Ensure any new construction or renovation related to your business location complies with local laws.
Building permits are required for certain types of improvements. The City Planning and Development Department’s Development Services Division also issues permits for public improvements including sidewalks, driveways, storm and sanitary sewer construction, and connections and site disturbance.
If you are building an addition, constructing a new building, renovating, or remodeling an existing building or tenant space, a building permit will be required for your project. In some cases, rezoning may be required depending on whether the intended use is allowed in the zoning district in which your project is located.
Visit the Planning and Development Department to before purchasing a property or signing a lease to apply for permits and learn about:
Disclaimer: A zoning clearance and a certificate of occupancy are different items. You will need both, even though applying for a business license only requires zoning clearance.
Fire Safety inspections of commercial locations are required of all new businesses, and must also be carried out after changes in ownership. Annual reinspections are also required to keep your business compliant.
The Fire Safety Inspection is an essential and necessary step for any business seeking a Health Permit or Liquor License.
To request an inspection, call 816-513-4611 and leave a message, or visit a Kansas City Fire Department location to obtain an in-person form.
The KC BizCare Office can assist you with Fire Inspection requests.
You will be asked to provide the following information in your application for a Fire Safety Inspection:
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