Do I Need a Permit?

Thinking of Doing the Work Yourself?

It's your home, why not do the work yourself? You may want to ask yourself a few questions and get yourself informed before you start doing those 'honey-dos'.

What Can I Do Without a Permit?

If it was there before, then you can repair or replace such things as paint, wall paper, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops, paneling and similar finish work. New construction including additions and changes most likely require a permit. Don't hesitate to call us - 316-660-1840. We can help you navigate through the process. You can also look at Sec. 2.4.020 for detailed information regarding required permits and other residential code.

Okay, so I Need a Permit. Where Do I Go to Get One?

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8am to 5pm and on Wednesday from 9am to 5pm.
Location: 271 W. 3rd St. N. 1st floor - suite 101.
Parking is free. The parking lot entrance is off of 3rd street and MABCD is located just South of the City building.

Plan on staying for an hour so that MABCD staff can get you all the information you will need with clear steps on how to proceed.

Do I Need to Get Certified Before Doing the Work Myself?

YES! Get educated! MABCD requires homeowners to pass exams at a 75% satisfaction level before you can do:

Electrical –
3 hour open book
Exam must be started before 1:00 p.m.
Book – 2017 National Electrical Code Book
Multiple Choice - 50 Questions
$50 – to take the test
75% for passing
Plumbing -
Unlimited time
Exam must be started before 1:00 p.m.
Book = 2012 Uniform Plumbing Code Book
Multiple Choice - 30 Questions
$25 – to take the test
75% for passing
Water Heater -
Unlimited time
Exam must be started before 1:00 p.m.
Book = 2012 Uniform Plumbing Code Book & a handout
Multiple Choice - 20 Questions
$25 – to take the test
75% for passing

Mechanical –
*Must contact Mechanical Chief – 660-1829

REMEMBER! You must get a permit and schedule and pass all inspections.

What Are My Responsibilities If I Do This Myself?

You may have the same responsibilities and liability as a licensed contractor. Also, you may be legally accountable to any debtors like your mortgage company for detrimental changes you make to your home.

Some of the consequences that may fall on you are: