- construct, enlarge, remodel or change the occupancy of a building
- erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert
- replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system the installation of which is regulated by code
- cause the replacing of any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing systems
Construction or work for which a permit is required shall be subject to inspection by the building official and such construction or work shall remain accessible and exposed for inspection purposes until approved. (Kentucky Building Code Section 109.1). The most common inspections for building permits are Foundation, Framing/Rough-in, and Final. All appropriate inspections are required to be completed prior to issuance of Certificate of Occupancy or Letter of Acceptance.
New construction often involves some level of zoning review for compliance with the Louisville/Jefferson County Land Development Code which regulates zoning, use, building setbacks, signage, landscaping, and other items. Several small cities administer zoning authority by legislative bodies within those cities. Proposals in those cities requiring discretionary review will initially be reviewed by Louisville Metro Planning Commission and recommendation is made to the legislative body of the small city. The small city's legislative body then takes final action on the proposal. In most cases the small cities have adopted a different version of the Land Development Code and may even have their own revisions.
In an effort to increase communication with small cities within Louisville Metro that do not have expanded jurisdiction for construction, the Office of Construction Review coordinates its reviews with small cities when needed. By agreement with Metro, some small cities issue sign permits locally. In such cases separate approval from Louisville Metro is not required.