Building Inspection

The Building Inspection Division enforces the adopted building codes regarding the construction of buildings and structures within the City of Richmond. The City of Richmond is part of the International Code Council: ICC which promotes dedication to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build, and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable, and resilient structures for citizens. For more information on the current building codes, please visit

Permitting Process and Online Submittals

The City of Richmond is pleased to offer a Citizen Portal for our citizens, businesses, and visitors to access government services online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To help you understand what is required for commercial submittals, please see our Commercial Plan Review Packet.

The City of Richmond utilizes this program for the permitting process, including plan review and all residential and commercial permits. This streamlines the process in an open and accessible manner.

Forms Online

Many of our forms can now be entered and tracked online!

Join our new online portal by clicking the button below:

Online Submittal Portal

Please utilize the above online portal for all applications. However, if you require a paper application or form, please use the links below. You will also find informational brochures for your use.

Mission Statement

The Building Construction Inspection Department’s mission is to enforce the adopted codes regarding the construction and maintenance of buildings and structures in order to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the City of Richmond. To this end, the Codes Enforcement Department will strive for excellence in educating its employees to provide quality inspections and customer service.

Statement Of Philosophy

The purpose of the Building Construction Inspection Department is to preserve the viability and stability of the business and residential districts and to prevent deterioration and blighting influences within the community.

This directive greatly benefits both the business owners and the residents of the City of Richmond by ensuring that structures meet the minimum acceptable standards, and that businesses can operate in a profitable manner. By requiring clean, safe and structurally sound buildings and by promoting code compliant businesses, the Richmond business district will prove an attractive destination for visitors and residents alike.

It is to the benefit of all to accommodate the requests of the Richmond KY Building Construction & Code Enforcement Department and to support their efforts to ensure and protect your property investment.