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Repairing a Dangerous Building

When a building in Independence is tagged dangerous, a DANGEROUS BUILDING NOTICE is recorded with the Jackson County Recorder. The purpose of this recording is to serve notice to the owner and/or prospective buyers of the structure that it is not suitable for occupancy and if conditions are not repaired may be demolished.

A building which has been tagged dangerous is to be repaired to current building, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical code requirements. In some cases, this may mean that a structure has to upgrade the entire electrical, plumbing, and mechanical components of the structure.

A building permit, electrical permit, plumbing permit, and mechanical permit is generally required before repairs can begin on dangerous buildings. Plans from an architect or structural engineer are generally required at the time application is made for repair permits.

Trades work (i.e. electrical, plumbing, mechanical) must be done by licensed trades people. These tradespeople must schedule rough-in inspections and final inspections and the work must be approved by a City of Independence inspector before a certificate of occupancy can be issued for the structure.

Structures which are in HISTORIC DISTRICTS or which otherwise have been determined to have historic significance may have some restrictions concerning repairs. Before commencing repairs, the owner should check with the HISTORIC PRESERVATION MANAGER, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT FOR THE CITY OF INDEPENDENCE.

After a structure has been repaired, a RELEASE of DANGEROUS BUILDING NOTICE is issued to the property owner. It is the property owner’s responsibility to record this release with the Jackson County Recorder. Failure to record this release will complicate the ability to sell or refinance a loan for the property.

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