Frequently Asked Questions
This depends on the time of year. During the warmer months we receive more permit applications per week than we do in the colder months. Permits are processed by the date they are received. 

Warmer Months (April through October)
  1. Electrical permits: Walk-in
  2. Zoning only permits: (i.e. fence, small shed, driveway etc....) Walk-in
  3. Residential permits: (new house, deck, detached garage, room addition etc...) approximately three to five business days.
  4. Commercial permits: (all other permits - excluding electrical, zoning only or residential) approximately three to five business days.
Colder Months (November through March)
  1. Electrical permits: Walk-in
  2. Zoning only permits: (i.e. fence, small shed, driveway etc....) Walk-in
  3. Residential permits: (new house, deck, detached garage, room addition etc...) approximately two to four business days. 
  4. Commercial permits: (all other permits - excluding electrical, zoning only or not residential) approximately two to four business days.

There are many possible reasons why a permit might take longer than the approximate time noted above.

- Not enough information was submitted for the zoning review to be approved (i.e. site plan did not have enough information, no information submitted on type or height of fence to be installed). 
- Not enough information was submitted for the building review to be approved (i.e. construction documents did not include all structural information needed, construction documents did not address / include life safety / fire safety code issues). 
- Staff members are out of office due to professional or personal reasons 
- Permits are processed in the order in which they are received and there may be an unusually high volume of permits.

- The construction documents need to be of sufficient clarity. Below are some of the drawings and/or information that need to be submitted.
- Front, side, and rear elevations drawings. 
- Floor plan showing all interior and exterior walls.
- Floor plan showing the use of each room or space (i.e. - bedroom, kitchen, bathroom etc...).
- All structural information - load bearing walls, floor joist, ceiling joist or trusses, steel beams, wood beams, steel columns, wood columns, headers and/or beams for all framed opening in load bearing walls.
- All structural information regarding the footer and foundation - width and thickness of footers. Height and thickness of foundation walls. Size and spacing of all rebar in the footer and foundation.

Note: The information listed above is only a partial list of information that may or may not be required. A larger project (such as a new custom home) will require more information than an alteration or small room addition. The drawings need to be complete and the plans should be of sufficient clarity so you can generate a material list and construct the building with few or no questions (i.e what size I-beam do I need to install or what size window is being installed in the bedroom). The better the plans, the smoother the project will go for all that need to use them (owner, contractor, supplier, inspector etc...).

All plans/drawings must be drawn to scale unless all dimensions are indicated.
No, but all dimensions and notes must be legible.
NKY Health Department at 8001 Veterans Memorial Dr, Florence, KY 41042; 8859.341.4264
- Anytime you want to build a new structure on a county or state road, an encroachment permit is required to be obtained prior to the building permit being reviewed. 
- State Highway Department (state roads) is located at 421 Buttermilk Pk, Ft Mitchell, KY 41017; phone number is (859) 341-2700. 
- The Kenton County road department is located at 420 Independence Station Rd, Independence, KY 41051; phone number is 859.392.1920.
Prior to PDS issuing a building/zoning permit, we will need proof of an encroachment permit or a letter from the state or county road department stating a permit is not required.
All required inspections are specified in the permit letter.
It is the applicant's responsibility to call our office 24 to 48 hours in advance to schedule the inspection.
As long as work begins within 6 months of the date the permit was issued and work on the project does not stop for more than 6 months, the permit will not expire.
Our address is 1840 Simon Kenton Way, Suite 3400, 4th floor, Covington, Kentucky 41011-2999. From I-71/75, take the 12th Street exit.
NKY Health Department at 8001 Veterans Memorial Dr, Florence, KY 41042; 859.341.4264
NKY Health Department at 8001 Veterans Memorial Dr, Florence, KY 41042; 859.341.4264

- One-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 200 square feet. 
- Fences not over 6 feet (1829 mm) high.

- Sidewalks and driveways not more than 30 inches (762 mm) above grade and not over any basement or story below and which are not part of an accessible route.
- Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work.
- Swings and other playground equipment accessory to one-and two-family dwellings.
- Window awnings supported by an exterior wall.- Replacing windows.
- New siding or residing.
- Ordinary re-roofing (no sheathing and/or structural members are being repaired or replaced).
- Ordinary repair such as repairing/replacing drywall or a door. Repairs made to any structural element of your home is not considered ordinary repair. Replacing any structural element in your home is not considered ordinary repair. Please call our office if you are not sure if a permit is required.

Note: Above items in bold will require a zoning permit.

For the City of Covington apply at 20 West Pike St, Covington, KY; 859.292.2184
Kenton County and all other cities apply at 1840 Simon Kenton Way, Suite 5100, Covington, KY 41011; 859.392.1440

No, unless your insurance policy specifically states Kentucky Worker's Compensation coverage as a secondary coverage.
2018 Kentucky Residential Code which is derived from the 2015 International Residential Code.
2018 Kentucky Building Code which is derived from the 2015 International Commercial Code.
Kentucky building codes can be found on the Division of Building Codes Enforcement website.
Prior to occupying a new structure, addition or renovation, a final inspection must be performed. A final inspection is always required on all projects where a building permit has been issued (i.e. decks, pools, retaining walls, interior/exterior alterations, etc...)