Building Permits

A building permit is required when you plan to undertake any of the following activities in the City: new construction, additions, alterations, or change of use.  This includes utility sheds greater than 120 square feet.
 

Demolitions require demolition permit.  Fences greater than 6 feet require fence permits.  In-ground swimming pools require pool permits (see pool permits section).  New signs or changes to existing signs require sign permits
 

A grading permit is required for any grading, excavation, filling or removal of soil, or paving, on any lot or parcel of ground, in excess of 1,700 square feet.  A separate grading permit and building permit would only be necessary if it is the desire of the applicant to begin grade work prior to obtaining final building plans from the architect/engineer or if there will be no building permit ultimately filed.   A separate grading permit would not be required if all grade work and structure construction can commence at one time, when the building permit is issued.
 

Should the disturbed area be greater than 1 acre, additional storm water requirements will be necessary.  This holds for any permit, primarily pool, building, and grading.
(See Also:  Fences – Residential)
 

 

As a citizen it is my responsibility to...

Visit the Building Division office to apply for a permit for .  The following items will be requested for the Building Inspector’s review:
 

A completed building permit application with all applicable spaces filled. You may obtain a blank application from the Building Division or online at:   http://www.bgky.org/ . Any condition unique to the project should be completely explained in the "conditions" section of the permit application.

1. An approved plot plan for additions and new structures.
2. Dimensioned drawings of your proposed structure, including:
a. Basement/crawl space showing location and size; footings, rebars, and excavation depth; access door; windows or vents; and ground cover (crawl spaces).
b. Floor plans of all floors, designating materials, fire separation walls, smoke detectors, and other pertinent details.
c. Building cross section showing materials and sizes.
d. Architect and or Engineer stamps may be required depending on    the occupant load or design of the structure.                                                          
 

A grading permit is required for any grading, excavation, filling or removal of soil, or paving, on any lot or parcel of ground, in excess of 1,700 square feet.  A separate grading permit and building permit would only be necessary if it is the desire of the applicant to begin grade work prior to obtaining final building permit or if there will be no building permit ultimately filed.   A separate grading permit would not be required if all grade work and structure construction can commence at one time when the building permit is issued.
 

Should the disturbed area be greater than 1 acre, additional storm water requirements will be necessary.  This holds for any permit, primarily pool, building, and grading.
 

Also for any grading, building, or pool permit requiring the submittal at a plot plan level, a City of Bowling Green Erosion Prevention & Sediment Control (EPSC) Certified Contractor must be identified on the application.  A current listing of EPSC Certified Contractors can be found on the City's website:  http://www.bgky.org/
 

In addition to a building permit, be sure your plumbing contractor obtains a permit from the Health Department, your HVAC contractor obtains a State HVAC permit and your electrical contractor (or you, as a homeowner) obtains an electrical permit.  Once the permit has been issued, it is the builder’s responsibility to call the Building Division to request an inspection at completion of each phase of the project.

It is the responsibility of the city to...

A Building Inspector will meet with you to review the material for compliance with the current edition of the Kentucky  Code which comes under the enforcement of the Kentucky Building Code.  The Building Division then forwards your application for review and approval by the utility company, City-County Planning Commission, Contractors Licensing Board, Treasury and the Occupational License Division. If any agency adds a condition to the application, that agency will notify you. You must comply with the condition in order for your permit to be valid.


Each phase and highlights of some of the items to be inspected are included for your information:
•        Excavation - proper depth of excavation per Code for this area (i.e.. footer/foundation must be below frost line); engineer certification of compaction tests if unbalanced fill is installed.
•        Footer/Foundation - placement, PSI rating, and reinforcement of concrete.
•        Framing - building materials used; spans; building construction methods.
•        Ducts and Vents - proper location, framing, notching.
•        Final - all specifications have been met and are in accordance with the appropriate Code.
In addition, the Building Inspector may make interim general inspections to ensure the quality of work and compliance with Code.


After the building has passed final inspection, a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) will be issued by the Building Division to close out the permit. This CO certifies that all codes have been met and the structure is in compliance at the time of the CO. After receiving your CO, the structure can be occupied. The structure is then subject to the International Property Maintenance Code, as adopted by the City.
 

If I am interested, who do I contact...

Building Division, Neighborhood & Community Services Dept., City Hall Annex, 1017 College St., 393-3615


Grading Permits:  Engineering Division, Public Works Dept., 1011 College St., 393-3587


Plumbing Permits:  Barren River District Health Department, 1109 State St, 843-0651
 

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