Building Inspection

Building Inspection

The building inspection division is charged with the authority to issue all permit related to construction as well as the plan review and issuance of permits that are in conjunction with all types of construction. The City of Ashland also has an expanded jurisdiction agreement with the Commonwealth of Kentucky that allows the City to administer review and approval of virtually all projects covered by the 2013 Kentucky Building Code and the 2013 Kentucky Residential Code.

  • Issuing building, sign, and electrical permits.
  • Inspecting construction projects to ensure conformance with building codes and the zoning ordinance.
  • Inspecting properties to ensure compliance with the property maintenance code.
  • Enforcing property maintenance codes in target neighborhoods.
  • Providing leadership development and empowerment training for residents of target neighborhoods.
Building permits are required for all residential and commercial construction, whether that construction consists of just a fence, pool or deck or any other type of residential or commercial construction.

Building permits are typically required for the following:

Building permit applications are available in our office in Room 208 of the City Building located at 1700 Greenup Avenue or you may print you application for the following projects here:

Commercial Permit/Plan Review Application - all non-residential projects. Information regarding plan review, submittal documents and contact information for local agencies during the planning and construction phase are available in our Commercial Projects Assistance Package.
Residential One and Two family- projects up to and including construction of one/two family residential structures.
Homeowner Building Permit Application - Small projects that often are completed by the homeowner. (tool shed, fence, carport, etc.)
Sign Permit Application - All signs including, but not limited to, freestanding, wall mounted and canopy signs require a sign permit.

Contractors may create an account and check the status of a building permit or request building inspections through our Online Action Center 24 hours a day.

Copies of the 2013 Kentucky Building Code and 2013 Kentucky Residential Codes are available for download from the Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction at 

For more information please contact:

Sean Miller
Building Inspector III
Phone: 606-327-2030
Fax: 606-325-8412