FAQ


FAQ

When am I required to obtain a building permit?
If you intend to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, plumbing, or elevator system, you are required to pull a building permit. If you have any doubts as to whether the work you are performing falls under the scope of these provisions, please contact the Building Official at 816-252-4400 ext. 1122.
Does replacing plumbing or electrical fixtures - such as faucets, toilets, lights or ceiling fans - require a building permit?
No, you do not need a permit to change plumbing or electrical fixtures. However, if you add new plumbing or electrical fixtures where they didn't already exist, you must pull a building permit.
I intend to do work on my own home. Do I still need to pull a building permit?
Yes, a permit must be pulled even if you are performing the work on your own home. This includes, but is not limited to, basement finishes, deck construction, and room additions.
Do I need to pull a building permit to build a fence or retaining wall?
Fences that are 6 feet high or less do not require a building permit. If the fence is higher than 6', it does require a permit. To obtain a permit for fences higher than 6', engineered drawings must be submitted stating that the fence can withstand a 90-mile per hour, 3-second wind gust. 6' fences are allowed in the rear yard and 4' open fences are allowed in the front yard. There are very specific requirements for corner lots or lots with two frontages. All fences must be within the property boundaries. The finished side of any fence must face towards your neighbors. Retaining walls over 4-feet high also require a building permit and engineered drawings stamped by a Missouri Licensed Engineer.
Do I need to pull a building permit to build a shed?
Accessory structures like sheds, detached garages, storage units, etc, do not need a permit if the square footage area is under 120 sq. ft. However, any accessory structure of any size is required to meet current building code standards when erected. Accessory structures must also meet zoning setback standards, so it is advisable to check with the Sugar Creek Building Department before erecting any accessory structure. If you intend to install electrical, plumbing, or mechanical systems in the accessory structure, you will be required to pull a permit for that portion of the work.
Do I need to pull a building permit to build a swimming pool or to install a hot tub?
Yes, because installation of a swimming pool or hot tub requires, at the very least, installation of electrical wiring, you are required to pull a permit for such work.
Do I need to pull a building permit to re-roof my house?
The City code allows a maximum of 2 layers of asphalt shingles on a roof.
What happens once I have pulled a building permit?
Once the permit has been pulled, you will be required to call for inspections at certain stages of the construction. A building inspector will come to the job-site and review the work for compliance with the building code. If the work passes inspection, you will be allowed to continue to the next stage. If the work does not pass, you will be given a list of corrections to make. Once the corrections are made, you may call for re-inspection. After all of the necessary inspections have been made and approved, the permit will be closed. For a list of required inspections, see our Required Inspections section under Building Permits or visit the Building Department.
Once I have pulled a building permit, how long do I have to complete the work?
Work must begin within 180 days of the permit being issued. Exterior work - such as walls, room additions, decks, patio covers, etc. - shall be limited to 180 days duration (from the day work begins). All other work shall be limited to 1 year (from the day work begins). If work is not completed within the time allowed, an extension not to exceed 180 days may be granted. The extension must be requested in writing and justifiable cause must be demonstrated.
How much does a building permit cost?
The cost of a building permit varies greatly depending on the scope of the work being done. For more information, contact the Sugar Creek Building Official. In a general sense, the Building Permit Fee is based on a multiplier of .65 times the sq. footage of new residential construction or .30 times the square footage of remodel/repair residential construction or accessory structure construction.
I have rats, will the city exterminate these?
No. However, the City undertakes a program of rat control through an agreement with a pest control contractor. If you are having your house exterminated the city would like to coordinate efforts with you so the problem is eliminated and not just relocated. Call the Police Codes Enforcement Officer at 816-252-7058 to register complaints or report the sighting of rats. Call the Public Works Department to coordinate city baiting of manholes in the area at 816-252-4413 ext. 1301.
My neighbors will not cut their grass, who do I report this to?
All yards must be cut so that the height of the grass is less than 12" high and all noxious weeds are eliminated. The City will notify persons not complying with regulations of the need to mow their property. If the property is not mowed, the City will see that the property is mowed and bill the violator a fee. Contact the Police Codes Enforcement Officer at 816-252-7058 to report violations.
My neighbor's yard is full of debris and junk?
The Municipal Code prohibits any accumulation of worn out, broken or worthless items, including broken toys, washing machines, clothes dryers, stoves, ranges, refrigerators, newspapers, trash or refuse on any property. Useful items, such as lumber, boxes, barrels, bottles, cans, ladders, carts, logs and metal must be properly stored. Exterior storage of cars, trailers, campers and boats is required to be on paved surface.  To report any violations contact the Police Department at 816-252-7058.
There is a new renter moving into the neighbors structure, who can I call to check that the property has a current Occupancy Permit?
You may call either the On-Duty Firefighters or the Building Official to report a recent occupation of a building that you suspect has not been inspected by the city. The On-Duty Fighters can be reached at 816-521-7923 ext. 5. The Building Official can be reached at 816-252-4400 ext. 1122.