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.
Central air conditioners, new or replacement
Concrete stoops, slabs and stairs
Decks or porches
Driveways, replacement or expansion
Furnaces, new or replacement
Garages, new or attached
Gazebos or greenhouses
Lawn irrigation system
Remodeling; interior, exterior or basement
Roofing (greater than 25% of roof area)
Room additions or sunrooms
Sewer repair or replacement
Sidewalks or stairs
Swimming pools, in-or-above ground greater than 24 inches deep
Water heaters, new or replacement
Water softeners, new or replacement
Windows or doors when added or increased in size
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.
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.