Answers to General Questions
Yes, if unincorporated
If the property is in a buffer zone, you will need to get “buffer approval” from the town or city prior to applying with the county. You will need to take all the plans to them as well.
This is because the actual zoning is controlled by the town or city. The building portion or building code is controlled by the county.
Yes, you can find the general information (zoning district) as shown on Beacon. If you have any specific questions, talk to the Planner or Director.
Talk to Planning Engineer Allen Kirk
We have two notaries in the office, but we only notarize items produced from or for this office.
R905.2.7.1 Ice Protection. In areas where the average daily temperature in January is 25 degrees or less or when Table R301.2(1) criteria so designates, an ice barrier that consists of at least two layers of underlayment cemented together or of a self-adhering polymer modified bitumen sheet, shall be used in lieu of normal underlayment and extend from the eave’s edge to a point at least 24 inches inside the exterior wall line of the building. Exception: Detached accessory structures that contain no conditioned floor area.
R905.2.8.2 Valleys. Valley linings shall be installed in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions before applying shingles. Valley linings of the following types shall be permitted. 3. For closed valleys (valley covered with shingles) valley lining of a one ply of smooth rolled roofing complying with ASTM D 6380 Class S type III, Class M Type II or ASTM D 3909 and at least 36” wide or valley lining as described in items 1 and 2 above shall be permitted.
We DO NOT issue building permits for fencing. Also if the property is in a subdivision, check with the HOA. (If a fence is within the easement, and the utilities need to come in and do some work, the fence will come down and will be rebuilt at the homeowners expense.)
As stated above, we DO NOT issue building permits for this. We can only advise them to them to stay within their property lines and boundaries or contact the Highway Department to make sure the fence is not within the road right-of-way.
200 Square Feet is the largest building allowed on the property without a permit. However, a permit is required if the building is on a concrete slab, or has electricity. Any building smaller than 200 square feet but on a slab will require a permit.
Contact the Johnson County Highway Department at 317-346-4630
Yes. If it’s is in the unincorporated area of the county, you can either talk with our Senior Planner or the Director
No, you pay when the permit is issued.
See current fee schedule
Yes, credit cards are accepted with a small service fee from the card service.
Currently, the standard period is 7-10 business days. If there is any information missing, this could hold up the process also.
Yes, if you are pouring concrete and submitted a SWPPP plan with your building permit, you will get the “approved” SWPPP back with your building permit. You WILL need to call for a meeting with the Building Inspector on-site BEFORE any dirt is moved.
For residential, we ask for at least a 24 hour notice. If you ask for a “same day” inspection, you MUST ask the building official (or director in his absence) prior to scheduling that.
For commercial, we ask for at least a 48 hour notice. (The longer notice for a commercial inspection is needed to allow the building official to coordinate with the fire department, etc. )
Just call the office. If you are calling in the same day and the building official is already out doing inspections, the office will call to let them know this is cancelled. If the official is still in the office, we will let him know.
Yes, you will need to apply for an electrical upgrade permit. After the work is complete, and the meter base is set you will need to contact the office for a meter tag inspection. The inspector will then place a green tag in the base (if it passes) and then you need to contact your power company to let them know it is ready to be turned on. (Power companies will not turn power on until it has been inspected, and they see a green sticker from our building official.)
Yes, the homeowner can apply. You will need to sign a contractor listing exemption affidavit. If the contractor is going to apply for the permit, they will need to be a listed contractor with the county.
Yes, the code requires one of two things, either an automatic pool cover or a fence around the pool area (no less than 4’). The building official will not pass the final inspection for the pool without either one completed.
No, if the grading and seeding is not completed only a temporary certificate of occupancy can be issued.
You will pay this at the office, and remember we only accept cash or check. You can physically bring this in or mail it. You cannot get another inspection until the fine is paid.
No, unless the homeowner is requesting a call ahead of time. And as long as the building official has access to everything he needs to see, and the plans and building permit is accessible to him as well.