Building & Codes
The Building & Codes Department is responsible for the permitting and inspection of all construction projects in the City of De Soto as well as enforcement of city code. Private wastewater (septic) systems within the City of De Soto are also overseen by the building inspection department. De Soto does not require business licenses, however all building contractors doing business in De Soto must be licensed by Johnson County Contractor Licensing.
- Do I need a building permit?
A permit is required to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a residential or commercial structure. Permits are also required to construct, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing systems. Typical projects that require permits are replacing a furnace and/or A/C unit, replacing a water heater, replacing a deck, or building a fence. Cosmetic interior remodeling, such as replacement of cabinets, doors, carpeting and plumbing fixtures do not require a permit. Siding and window replacement does not require a permit but all roof replacements do.
- Do I need a permit to build a detached building or garage?
Yes, a permit is required for any detached structure or accessory building which is larger than 200 square feet. Contact the Building Inspection Department or Planning Department prior to building any structure for information on allowable sizes and building setbacks.
- Do I need a permit to finish my basement?
Yes; you may also reference the Basement Finishing and Remodeling Guidelines (PDF) handout for full information.
- Do I need an inspection of my private wastewater system if I sell my house?
Yes, city code requires all private wastewater systems to be inspected within 30 days of any transfer of property. For more information on scheduling a private wastewater inspection visit our private wastewater page at http://www.desotoks.us/178/Private-Wastewater-Systems-Septic
- Do I need a permit to replace my windows or siding?
No, contact the Building Inspection Department, at 913-586-5277 with any questions.
- Do I need a permit to re-roof my house?
Yes, in addition, the Code requires a complete tear-off with only 1 layer of roofing material and ice and water shield is required at eaves. Roofing contractors must be licensed by Contractor Licensing.
- Do I need a permit to place or replace a sign?
Yes, most situations require a permit. Contact the Building Inspection Department at 913-586-5277 for more information.
- Do I need a permit to install or replace a fence?
- Does the City require business licenses?
No, The City currently does not require a business license; however, all contractors or subcontractors must be licensed by Contractor Licensing, prior to applying for permit.
- Does the City require a business license if I do the construction work myself?
An owner may act as a general contractor and perform construction work only if they, own and occupy as their primary residence, the property listed on the permit as the site address. A notarized statement is required and they are subject to the same code inspections as a contractor would be.