. (Keep in mind that structures over 120 square feet are also required to be on a permanent footing).

Fences

Permits are not required for fences. Fences in residential zoning districts are limited to 6’ maximum height in the rear and side yards (behind the front face of the house) and 4' maximum height in the front yard. Residential fences may not be constructed with barbed wire, and may not be electrified. The finish side of the fence must face outward toward adjoining properties or streets. Fences may be constructed to the property line. For restrictions on fencing in the front yard, contact Development Services at 816-969-1200.


Swimming Pools – Residential, private

Permits are required for installation of swimming pools, whether above-ground or in-ground. To obtain a permit for a swimming pool, follow these steps:

  1. Submit a plot plan, drawn to scale, showing the location of the proposed pool. The deck surrounding the pool, whether concrete or wood, must also be shown. The construction valuation (cost of labor and materials for the pool and installation) must be included as well.
  2. Upon receipt of this plot plan, Development Services staff will have the plot plan reviewed for property line setback compliance. For in-ground pools only, utility easement setback compliance must also be checked by Public Works. Above-ground pools can be reviewed in a few minutes and can be done while you wait. In-ground pools generally take two full business days to review.
  3. Once the plot plan is approved, Development Services staff will calculate the permit fees and issue the permit. The permit fees will be due at this time.
  4. Upon issuance of a building permit, certain inspections are required so that compliance with the building code may be verified. See below for more information.

Other Projects

The list above includes the types of projects we are asked about on a regular basis. However, there may be other projects that require a building permit to be obtained. For more information, please contact the Development Services Department at 816.969.1200, or visit us at City Hall.