Building: Permits for Fences & Swimming Pools
Permits are required for all fences greater than 7 ft in height and in ground swimming pools.
As a citizen it is my responsibility to...
Visit the Building Division Office when applying for a permit for a fence, tent, pool or utility building.
Fences shorter than 7' may not require a permit but will still need to conform to easement and setback requirements as well as applicable sight distances (not become a structure that blocks view of on-coming traffic).
Pools will require a professional plot plan. In ground pool construction is still not to be done in such a way as to cause surface drainage to change to other properties or block from leaving other properties.
Residential utility buildings less than 120 square feet and commercial utility buildings less than 200 square feet in area may not require a permit but will still need to conform to easement and setback requirements.
A "No Fee" Permit Application is available through the Building Division to confirm easement and setback requirements.
The following Items will be required for the Building Inspectors review for fences, tents, pools or utility buildings:
- A completed building permit application with all applicable spaces filled in; a blank application form may be obtained from the Building Division. Any conditions unique to the project should be completely explained in the application.
- An approved plot plan which includes distances to property lines from the proposed structure.
- Dimension drawings of your proposed structure.
- Once a permit is issued, it is your responsibility to call the Building Division to request an inspection at the 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 Building Code, as applicable. The application is then forwarded to the City-County Planning Commission, City of Bowling Public Works Engineering Division, the applicable utility company, the Contractors Licensing Board and the Occupational License Division. If any agency adds a condition to the application, you must comply in order for your permit to be valid.
Once the permit is issued, it is your responsibility to call the Building Division to request an inspection at the completion of each phase of the project. 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) is issued within 5 days by the Building Division. This CO certifies that all codes have been met and the structure is in compliance at the time of final inspection. After receiving the CO, the structure can be occupied and is then regulated by Chapter 27 of the Bowling Green Code of Ordinances.
If I am interested, who do I contact...
Building Division, Neighborhood & Community Services Dept., NCS Building, 707 E. Main Avenue, (270) 393-3615
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