Shawnee County Planning Department

Enforcement Support Development.


Establishment of Shawnee County Building Code

On February 13, 2017, the Shawnee County Board of Commissioners adopted HR Resolution No. 2017-1 establishing a Shawnee County Building Code. The building code is applicable to the unincorporated area of Shawnee County and administered through an Affidavit of Code Compliance that must accompany any improvement requiring a building permit. The affidavit verifies that the person responsible for performing the work will comply with all applicable building codes.

Shawnee County intends to maintain consistency of building practice by applying similar codes as in effect in the City of Topeka to the unincorporated area. Accordingly, Shawnee County adopts by reference Title 14, Building and Construction of the City of Topeka Code as the Shawnee County Building Code. As currently in effect, this includes:

The following chapters from Title 14 of the City of Topeka Code are specifically excluded:

  • General Provisions (Chapter 14.05)
  • Permits (Chapter 14.10)
  • Technical Activities and Industries (Chapter 14.15)
  • Weights and Measures Code (Chapter 14.60)
  • Manufactured Homes and Trailers (Chapter 14.65)
  • Moving of Structures (Chapter 14.70)
  • Numbering of Buildings (Chapter 14.75)


Permitting is a specific functional area of the Planning Department. Permit activities include building permits (i.e. structures, fences, signs, etc.), demolition permits, home use occupation permits, temporary fireworks stand permits, and, haunted house permits.

The building permit process is designed to assure that all construction is compliant with the requirements of the Shawnee County Zoning Regulations, Shawnee County Subdivision Regulations, Shawnee County Floodplain Regulations and other adopted county rules and regulations. Through the building permit process, it is the intent of the County to assure orderly, planned, efficient and economical development of the county; that property can be used safely; that adequate public facilities and improvements exist; and, that improvements comply with all applicable rules and regulations of the County. In addition, it is the goal of the department to assure that all projects are treated with fairness and accuracy, are processed in a timely manner, and, are compliant with applicable adopted county rules and regulations. It is hoped that through this section you will be able to locate and obtain necessary information, instructions and forms related to all the permit processes administered by the Planning Department.

The Zoning Administrator and Permit Specialist work in concert to process, evaluate and issue the various permit types administered by the Planning Department.