A building permit is required before the start of construction of any structure within the unincorporated areas of Riley County. The permit is necessary to verify that the zoning is proper for the intended use, the required setbacks from property lines are achieved, Sanitary Code requirements are met and other basic requirements of this type. The permit does not involve construction inspection since there is no adopted building code that applies to the unincorporated areas of the County.
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Generally fences are exempt from zoning regulations and therefore do not require a permit for construction. The only possible exception to this rule would be if the fence would create a vision obstruction at a street intersection. Check with the County Zoning Officer if there is a possible concern in this regard.
Riley County requires a building permit but has not adopted building codes. During a building permit inspection the primary concern is determining the building is set back the proper distances from all property lines. The inspector does not examine how the building is being constructed. Consult a qualified contractor or building professional regarding industry standard construction techniques and proper installation of electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems. The respective cities within the County vary regarding their building code requirements. Check with the individual city before starting construction.
State law requires that all property owners within 1000 feet of a rezoning, variance or conditional use request be notified of the public hearing on the matter. However, there is no such state or local requirement to notify adjacent property owners upon the issuance of a building permit. Prospective purchasers of land should always research the surrounding zoning of land to determine what sorts of uses may be permitted that may effect property values or enjoyment of the land to be purchased.
Many times utility companies will require a property address prior to providing utilities to a site. The property address is assigned by Riley County Planning & Development when the building permit is issued. If you need an address prior to issuance of a building permit, contact our office and we will attempt to assist you.
The only definitive way to determine your property lines is to have your lot or tract surveyed by a Licensed Land Surveyor. They will need to locate or establish the property survey pins at the corners of the lot or tract. If you can locate your own property corner pins, that should allow or help you and the surveyor establish the correct property lines.
Building setback requirements from right-of-way or property lines vary by zoning category. Generally, all buildings must be setback from all right-of-way lines 25 feet except when abutting a major or minor traffic way (NOTE: The right-of-way line is not necessarily the edge of the pavement. The right-of-way is considerably wider than the roadway surface) Side and rear yard setbacks vary for each zoning category and by building type. To determine these requirements you should contact Planning & Development before beginning construction.
Occasionally the owner or builder is not aware of the building permit requirement and begins construction without a permit. If you want to know whether or not a building permit has been issued for a particular project, please contact the Planning and Development office at 785-537-6332. Please have specific information regarding the location such as address, legal description or owner of the property.