Yes. They must be purchased annually at City Hall.
The municipal code of Smithville requires all businesses procure a
license before doing business in the City. State statute requires the
City to ensure Sales Tax has been paid to the State of Missouri. The
licensing process provides for the City to ensure businesses are
complying with State statutes, and the license tax helps the City to
provide businesses with services, such as police protection and
All construction in or to a structure such as the house or garage will likely require a permit. Additionally, the City requires permits for fences, decks, pools and outbuildings larger than 120 square feet. Some items such as re-roofing your house or replacing existing windows do not require permits. It is recommended that all persons interested in constructing in the city limits to contact the Building Regulations Department to find out what permits are needed and the cost for the permit.Working without a required permit will cost twice the original permit amount, and may require some of the work to be removed or demolished so that proper inspections are properly completed.
The City of Smithville regulates the allowable height for weeds and grass in all areas of the City to reduce nuisances to adjacent property owners. The City of Smithville's revision to Section 302.4 of the International Property Maintenance Code requires:
All premises and exterior property shall be maintained free from weeds or plant growth in excess of 7 inches in all residentially zoned ground with an approved final plat and all commercial and industrial ground, if a structure is located on the lot.
16 inches on all undeveloped ground without structures that is adjacent to ground with an occupied structure, but only for the first 30 feet from the property line or 50 feet from the adjacent residential structure, whichever is less.
16 inches on all agricultural zoned ground without crops that is adjacent to ground with an occupied structure, but only for the first 30 feet from the property line or 50 feet from the adjacent residential structure, whichever is less. Hay and grass shall constitute a crop if, and only if, it is regularly harvested. If not regularly harvested, then such hay or grass shall not constitute a crop for purposes of this Section.
Discharging cut grass clippings into the City street or on the sidewalk must be removed once mowing is complete. Failure to remove the clippings may result in a ticket to Municipal Court.
The city has adopted the International Codes for construction issued in 2012. These include the 2012 International Building, Energy Conservation, Residential, Plumbing, Mechanical, Property Maintenance and Fuel Gas Codes, as well as the 2011 National Electrical Code.
The Code Enforcement Department enforces all nuisance violations on a complaint only basis. If you believe a nuisance exists, contact our Department at 532-3897 or file a complaint here
You will need to provide the address of the property where the nuisance exists. Within 24 hours, an inspector will view the property to determine if any violations exist and proceed with enforcement if warranted.
An occupancy permit enforces the city’s property maintenance code
standards. It requires an inspection to ensure that the house or
apartment is safe for occupancy. The maintenance code standards not
protect residents’ well being, but also protect financial
investments and property values. Occupancy is illegal without an
The City of Smithville and the Clay County Assessor's Mapping Department entered into an agreement to provide On-line access to the zoning designation for any parcel located inside the City Limits of Smithville. You can search zoning here
If you believe you see a zoning violation, use the Report a Concern function under the How do I? tab in the upper right hand corner. If you still have questions concerning Zoning Issues, either send an e-mail
or call City Hall at 532-3897.
The City must follow several state laws concerning nuisance abatement. Upon identification
of a violation, the City must provide the property owner with a written
notice of the violations and time to correct the violations. After
10 days, if the violations are not corrected, the City must provide
the owner with a separate notice that if the violation is not corrected
with 5 additional days, the city can enter the property and abate the
violation, and record a special tax bill on the property. Only
after these notices may the city actually correct the violation.
City property tax rate is $0.4583; the sales tax is 7.225%. All tax rates
to find the two members of the Board of Aldermen that represent your ward.
Department contact information is listed on the department’s home page
and in the upper right corner of every department web page.
No - there is no City permit required to fish at Helvey Lake.
Call the Parks Department at 816.532.8130
Call City Hall at 816.532.3897
April 15 to October 15 each year
The City of Smithville offers options when it comes to disposing of yard waste. Yard waste consists of leaves, grass clippings and small sticks and branches. These items cannot be included with household trash. Placing or blowing yard waste into the street storm drains or waterways is strictly prohibited.
Curbside pickup for yard waste is available for Smithville residents. Stickers that mark the bags for curbside pick-up can be purchased from the City for $1.25 each. For additional information call City Hall at 816-532-3897.
A yearly subscription for curbside yard waste collection is also available from Jim's Disposal. This service is available annually from March 1 to December 31. For additional information call Jim's Disposal at 816-221-1932.
Smithville residents can utilize the Missouri Organic yard waste drop-off site at 11660 N. Main (just off Cookingham and I-435) in Kansas City. For more information call 816-513-1313.
If the backup occurs in a city maintained line, the wastewater will normally overflow out of the lowest possible opening. In some homes — especially those with basements, or where the lowest level is even with the sewer lines — the overflowing wastewater may exit through the home’s lower drains and toilets.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources requires the water supplier to inform the public immediately if a regulation that is considered to be a danger to public health is not being met. A Consumer Confidence Report is also provided every July to inform the customer of Smithville`s water quality.
Every public water supply in Missouri is regulated by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. There
are strict limits and regulations on minerals, chlorine and other disinfectants,
disinfection by-products, nitrates, lead and copper and other chemicals
for every supplier of public water.
You can reach the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Kansas City regional office at (816) 622-7000 or
visit their website at http://www.dnr.mo.gov/.
Water is pumped from Smithville Lake into the drinking water treatment plant. Upon entering the plant, a coagulant and a disinfectant are added to remove algae, dirt and other organics from the water. The water then goes through a process of settling in three different treatment basins before it is filtered. Smithville uses sand and anthracite filters to filter the water before it is pumped to holding towers at the water treatment facilities. As it enters these holding towers a small amount of chlorine is added for disinfection. The treated water is then pumped to four towers at different locations throughout the city.
Black particles can come from several different sources: the inside of steel pipe, a broken water filter,
a degrading washer or gasket in a plumbing fixture or a disintegrating,
black rubber, flexible supply line hose.
White or tan particles can come from several different sources: the inside of your plastic plumbing, your
water heater or a water softener.
Smithville`s water does contain some calcium that can precipitate out and cause scaling or clogging of lines
in appliances. Yearly flushing maintenance of your water heater is recommended
to prevent build-up. Use white vinegar or a specialized product for
scale removing in appliances. Scale build-up on plumbing fixtures can
be removed with any lime-removing product.
- You will be asked questions about the backup timing, location, the property at risk, etc.
- City personnel will check for blockages in the main line. If a blockage is found, it will be immediately cleared.
- If the main line is not blocked, you will be advised to call a plumbing or sewer contractor to check your service line. Maintenance and repair of the service line is the owner's responsibility from the house to, and including, the connection to the city's main sewer. The main sewer is owned and maintained by the City of Smithville.
- To minimize damage and negative health effects, you should arrange for cleanup of the property as soon as possible. There are qualified businesses that specialize in this type of cleanup if you'd prefer to not handle the cleanup yourself.
If you prefer water that requires less soap for showering or less detergent for laundry, then a water softener
may be a good solution for you.
Smithville is not considered to have hard water. Since Smithville gets their water from the lake, there are
very low concentrations of iron and other minerals that contribute to
hard water. Most hard water comes from wells or ground water with high
concentrations of these minerals. Smithville`s water hardness averages
between 95-110 parts per million. This is equivalent to 5.5-6.4 grains
- Avoid putting grease down your garbage disposal or household drain. It will solidify, collect debris and accumulate in city lines, or build up in your own sewer service line.
- Never flush disposable diapers, sanitary napkins or paper towels down the toilet. They could stop up your drains and may damage your plumbing system.
- If the lateral line in your older home has a jointed pipe system, consider whether the roots of large shrubs or trees near the line could invade and break pipes. It is a good idea to know the location of your lateral line(s). Your plumber may be able to help you determine the location of your service line between your house and the city's sewer main.
- If the lowest level of your home is below ground level, such as a basement floor drain, it may one day be affected by a backup. One way to prevent sewage backup through such below ground areas is to install a "back-flow valve" on the lowest drain(s). You can also use a plumber's test plug to close these drains when not in use.
- For further information about preventive measures, contact the City of Smithville, a licensed plumber or plumbing supply dealer.
The water department utilizes a strong oxidant called chlorine dioxide to disinfect the water. Chlorine dioxide
is a gas that can interact with other chemicals in the home to give
off a cat urine type smell. This usually occurs in homes that have been
newly built or have been recently remodeled. New paint and new carpeting
will also react with chlorine dioxide.
Smithville`s water does contain manganese at levels that can sometimes cause an objectionable metallic taste in
the drinking water. Manganese is a naturally occurring mineral in the
water that has no adverse health effects.
Water that has a reddish tint often indicates rust problems in the home`s plumbing. Contact a local plumber
to determine if the plumbing is becoming corroded. Corroded plumbing
in a home will eventually lead to a water leak at a weak spot in the
Discolored water usually occurs when there has been a water break, a water main repair or addition of water
mains into the distribution system. Water mains are always flushed after
work is completed but some discolored water can enter into the customer`s
service line. Flush all cold-water faucets in the house until the water
runs clear. Avoid using any hot water during this process so you do
not draw discolored water into your hot water heater.
Sanitary sewers flow by gravity so they generally follow the natural slope of the ground. The sewer mains that the city owns and maintains are typically located eight to fifteen feet below ground. Sanitary sewer backups can be caused by a number of factors. They usually involve sewer pipe blockages in either the city’s main sewer lines or in the private sewer service line which the property owner owns and maintains (sewer line between buildings and the city’s main sewer line).
Causes of a backup may include:
- Pipe breaks or cracks due to tree roots.
- System deterioration.
- Construction mishaps.
- Grease accumulation.
- Hair, or other solid materials, such as disposable diapers or sanitary napkins
- Another frequent cause of backups in residences is a ground water connection to the sanitary sewer system. Storm water connections may cause major backups in city lines as well as in residents’ private service lines.
- Vandalism. Leaves, sticks, rocks, bricks and trash are sometimes found stuffed down manholes.
- Every attempt is made to prevent backups in the public wastewater system before they occur.
- Sewer lines are specially designed to prevent accumulation and stoppages.
- In addition, we have maintenance crews that are devoted to inspecting and cleaning wastewater lines throughout the city on a regular schedule.
- Degreasing chemicals are sometimes injected into lines in areas that are prone to stoppages, such as those near restaurants, apartments or high-density housing developments.
- Even with our maintenance schedule, however, backups are often beyond the city's control. Most that do occur are confined to the sewage pipeline, rather than backing up into a home.
Alkalinity averages between 88-105 parts per million.
PH averages between 7.8 and 8.3.
The pink film that sometimes grows in these areas is serratia marcescens bacteria. These bacteria are naturally
occurring in animal and human feces, dust, soil and can be carried in
the air. They will grow in an environment that is moist and in areas
that have soap and food residue. These bacteria cannot grow in chlorinated
water. Homes that use carbon filters will often notice a greater problem
with this bacteria due to the chlorine being stripped from the water.
The best way you can help reduce the amount of FOG entering the sanitary sewer system is by properly disposing of fats, oils and grease. Do not put FOG down the drain. Instead, let the grease cool in a container, and place the container in the trash for pick up during your normal trash day.
- First, take action to protect people and valuable property.
- Keeping in mind that ceramic plumbing fixtures such as toilets are fragile. Quickly close all drain openings with stoppers or plugs. Tub, sink and floor drains may need additional weight to keep them sealed. A string mop can be used to help plug toilet openings.
- Don't run any water down your drains until the blockage has been cleared.
- A quick check with nearby neighbors will help determine if the backup appears to be in your wastewater service line or widespread in your neighborhood. If the backup is widespread, call the distribution division immediately at 816-532-0577.
- Call a plumber if the problem is contained to your wastewater service line.
Smithville treats water from Smithville Lake.
The most common cause of cloudy water is air in the water main or the customer`s service line. Air may get
in the water line because of a water break of water line repair. Cold
water in winter months contains dissolved oxygen that will appear as
air bubbles in the water as it warms up. To test this, fill a clear
glass with water and allow it to sit out until it reaches room temperature.
You should notice air bubbles along the side of the glass as the water
Several types of blue-green algae are prevalent in Smithville Lake. As these algae bloom or decay they release
chemical compounds that cause musty, earthy tastes and odors. These
chemical compounds are called Geosmin and Methylisoborneol (MIB).These
compounds have no adverse health effects but do cause taste and odor
Fats, oils and grease (FOG) can be a major problem for the City's sanitary sewers. About 75 percent of sewer stoppages are attributed to FOG buildup. When FOG is discharged to the sewer, it cools and accumulates on the sidewalls of the pipes. Over time, the accumulation of grease restricts the flow and causes blockages in the sewer, clogging the pipes and constricting the flow of wastewater. This can lead to overflowing manholes onto City streets or in residential yards becoming an environmental and health hazard. FOG can also cause basement backups costing hundreds if not thousands of dollars in damage and clean-up costs at the property owner's expense.
In the majority of cases, a special rider will need to be added to your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy to cover damages related to sewage backups or water damage. This optional coverage is usually not very expensive, but you must request that it be added to your policy. Check with your insurance agent about this policy provision.
As with the majority of municipalities in the country, the city cannot assume full financial responsibility for damages resulting from sewage backups, since most stoppages are related to conditions that are beyond the city’s control. That is why it is important that property owners confirm that they are adequately insured — particularly if areas of their home lie below ground level. Call your insurance agent today to have this coverage added to your policy.