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Important Developments & News

Flood Recovery:   As property owners in Harrisonville contemplate clean up and repairs following recent flooding, Chris Arthur of the City’s Building Division office is reminding residents to obtaining local permits before repairing or rebuilding flood-damaged structures. The permits are required as part of local government participation in the National Flood Insurance Program, providing eligibility for flood insurance, flood disaster assistance, state and federal grants and loans, and buyout funds for flood-prone property.

Arthur explains that local floodplain management ordinances require that permits be obtained for any construction or development activity in a floodplain area, including the repair or reconstruction of structures damaged by flooding.

Arthur adds that special conditions apply to substantially damaged buildings - those in which the total cost of repairs is 50 percent or more of the structure's pre-flood market value. If a building is found to be substantially damaged, regulations require that repairs not begin until compliance with the local floodplain ordinance is demonstrated.  In some cases, that may require repairs that include elevating or flood-proofing the structure to reduce the potential for future flood damage.

The cost to repair must be calculated for full repair to "pre-damaged'' condition, even if the owner elects to do less. The total cost to repair includes structural and finish materials as well as labor. If labor and materials have been donated they must still be assigned a value. If local building codes require the structure to be repaired according to certain standards, these additional costs must be included in the full repair cost for the structure.

Arthur advises that state and federal assistance may be available to property owners to reduce the chances of future flood damage. Mitigation assistance may cover costs of relocation, or for elevating or purchasing flood-damaged structures. Flood insurance may also provide up to $30,000 to protect a structure from future flood damage.

Property owners and residents with flood-damaged buildings should contact Chris Arthur at (816) 380-8912 for more information on repair and reconstruction permits.

Building Permits:  As of May 9, 2017, permit applications and fee payments will no longer be processed over the phone.  Permits can still be applied for online.  All permit fees will need to be paid for at City Hall at the time of permit pick up.  
Roof Replacement:
  As of July 1, 2017, the building division will no longer require permitting for roof replacement jobs unless there is structural repair or major mechanical/electrical /plumbing work involved.  Roofing contractors are still required to have a current business license and jobs will be spot checked for this.  Please remember, all roof replacement jobs are still required to be done in compliance with the current adopted building codes. 


The Building Division oversees all development and building activity within the City of Harrisonville. Specific activities include:

  • Building permitting and inspection
  • Plan review
  • Signs
  • Property Maintenance Ordinances
  • Nuisance Abatement

Building Permitting, Plan Review & Inspection

Building permitting and inspection ensures that all construction undertaken within the city complies with established minimum construction standards. Such oversight maintains public safety standards within our buildings and keeps property values high. Building Division personnel will review construction plans, issue all applicable permits, and conduct building inspections before approving and issuing certificates of occupancy.  Building Division Documents

Sign Regulation
Sign regulation helps to maintain and enhance the city’s aesthetic environment and our ability to attract sources of economic development and growth. It also provides for a desirable and attractive living environment through harmonious signage.

Property Maintenance Ordinances

Property maintenance ordinances ensures that buildings and properties within the city are properly maintained. Those with an appearance which has a blighting effect on a neighborhood are required to be repaired and restored to good condition.

Chris Arthur, CBO, MCP
Building Official
Phone: 816-380-8912

John Morris
Building Inspector
Code Enforcement Inspector
Phone: 816-380-8921

300 E. Pearl St.
Harrisonville, MO 64701

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Ph: 816-380-8958
Fx: 816-380-8906

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