Guidelines for Building

Citizen Access - online permittingApplication requirements

Either a residential building permit application or commercial building permit application with applicable plan review fee. Please make check payable to City of Olathe and submit it with the required plans as listed below.

All supplemental documents (procedures, applications, etc). Choose legal size paper for first page on a commercial application.

New residential construction permits

A residential building permit application with one signed/sealed sets of building plans, include structural, architectural, and two complete plot plans sealed (wet seal or embossed - signed) by licensed professional engineer, architect or land surveyor. And one CD of plans in .TIF or .PDF format. Plot plans must be 1" = 20' minimum scale and of scannable size - (max. 11 ½ x 17 inches). A minimum of three working days is required to process residential applications.

New commercial construction permits

A commercial building permit application with phased permit submittal checklist attached. Three signed/sealed sets of building plans (plans must be ¼" - 1' minimum scale) and to include: title page defining construction type, occupancy group, building code, etc. Sets must include all civil/site plans, landscape plans, architectural, structural, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC. Two copies each of calculations, specifications, soils reports and letter reporting special inspections and third party inspectors assigned to this project. Include one discs of complete drawings in electronic media - architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, fire sprinkler, fire alarm and civil plans. Plans are to be of equal detail as to represent submitted drawings for permitting. Acceptable media: CDR or CDRW. Acceptable file format: .TIF or .PDF. The first file shall include an index referencing all sheets. These submittals are required at the time of application unless prior written deferral is approved.

Commercial tenant finish or remodel

One Commercial-Industrial application with only pages nine and 10 of the phased permit submittal checklist (VI. Tenant Finish/Remodel section) attached. Three signed/sealed sets of complete building plans for remodel/tenant finish. Tenant Finish permits may be 1/8" - 1' minimum scale. Enclose electronic media as described above.

It is our goal to send comments within 10 working days from all reviewing departments advising of approvals, denials or stipulations for new construction projects. Tenant Finish applications will be processed and comments sent within three to four working days. Architect or Engineer of record will receive these comments through email attachment.

Footing/foundation - commercial only

Footing/foundation application with three signed/sealed sets of plans including erosion control plan, footing, foundation, elevations and any electrical, mechanical or plumbing underslab details.

Other necessary requirements and footing/foundation guidelines.

Incomplete applications, with missing information or lack of document submittals, will impact the timeliness of your application processing.

Building Codes adopted by the City of Olathe (effective April 1, 2013)

2012 International Building Code

2012 International Residential Code for One & Two Family Dwellings

2012 International Existing Building Code

2012 International Plumbing Code

2012 International Mechanical Code

2012 International Fuel Gas Code

2011 National Electric Code

2012 International Energy Conservation Code

2009 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities ICC/ANSI A1117.1

2012 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code

2012 International Property Maintenance Code

2012 International Fire Code

Contractor licensing

Contractor licensing must be obtained through Johnson County Contractor Licensing.

City ordinances require the general contractor, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, roofing and framing contractors to be licensed with Johnson County. No permits are issued unless all contractors are licensed.

Building permits - general information

Building permit and plan review fees


Building inspection scheduling procedures