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Where do I submit plans for a new building or an addition?

At the Development Services Division located on the 3rd floor of Cyrus K. Holliday, located at 620 SE Madison Street. Hours 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (785) 368-3704.

 

How do I resolve a property line dispute?

To properly resolve a property line dispute, one should contact a private land surveyor.

 

Where do I get a legal description?

On your deed or through the Shawnee County Register of Deeds Office.

 

Where do I get an electrical permit?

At the Development Services Division located at 620 SE Madison Street. (785) 368-3704.

 

Can I rezone my property?

All proposed zoning changes should be consistent with the Land Use and Growth Management Plan 2040. Learn more.

 

Where do I obtain an address for a new site?

Contact the Planning Department at (785) 368-3728.

 

Can I split my property?

Property possibly can be split depending on the proposed parcel sizes. For additional information contact the Planning Department at (785) 368-3728.

 

Can I start a home business?

Some uses or activities are allowed with a home occupation permit. 1) The use shall be carried on by a resident of the dwelling; 2) No more than 1 employee not a resident of the dwelling is permitted; 3) Sales of commodities, goods or products is prohibited; 4) All work shall be confined to the principal dwelling exclusive of an attached garage; 5) Shall not occupy more than 25% of total floor area (including basement) exclusive of garage; 6) Shall not be open to the public except during the hours of 8:00 a.m. & 8:00 p.m. Contact the Planning Department at (785) 368-3728.


Can I operate a daycare from my residence?

Can be conducted in resident’s dwelling for less than 24 hours a day to a maximum of 12 persons (including your own children) in the districts R-1 Single Family through M-1 Two Family. Starting with the M-2 Multiple Family District, a day care for less than 24 hours a day can be operated as a secondary and/or ancillary use to a principal use such as but not limited to a place of worship, community center, library, private business. For addition information, please call (785) 368-3728.

 

How tall can my fence be?

Fence heights vary. For additional information contact the Planning Department at (785) 368-3728.

 

Do I need a permit for a banner or a sign?

A permit is not required for a banner. There are regulations regarding banner signs. All other signs need a permit. For additional information contact the Planning Department at (785) 368-3728.

 

Do I need a permit for a shed?

You are not required to obtain a building permit for a storage shed if the shed is less than 150 square feet. The rear yard setback must be 5 feet and the side yard 3 feet. Shed must remain out of all easements. For all other sheds, contact the Development Services Division at (785) 368-3704.

 

Where can I obtain maps of the City?

Contact TSG at (785) 368-1905.

 

Do I need a permit to build a patio or deck?

A poured concrete or brick paver patio does not require a building permit. A deck does require a permit and the fee is $33.00. Contact Development Services Division at (785) 368-3704.

 

What’s my property zoned?

Contact the Planning Department at (785) 368-3728.

 

Contact

Bill Fiander, AICP

Planning Director
Email

Kris Wagers

Administrative Officer
785-368-3728
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620 SE Madison
Topeka, KS 66607

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