A building permit must be obtained from the Development Services Building Safety Division for nearly all types of “commercial” new building construction, additions, remodeling or repair work prior to the start of construction. For additional information, consult the Commercial Building Permit Overview.

Information regarding: (1) City-adopted codes regulating commercial new construction, additions, remodeling and repair; (2) permit applications and related forms/documents; (3) building permit pre-construction conferences; and (4) project guidance/educational information can be found below.

2018 International Code Council Codes – Effective July 1, 2019

2015 International Code Council Codes – Effective for projects with application dates prior to July 1, 2019

Commercial Building Permit Application Forms/Documents

Commercial Permit Fee Estimator

Permit fees are based on the Schedule of Permit Fees adopted in Chapter V, Art. 1, Sec. 5-176 of the Lawrence City Code (PDF), with most fees based on building permit project valuation.  Estimated fees will be different if project valuation changes during the building permit application and/or review process.

Other permit fees:

Permits for Residential Furnaces and Air Conditioners$65.00*
Permits for Solar, Thermal, and Photovoltaic Systems (requiring no structural change to the building)$65.00
Demolition Permits$100
*Per piece of equipment.


Commercial Building Permit Pre-Construction Meetings

Commercial Building Permit Guidance/Educational Information