Building Codes & Permits

City Building Codes and Permits

Code Enforcement performs building permit reviews under the Kentucky Residential Code and the Kentucky Building Code (which is the International Residential Code and International Building Code with Kentucky amendments). Building-mounted and freestanding sign permits are reviewed under Article 10 of the City of Henderson Zoning Ordinance.

This office oversees building construction and monitors for building code compliance. All construction (new and remodel) must have a permit issued by the Code Enforcement office and / or the State of Kentucky.

The Following Require a Permit:

  • New construction
  • Demolition
  • Remodeling
  • Additions
  • Accessory structures
  • Building mounted and freestanding signs

Accessory structures consist of any structure on the property other than the primary structure. Examples include, but are not limited to, detached garages, yard barns, unattached carports, decks, above-ground and in-ground swimming pools, and some fences and walls.

Before beginning any construction project, contact a code inspector to inquire about requirements and regulations.

Contractor Requirements

All contractors performing work in the City of Henderson must have a current occupational license and carry workers’ compensation insurance or certify they are exempt. In addition, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC contractors performing work in the city are required to be licensed in the state of Kentucky.

Contractor Registration Application

Contractor Registration Guidelines and Definitions


Attached is a list of contractors registered to do business in the City of Henderson. Inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement by the City of Henderson, nor does the City make any claim as to the qualifications of any entity on this list. 


Permit Applications 

Please note the submission requirements for each permit application.  

Use the following link for information on the Building Code Amendment requiring carbon monoxide detectors in residential construction. Building Code Admendment effective 03-06-2011