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201 East 6th Street
P.O. Box 426
Newton, KS 67114
316-284-6095 (fax)


The City of Newton Building Inspection Office administers the adopted model codes pertaining to all areas of building construction by licensing contractors, reviewing plans, issuing permits and conducting inspections on all construction within the city.

The Building Inspection codes require permits and inspections for all construction with a value over $1,000 (or $500 in material cost for “do-it-yourself” projects). Building inspection also licenses building contractors, mechanical contractors, electrical contractors, and plumbing contractors.

commercial-002Current Codes

City of Newton has adopted:

  • 2012 International Residential Code (IRC)
  • 2012 International Building Code (IBC)
  • 2012 International Mechanical Code (IMC)
  • 2009 International Plumbing Code (IPC)
  • 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC)
  • 2009 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC)
  • 2006 International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC)

Code Books may be checked out from the City Clerk’s Office, 201 E 6th St., or may be ordered from the ICC website.

Frequently Asked Questions about Building



The City of Newton has set up zoning classifications for each property in the city limits. Zoning determines what a property can legally be used for within Newton. Zoning regulates everything from property setbacks to signs. The following is a list of zones within Newton:

District Classification
R-S  = Single Family Suburban District
R-1  = Single Family Dwelling District
R-2  = Two-Family Dwelling District
R-3  = Multi-Family Dwelling District
PUD  = Planned Unit Development District
M-H  = Mobile Home Subdivision District
M-P  = Mobile Home Park District
P-O  = Professional Office District
C-T  = Transitional Business District
C-1  = Neighborhood Business District
C-2  = General Business District
C-3  = Central Business District
I-1  = Light Industrial District
I-2  = General Industrial District

Frequently Asked Questions about Zoning


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