City of Shawnee

Basement Finish Building Permit Application Guidelines

Basement Finish Guidelines

  1. Submit a completed Residential Permit Application (pdf) including applicant signature.
  2. Submit two (2) sets of floor plans, showing the areas of your basement to be remodeled and those areas which will remain unchanged. Plans must show relevant features, such as doors, windows, walls, stairs, and the use of each room. Any structural changes should be shown in detail. Please show the location of the furnace, hot water heater, and any provisions for providing combustion air to space. Removal of any interior wall greater than 6’ must have Kansas Engineered sealed plans.
  3. A business license is required for any contractor doing work in the City of Shawnee. In addition, any contractor must have a valid Class A, B, or C Johnson County Contractors License call (913) 715-2233.
  4. A Building Permit Fee Schedule (pdf) based on the project valuation is required when the permit is issued. Checks should be made payable to the “City of Shawnee.” The fee is due when the permit is issued.

The 2018 International Residential Codes are the adopted construction codes applicable to basement remodeling in single family residences. Additional information about code requirements is available in our Basement Finish and Remodel Code Guidelines (pdf).

Upgrading Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Finishing your basement triggers a requirement to upgrade the smoke detectors throughout your home, and to provide carbon monoxide detectors outside of all sleeping areas. These special requirements are in the building code because of the importance of smoke/carbon monoxide detectors and the lives that they save every year.

Smoke detectors as required by section R314.2.2 Alterations, Repairs, and Additions, are required to be provided in each sleeping area, outside of each sleeping area, and on each story of the dwelling. Smoke detectors are required to receive their primary power from the house wiring or battery powered. The smoke detectors must be interconnected so that the activation of one detector will activate all of the other smoke detectors.

Carbon Monoxide detectors as required by section R315.2.2 Alterations, Repairs, and Additions, are required to be installed outside of all sleeping areas. Carbon monoxide detectors are required to receive their primary power from the house wiring or battery powered.