Building Permits

Seward County has adopted building codes for all of the unincorporated area of the county. Generally, a building permit is needed for all renovation or construction work in the county. This requirement for a building permit has to be met when any alterations are done to the electrical, plumbing, structural, or mechanical system of a building or structure. Permits are also required when placing manufactured homes on a site.

The public is encouraged to phone, email or visit the Planning and Zoning office to verify a parcel's eligibility for permit. This would include checking compliance with zoning and subdivision regulations, potential floodplain areas and access onto the property. Information may also be available on existing development that would be beneficial prior to purchasing a property.

Building permits are required for many reasons including:
  • To protect you, your family, friends, neighbors, neighborhood, and property values
  • To ensure that the work performed on your property is safe, that it meets environmental standards, and complies with County zoning and construction codes
  • To protect your property investment and to minimize liability or problems during a future sale of your property

Permits are issued to licensed contractors or to qualified homeowner/occupants. Permit Applications can be printed from the links below. Completed applications should be submitted to the Seward County Planning and Zoning Department. Fees are determined when applications are submitted.

Agricultural Exemption
Building (Residential)
Building (non-residential)
Floodplain Development
Manufactured Home Installation Residentially Designed Manufactured Home requirements
Electrical hook-up requirements
Septic System Installation  KDHE approved septic tank list
Water Well drilling

Residential permit applications will be approved or denied within 10 business days of receipt of all required information. Applicants that received approved permits are responsible for ensuring all required inspections are obtained.