Building & Inspections Department

DEPARTMENT SERVICES DURING COVID-19 CLOSURE

After careful consideration and to ensure the safety of City of Andover residents and employees during the state of emergency declared by Governor Laura Kelly and the Butler County Board of Commissioners, the City of Andover Building & Inspections Department is suspending all non-essential inspections until further notice. The Building & Inspections Department will resume normal operating procedures when the current COVID-19 state of emergency has passed. The suspension of select inspections is for the protection of the public as well as Building & Inspections Department personnel. Please carefully review the following details:

New Contractor Licenses, Building Permit and Plan Review Applications

Acceptance of new contractors licenses, building permits and/or plan review applications are being accepted via email: bldg-insp@andoverks.com, fax: 316-977-9482, U.S. Mail, or in the drop box located at City Hall.  Applications must be made on forms provided by the City of Andover Building & Inspections Department at the bottom of this webpage.  Payment for permit fees in the form of check, electronic check or credit card must accompany applications in order to begin processing.  We will continue to assess this function and revise as resources become available and circumstances evolve.  Exceptions may be made for emergency work and/or repairs at the discretion of the Building & Inspections Department staff.

Residential Building Inspections

Building inspections that take place inside an occupied residence have been suspended until further notice. This includes water heaters, furnaces, interior remodeling work, etc. New build residential inspections will be conducted at sites and/or structures that have been cleared of workers only and only as adequate Personal Protective Equipment remains available.

Commercial Building Inspections

Building inspections that take place inside an occupied commercial structure have been suspended until further notice. New build commercial inspections will be conducted at sites and/or structures that have been cleared of workers only and only as Personal Protective Equipment remains available.

Other Inspections

Outdoor inspections necessary for building permits not associated with a new build residential or commercial building permit will be conducted at sites and/or structures that have been cleared of workers only and only as Personal Protective Equipment remains available. Examples include: swimming pool, underground plumbing, demolition, etc.

Virtual Inspections

Inspections may be completed on a case-by-case basis via photos, FaceTime, Skype, Zoom or other means of technology, at the discretion of Building & Inspection Department staff.

Inspection Days

Inspections will only take place on Wednesdays and Fridays until further notice. We will continue to assess this process and revise as resources become available and circumstances evolve.  Inspections will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis and as Building & Inspections staff's time allows.

Requesting an Inspection

Requests for inspections must be submitted via email: bldg-insp@andoverks.com. Requests not emailed and/or requests that do not have all of the required information detailed below will not be processed. Requests must be sent 24 hours in advance of the requested date for inspection. Once placed on the schedule, the requestor will be notified via email of which date the inspection is scheduled.

Email inspection requests must contain the subject line “Request for Inspection” and include the following information:

— Permit Number:

— Site Address:

— Inspection Date Request:

— Requestor Name & Company/Organization:

— Requestor Phone:

— Type of Inspection Requested:

— Detailed Description of Item(s) Needing Inspection:

Notice of Arrival

Inspectors will provide 10 minutes’ advance notice of arrival so that sites to be inspected can be cleared of workers. Failure to clear the site will result in a failed inspection and the inspector leaving the site immediately.

Staff Discretion

Building & Inspection Department staff may refuse any inspection based on various site-specific concerns related to their safety.

We understand that these measures may feel restrictive to your business and/or your customers; however, we appreciate your understanding of the City’s efforts to help keep our employees, our employees’ families and the community safe.

This is a quickly evolving and ever-changing situation that requires our organization to be operationally nimble. You are encouraged to maintain awareness of any further adjustments to City operations by frequently reviewing this webpage as all future updates will be centralized at this location.

Questions and/or concerns related to an active permit/plan review application can be directed to bldg-insp@andoverks.com or by calling 316.733.1303 and leaving a message. The voicemail box is monitored daily, Monday-Friday. One of our Building & Inspections Department staff members will be in touch as they become available.

Building and Construction Codes Updates

Approved Amendments, Codes:

  1. Administrative Permits, Licensing and Fees, Art 1 of Ch IV, Andover City Code, Approved by City Council, Effective January 1, 2019 - Click HERE

  2. Permit Fees, Contractor License Fees and Miscellaneous Fees Resolution, Approved by City Council, Effective January 1, 2019 - Click HERE

  3. Ordinance No. 1674 Adopting and Amending the 2012 International Building Code, Effective, October 5, 2018 - Click HERE

  4. Ordinance No. 1682 Adopting and Amending the 2015 International Mechanical Code, Effective January 18, 2019 – Click HERE
  5.  Ordinance No. 1684 Adopting and Amending the 2015 Uniform Plumbing Code, Effective January 18, 2019 – Click HERE

  6. Ordinance No. 1683  Adopting and Amending the 2014 National Electrical Code, Effective January 18, 2019– Click HERE

Contractor's Licensing

Effective January 1st, 2019, all licenses will now expire December 31st of every odd year, unless it is a trade license – in which case, will expire December 31st of every even year.

For Contractor Exemption Forms, click HERE

For 2019 Contractor License Application, click HERE


Building Permits

Pay your Building Permit fees online. Once you know how much your permit will cost, make a payment!

For permit application information or to schedule an inspection, call the Building Department at (316) 733-1303 ext. 422.

Permits are not approved and no work is authorized until the permit application submitted has been signed by the Building Official and/or the Zoning Administrator.

Permit Requirements

Building Permit Applications are available at City Hall (1609 E. Central Avenue) or by fax or email by calling (316) 733-1303 ext. 422.

**Permits are required for any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, move demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, remove, convert, or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by the City of Andover, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit.

Permit Application Forms and Fees

Permit Type Application Permit Fee
Cell Tower Permit Click HERE $50.00
Drain Layer Permit Click HERE See Schedule on Application
Driveway Approach Permit Click HERE $50.00
Electrical Permit Click HERE See Schedule on Application
Excavation Permit Click HERE $40.00
Fence Permit Click HERE $20.00
Grading Permit Click HERE $50.00
Irrigation/Backflow Preventer Permit Click HERE $50.00
Mechanical Permit Click HERE See Schedule on Application
Manufactured Home Installation Permit Click HERE $75.00
Non Residential Building Permit Click HERE See Schedule, Click HERE
Plumbing Permit Click HERE See Schedule on Application
Residential Building Permit Click HERE See Schedule, Click HERE
Roofing Permit Click HERE $50 Residential, $100 Commercial
Sign Permit - Non Permanent Sign Click HERE $20 per signage
Sign Permit - Permanent Sign Click HERE $20 per signage
Site Permit Click HERE $50.00
Solid Fuel Permit Click HERE See Schedule on Application
Swimming Pool Permit Click HERE See Schedule, Click HERE
Wrecking Permit Click HERE $50.00