Permit Applications, Fees & Forms
Other Permit Types
- For all the Promulgated Building Permit Fees & Regulations in PDF format click here.
Building Permit Required
Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, remodel or change the occupancy of a building, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system the installation of which is regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit. (Kentucky Building Code Section 105.1)
Construction or work for which a permit is required shall be subject to inspection by the building official and such construction or work shall remain accessible and exposed for inspection purposes until approved. (Kentucky Building Code Section 109.1) .
For Building Permits the most common inspections are Foundation, Framing/Rough-in, and Final. All appropriate inspections are required to be completed prior to issuance of Certificate of Occupancy or Letter of Acceptance.
Planning & Zoning Review
New Construction often involves some level of zoning review for compliance with the Louisville/Jefferson County land Development Code which regulates zoning, use, building setbacks and location, signage, landscaping, as well as other items.
Several small cities have zoning authority administered by legislative bodies within those cities. Proposals in those cities requiring discretionary review will initially be reviewed by Louisville Metro Planning Commission and recommendation is made to the legislative body of the small city. The small city's legislative body then takes final action on the proposal. In most cases the small cities have adopted a different version of the Land Development Code and may even have their own revisions.
For more information regarding Planning & Design Services and the Land development Code visit the PDS website: http://www.louisvilleky.gov/PlanningDesign/
Small Cities within Louisville, Coordination
In an effort to increase communication with small cities within Louisville Metro that do not have Expanded Jurisdiction for construction the Construction Review Division makes effort to coordinate its reviews with small cities when requested.
By agreement with Metro, some small cities do issue sign permits locally. In such cases separate approval from Louisville Metro is not required.
A list of small cities, level of permitting and zoning authority, requested reviews, and latest contact information is listed below. While every effort is made to keep this list current contacts do change from time to time.
Contact List (PDF)
Once the Certificate of Occupancy is issued for a project, the fire department has jurisdiction over the building and is therefore included in the Construction Review process. To help ensure successful oversight in the future, the Construction Review Division makes every effort to coordinate its reviews with the fire districts personnel.
Applicants for construction or planning approval are referred to the local fire district in which the project is located for review prior to issuance of approval by Louisville Metro. During planning and permitting stages, the fire department may review for fire apparatus access on the site, hose connections, and hydrant location. An identified contact person from the fire department will then will communicate its approval via stamped plan, letter, e-mail, or standardized form. This approval may be sent directly to Louisville Metro or given to the applicant.
During inspection phase, the fire department official will often review and confirm occupancy loads, exiting, fire detection and suppression systems with the Construction Review inspection staff.Jefferson Country Fire Inspectors Association (PDF)