Building Codes

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Contact Information

Matt Souders, Building Codes Administrator

Phone: 913.477.7706


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Adopted codes

Complete information on our building codes is in our Unified Development Code and Ordinance 5890(PDF, 46MB). This ordinance adopts provisions from the following nationally published building and construction codes:

  • 2018 International Building Code
  • 2018 International Plumbing Code
  • 2018 International Mechanical Code
  • 2018 International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2018 International Residential Code
  • 2018 International Fire Code
  • 2018 International Existing Building Code
  • 2017 National Electrical Code
  • 2012 International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2018 International Swimming Pool & Spa Code

Building code adoption history(PDF, 584KB)

The building and construction codes can be purchased online at the International Code Council Store, or by calling ICC at 800.786.4452. The codes are also available for review in the office of the Lenexa City Clerk.

Contact the Department of Community Development for any questions by email at or by phone at 913-477-7725.

Americans with Disabilities Act Design Guidelines

Private homes used exclusively as a residences do not have to meet accessibility requirements.

Homes used as daycare centers or offices for meetings with clients are required to be accessible.

Multi-family dwellings are governed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Fair Housing Accessibility Guidelines (FHAG). Our building permit process includes application of FHAG.

All new commercial construction must fully comply with the ADA Title III Design Guidelines in order to provide accommodations and access to people who have disabilities.

In existing commercial structures, areas you are remodeling or altering and the path of travel to those areas, must comply with the ADA requirements and be accessible. They must include:

  • An accessible entrance
  • An accessible route to the altered area
  • At least one accessible restroom for each sex
  • Accessible drinking fountains
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible elements, such as storage, alarms and communication features.

Building Code Board of Appeals

The Building Code Board of Appeals has the authority to approve the use of alternate materials, equipment and types of construction, if they are at least equivalent in quality, strength, effectiveness, fire resistance, durability and safety to those prescribed by the code.