Project Information

The public right-of-way is from the curb to the property line, which typically can be up to 20 feet from the curb. Some of the permits required to work in the public right-of-way are: Tree planting, driveways, grade changes, irrigation, dumpsters and sidewalks. For a complete listing please call 271-4751.

  • Balconies
  • Carports
  • Central air conditioners, new or replacement
  • Concrete stoops, slabs and stairs
  • Decks or porches
  • Dishwashers
  • Driveways, replacement or expansion
  • Electrical work
  • Fences
  • Fireplaces
  • Furnaces, new or replacement
  • Garages, new or attached
  • Gas-light conversions
  • Gazebos or greenhouses
  • Lawn irrigation system
  • Patios
  • Plumbing work
  • Remodeling; interior, exterior or basement
  • Retaining walls
  • Roofing (greater than 25% of roof area)
  • Room additions or sunrooms
  • Demolition
  • Land Disturbance
  • Satellite Dishes
  • Sewer repair or replacement
  • Sheds
  • Sidewalks or stairs
  • Swimming pools, in-or-above ground greater than 24 inches deep
  • Wall partitions
  • Water heaters, new or replacement
  • Water softeners, new or replacement
  • Whirlpools/spas
  • Windows or doors when added or increased in size
  • Yard regarding/filling

Development Review

Prior to construction, plan review, and approval, certain projects will go through a development review committee. This review process allows communication between city departments, utility companies, and applicants concerning these projects. Projects for the development review committee will be the following:

  • Residential construction involving three units or more
  • All new commercial/industrial construction
  • Planning and zoning related application where in new building construction of a similar type as listed above will be submitted

For additional information and dates of the development review committee meetings, please call 816-271-5341.

Plan Review

A plan review is required for all projects requiring a permit. Building Development will conduct and route all construction documents to the appropriate departments for review and approval. Most minor reviews are conducted at the counter with a permit being issued during the initial visit.

A more extensive review is required for major projects. The applicant will be notified of any code related deficiencies that need to be addressed. A revised set of plans is required to be submitted prior to issuance of a permit.

For your protection, contractors performing work under an approved permit must be licensed and bonded to work in the City of St. Joseph. Bonds provide the city surety against any damage to public improvements.