Planning & Zoning
For all businesses physically located in Kansas City, KS, whether at commercial or residential property, the first step is always planning and zoning approval. Submitted through our office, planning and zoning will determine that the business activity is appropriate and within the permitted uses for that district zoning. For those who operate a business from home, there are restrictions on the type of activities that would be allowed and standards by which a business would need to operate. These restrictions are intended to help preserve and maintain property values. (I should not be allowed carte blanche to engage in an activity at my home that would negatively affect my neighbor’s property value)
Building Inspection will conduct on-site inspection for all businesses physically located at commercial locations. This is a basic life-safety inspection to determine the location is safe for owners, employees, customers, vendors, etc. to enter and occupy. Building inspection can usually be scheduled next business day after planning and zoning has approved the business activity. All utilities do need to be connected and on for this inspection to take place.
While annual fire inspections do occur across all businesses, some activities require fire inspection & approval prior to the business opening. These are fire safety inspections usually relating to egress or fire suppression. (examples are restaurants with open grills or deep fryers, daycares, salvage yards, welding operations) This inspection is scheduled direct with the fire inspector’s office. All fireworks activity is subject to fire inspection approval.
Some business activities (mostly related to lodging, food and consumables) require health inspection & approval prior to the business opening. Some inspections are conducted through the local health department, while others are conducted through the State of Kansas Department of Agriculture. Those inspections would be scheduled direct with the inspecting authority.
Regulatory licenses that require background check and approval are submitted through our office (examples are establishments serving alcohol, massage establishments, security companies). We forward the application to the police department for background checks and police chief approval. After approval the license would be issued.