Building Permits



Plumbing inspection and approval is handled by the State Health Department, using the 2013 Kentucky Plumbing Code. 

  • The electrical code in effect is the 2011 National Electrical Code (AKA NFPA 70). Order materials concerning this code
  • Applicable mechanical codes are the 2012 International Mechanical Code and the 2009 National Fuel Gas Code (AKA NFPA 54)
  • The applicable energy code is the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code

Obtain Copies of the KBC or KRC Amendments

To obtain copies of JBC or KRC amendments, contact:
Department of Housing Buildings, and Construction
Division of Building Code Enforcement
101 Sea Hero Road
Suite 100
Frankfort, KY 40601-5405

Phone: 502-573-0373
Fax: 502-573-1059

State Projects

Buildings that are 10,000 square feet or more, intended for 100 or more occupancy, require a liqueur license, or places such as churches with 300 or more seating all fall under the State Building House and Construction jurisdiction - please contact them at 502-573-0364 or contact our staff for general questions.

County Projects

Buildings that are located outside of the city limits of Frankfort fall under the Franklin County Planning and Building Codes jurisdiction - please contact them at 502-875-8701.

City Projects

Buildings within the City limits are reviewed and approved by the City's Building Inspector, when they do not fall within State Jurisdiction.

Exempted Projects

The following exempt projects do not require a building permit, however, they do require a City Zoning permit:

  • Above ground swimming pools
  • Detached buildings 200 square feet or smaller
  • Detached decks when less than 30 inches above grade
  • Fences 7 feet or shorter
  • Play structures - swing sets and the like
  • Retaining walls under 4 feet in height

Before You Build

  1. Failure to obtain a required building permit before you begin construction will result in a permit fee of not less than $500 and may be higher!
  2. Call 811 [Before You Dig] - at least three days before you plan to begin any work.