Permit Applications

The following permits may be required for construction projects within the city limits of Bowling Green, Kentucky:

Building Permit

A building permit is required by the city to construct, enlarge, alter, repair or demolish a structure or equipment installed in a building or to change the use of a building.

Cost of Construction Building Permit Fee
Up to $3,000 $20
$3,000-$500,000 $20 plus $2.50 for every $1,000 over $3,000
$500,000-$10,000,000 $1,250 plus $1.00 for every $1,000 over $500,000
Over $10,000,000 $10,700 plus $0.50 for every $1,000 over $10,000,000

Building Permit Fee Estimator (for Building Permits)

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Electrical Permit

Projects that involve installing or modifying electrical wiring or circuits, change in service, repair of service, placement of a temporary pole or relocation of an electrical appliance require approved electrical permit.

Electrical Permit

Cost:

Residential Fee
New Service $100/unit
Additional Wiring $50/unit
Change of Service/Repair $35/unit
Panel Change $35/unit
Apartments 100 amps or less $50/unit
Apartments 200 amps or less $65/unit
Manufactured/Mobile Homes $35/unit
Single/Condo/Townhome $100/unit
Temporary Pole $25/unit
Re-Inspection Fee $15/unit
Commercial Fee
Cost less than or equal to $15,000 $75
Cost less than or equal to $15,000 $75 plus 1% of cost over $15,000

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Standard Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)

Standard Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) is required for all land-clearing activity, providing drainage perimeter controls, and stabilization of work-areas final seeding and finishing.

Standard Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)

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Demolition Permit

Any building or structure that is to be demolished.

Cost: Based on construction cost (EPSC plan fees apply)

Demolition Permit

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Site Work Permit Application (Excavation, Grading, & Paving)

Clearing land area in excess of 350 ft2 requires grade slope and elevation plans. Projects excavating or grading more than an acre of land require additional storm water plans to prevent soil erosion and flooding.

Paving plans must be approved for new parking lots and driveways.

Cost: Based on construction cost (EPSC plan fees apply)

Site Work Permit Application (Excavation, Grading, & Paving)

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Manufactured Home Permit

When assembling a manufactured home on land area 750 ft2 or greater require a permit and Plot Plans. Smaller projects require a permit and dimensional drawings that show property lines and utility easements.

Cost: Based on construction cost (EPSC plan fees apply)

Manufactured Home Permit

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Mobile Home Permit

Installing mobile home into a park requires a permit along with the signature of park owner or manager. Additions such as a porch, pool or storage building require a separate building permit.

Cost: $25 (Park owner/manager signature is required)

Mobile Home Permit

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House Moving Permit

Housing structures moved using city roads require a permit and approved inspection. The placement location of the structure may require building or grading permits.

Cost: Based on construction cost (EPSC plan fees apply)

House Moving Permit

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Fence Permit

Fences standing above seven feet in height require a permit and dimensional drawings. Property line set-backs, utility easements and prevention of soil erosion must be considered.

Cost: Based on construction cost (EPSC plan fees apply)

Fence Permit

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No Fee Permit

When constructing or placing an accessory structure less than 200 ft2 or a fence less than seven feet tall. Commercial accessory structure 120 ft2 or less. No fee will be charged for these approvals.

No Fee Permit

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Permanent Sign Permit

Signs must conform to the Sign Standards set out in Article 4 of the Zoning Ordinance. Permanent Signs placed on a building require 5 copies of plot plans with approved engineering stamp for review.

Cost: $73

Permanent Sign Permit

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Temporary Sign Permit

Based on local, state and federal declarations of emergency, the City of Bowling Green is suspending permitting requirements for businesses to have On-Premise Temporary Signs, effective 3/20/20.

Businesses do not have to apply for or receive a Temporary Sign Permit from the City of Bowling Green during this suspension. This will allow businesses to advertise to the public on their property, any changes that they have had to their operations without seeking a permit or approval from the City of Bowling Green.

This suspension is in effect until further notice from the City of Bowling Green.

Signs must conform to the Sign Standards set out in Article 4 of the Zoning Ordinance.

Temporary Signs not fixed to a building, portable freestanding, or eye catchers require a Temporary sign permit and fee expiring after 30 days. Permits can be renewed for $25, three times per year or a total of 120 days annually per temporary sign.

Temporary signs must be inspected for proper placement and the Sign Compliance officer will place a tracking seal on each Temporary sign authorizing placement and expiration date.

Temporary signs may be placed on a building without obtaining a permit when existing Permanent Sign permit is on file with the Building Division.

Cost: $25/sign per 30 day renewal

Temporary Sign Permit

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Swimming Pool Permit

New in-ground swimming pools, additions to existing pools or alterations to your pool require a permit and ESPC plan.

Additions such as a deck or pool house require a separate building permit.

Cost: Based on construction cost (EPSC plan fees apply)

Swimming Pool Permit

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Tent Permit

Tents erected in excess of 120ft2 require a permit. Dimensions, purpose of use, date of placement, timeframe for use, and number of tents must be provided. Electrical power being used in or around tent requires electrical permit.

Tent Permit

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Additional Fees
Fee Cost Additional Information
EPSC Plan Fee $35 If 750ft2 or more of land disturbed
  $75 If 1 acre or more of land is disturbed
Permit Pouch Protector $5 Protects your permit documents
Certificate of Occupancy $3 Following an approved final inspection
Customer Service

Plan Reviews
270-393-3478

Building Permits & Inspections
270-393-3615

Electrical Permits & Inspections
270-393-3676

Email
building.division@bgky.org

Address
707 E Main Ave
Bowling Green, KY 42101

Mailing
P.O. Box 430
Bowling Green, KY 42102

Hours
7:30am - 4:30pm (Mon-Fri)

E-Permits Portal

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