At the present time, Riley County does not have building codes. However, all zoning districts require building permits, including the Agricultural District, to determine proper zoning, setbacks and sanitary code compliance.
A building permit (pdf) is required prior to the start of any new construction, enlargement (i.e. increasing of the footprint of a building or structure), reconstruction, moving, or a change of use within a building or structure. Examples of structures are decks, storage containers, portable structures, grain bins and in-ground swimming pools. Manufactured homes located outside of a mobile home park are required to be placed on a permanent foundation and require a building permit.
Building permits are not required for driveways, fences or sidewalks.
A separate building permit is required for each category; however, if a principal structure and an accessory structure are constructed simultaneously, the total fee (pdf) for the two permits shall be $50 above the permit fee for the principal structure. In the event construction is commenced prior to the issuance of a building permit, the permit fee shall be doubled to compensate for the direct costs and additional staff costs involved in enforcement activities.
In the planning stages of your project, if there will be any plumbing involved, remodeling or enlarging to add additional bedrooms(s) or if the septic loading within the structure will be increased, please contact the Environmental Health Specialist located in the Planning & Development Department, to verify if the septic system is sized correctly.
Commercial, non-residential (industrial or place of assembly), multi-family, or agritourism facility projects, please contact the Riley County Rural Fire Department #1, 115 N 4th, Manhattan, KS, 785-537-6333 in the early stages of the planning process to discuss fire code compliance. Code compliance approval documentation will be required before processing a Permit to Build Application (pdf).
The fees (pdf) for a building permit are as follows:
Residential Principal Structure.....................................$150
Commercial/Industrial Principal Structure......................$225
Residential Addition/Accessory Structure.......................$150
Commercial/Ind Addition/Accessory Structure................$225
Fees doubled if construction commences prior to issuance of a building permit.