City of Kearney, MO

Since 2009, the city has issued building permits at a discounted rate. The Board of Aldermen passed ordinance 1390-2019, to phase out the permit fee discount over the next few years, per the following schedule:

  • $2,000 permit fee through May 31, 2019;
  • $3,000 permit fee beginning June 1, 2019;
  • $4,000 permit fee beginning June 1, 2020;
  • Permit fees to be fully restored beginning June 1, 2021

The following details also apply:

  • The $75 water meter deposit still applies;
  • The water district fee and/or transportation fee in certain subdivisions still applies;
  • Permits cannot be assigned to another builder.

Building Permit Forms are available on-line

Contractors should take this opportunity to update their occupation license.

Occupation license forms are on-line and may be be submitted to Shirley Zimmerman

If you have questions about the Building Permit Program, please contact David Pavlich by phone at 903-4731 or by email at, or Colton Michael, Building Inspector, by phone at 903-4736 or by email at