Building Codes Administration

The Building Codes Administration Department works with architects, engineers, builders, contractors, developers, and citizens to resolve building and electrical code issues. The enforcement of building codes ensure that minimum requirements for safeguarding public health, safety, and welfare are met through structural strength, means of egress, stability, sanitation, adequate light and ventilation, energy conservation, and safety to life and property.

The department is responsible for performing building plan review on residential and commercial projects. It issues building permits and performs various field inspections from the beginning to the completion of a project. These inspections are required to ensure that projects are constructed per the approved plans and built to minimum standards of the building code.

The department’s staff is also responsible for following up with complaints and violations to ensure property maintenance.

Department Staff 

Brian Sims, CBO, Chief Building Inspector
John Lauber, Senior Building Official
Tim Tholemeier, Senior Building Official
Amy Eveler, Senior Building Official
Steve Dahlheimer, Principal Building Official
Gary Forsyth II, Associate Building Official
Steve Shively, Associate Building Official
Sheila Spradling, Certified Permit Technician
Kimberly Gamm, One Stop Shop Clerk
Danielle Jefferson, Principal Secretary

View the department staff organization chart

General Points of Contact

Schedule building inspections: call 859.957.2408

 Ask permit process / submittal questions: call Sheila Spradling at 859.957.2408

 Ask commercial plan review and inspection questions: call Tim Tholemeier, John Lauber, or Brian Sims at 859.957.2408

 Ask residential plan review and inspections questions: call Steve Dahlheimer at 859.957.2408

 Ask zoning or code enforcement questions: call Andy Videkovich at 859.331.8980

 Ask subdivision regulations questions:  call Scott Hiles at 859.331.8980

 Submit complaints, concerns, suggestions or other time sensitive issues:  call Brian Sims or John Lauber at 859.957.2408

 All other questions: call 859.331.8980

Contact Us

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Department of Building Codes Administration
Planning and Development Services of Kenton County
1840 Simon Kenton Way, Suite 3400, 4th Floor
Covington, Kentucky  41011-2999