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No. The Fire Marshal's Office is not responsible for the review or inspection of new structures, renovations, additions, or change of occupancy construction projects.
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A building permit is required when you intend to construct, enlarge, remodel, or change the occupancy of a building, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system.
Note: Not all work requires a building permit. Work such as painting, wallpapering, cabinets and countertops, replacing shingles, window replacement with windows having the same size window opening are examples of work exempt from permit requirements. If you are unsure whether your project requires a building permit, it is best to call Code Enforcement at 859-292-3637.
Each construction project is different and the drawings and details necessary vary depending on the scope of work. If you have questions, you are encouraged to call Code Enforcement at 859-292-3637 to ensure you have the right information.
All construction plans and details are to be drawn to scale and fully dimensioned.
When submitting to Code Enforcement, two hard copies and one digital (i.e. PDF on a thumb drive or disc) of construction plans shall be submitted along with a completed permit application form. Specialized systems such as fire alarm, sprinkler or range hood drawings may be submitted at a later date by the specific contractor or owner. If you are submitting for a plumbing permit in addition to a building permit, one set of plumbing plans each with a Building Permit application form shall be submitted.
For more information on plumbing permits, visit the Kentucky Plumbing Division website.
There are several forms that are important, but none so much as the Building Permit application form. The form is to be completed with all information pertinent to your project; however, not all items on the Building Permit form may be applicable. The owner/owner's name and address and the name and address of a contact person are of utmost importance. Asking for the name and address of an architect and engineer is not to imply that an architect and engineer are required. If one or both are part of the construction design, we ask that their name and address be provided.
Plan review/inspection fees are identified in the fee schedule (PDF). Permit fees can be paid by check payable to the City of Newport, or by cash in person.
There are certain aspects of building construction that are required to be performed by a licensed contractor. All persons performing work within the City of Newport shall first obtain a city occupational license. All electrical, HVAC, mechanical, and plumbing work must be performed by State Licensed Contractors.
There are some exceptions to these requirements for Homeowner Occupied properties; please contact Code Enforcement for further details. 859-292-3637
KRS 322 and KRS 323 identify when the services of a design professional are required to prepare a set of construction drawings. Table 122.1 of the 2013 Kentucky Building Code is intended to explain when a design professional is required based on the occupancy classification of a building and the building occupant load and/or building area.
Contact Code Enforcement at 859-292-3637 if you have further questions.
If your construction project falls under the jurisdiction of the City of Newport, your plans and Building Permit application form will need to be submitted to Code Enforcement online here or at998 Monmouth StreetNewport, KY 41071
The Division of Code Enforcement does not have an expedited permit service. Applications are reviewed in the order in which received. 1 and 2 Family are typically reviewed for code compliance within 14 days. Commercial projects vary depending on the size of the project.