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In May, 2011, the City of Smithville Building Inspections Department underwent an evaluation by ISO, Inc. to re-evaluate its' rating.  ISO, Inc. evaluates cities across the United States to establish both fire ratings and building code enforcement ratings, which are used by insurance underwriters to establish insurance rates.  As a result of the most recent evaluation, the City of Smithville has elevated its' performance rating to 7, an increase in 3 rating levels since our last rating.  As a result of this evaluation process, the Building Department has been given a clear path on additional services and levels of service that will allow our rating to approve again in the future.


This department is responsible for all aspects of permits and inspections related to the various building codes in effect.  Beginning January 16, 2013, the City of Smithville will transition from the 2006 International Codes to the 2012 Edition.  All permits issued before January 16th will utilize the requirements of the 2006 Editions.  On all permits issued thereafter, the requirements in the following codes will be enforced:


    2012 International Building Code

    2012 International Residential Code

    2011 National Electrical Code

    2012 International Plumbing Code

    2012 International Mechanical Code

    2012 International Fuel Gas Code

    2012 International Energy Efficiency Code

The City of Smithville has prepared these Building Guidelines to assist property owners and contractors with the orderly construction of new residential projects, additions to existing structures and basement finishing projects within the provisions of the adopted building and zoning codes.  Please read them carefully and understand that they do not include all code requirements, but are summarized for an efficient guideline.  Should you have questions, or would like to review the adopted building codes, you may stop by City Hall at 107 W. Main.


Inspections are performed during regular business hours.  From April 15 to October 15, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and from October 16 to April 14th, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  A minimum of twenty four (24) hours notice is required for any inspection, except Sewer inspection, which require a minimum of four hours notice.  All questions related to the enforcement of these codes should be made to   Brandi Schuerger at (816) 866-2056.  To request an Inspection, click here.

New construction, additions to existing homes, and basement finishing projects on residential property, as well as new construction additions to and tenant finishes for Commercial property require a completed new construction permit application.  Permits are also required for most other types of construction, including fences, decks, poolsoutbuildings, as well as for many electrical, mechanical or plumbing work, including new lawn irrigation systems.  Prior to commencing any such work, you should verify whether a permit is required first. If work begins prior to the issuance of a permit, the regular permit fee will be double.  For all incidental construction, you must submit an incidental construction permit application.


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