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Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction

Welcome to the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction, a Public Protection Cabinet agency. The agency was established to unite all related functions pertaining to the building industry and to provide a more effective building inspection process. On this website, you will find codes, interpretations, forms, safety tips and information on inspections, continuing education and more. The Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction is dedicated to protecting the lives and property of this great Commonwealth. We hope you find our resources useful.
HBC enforces statewide standards for building construction. The agency ensures fire and life safety in existing buildings; licenses/certifies plumbers, electricians, boiler contractors, sprinkler and/or fire alarm contractors and building inspectors.  The department is comprised of the following divisions:
  • Division of Building Codes Enforcement: responsible for plan review and inspection for buildings, elevator equipment, manufactured housing, Kentucky Industrialized Buildings and all associated licenses, continuing education and contractor requirements for elevator contractors, building officials, Kentucky Industrialized Building System manufacturers and manufactured home installers.
  • Division of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning: responsible for HVAC on line permitting, HVAC field inspections, complaints on  regarding HVAC installation and unlicensed contractors, verification of HVAC licensure, continuing education for HVAC contractors and license renewals.
  • Division of Plumbing: responsible for the review and inspection of plumbing for residential and commercial buildings, boiler inspection and all licensing, testing and continuing education for plumbers and boiler installers.
  • Division of Fire Prevention (Office of the State Fire Marshal): responsible for inspections on existing buildings, hazardous materials review and approval including certification of underground tank installers, registration to sell fireworks and the safe cigarette program.
  • Electrical Division: responsible for inspection of state-owned and state-leased buildings, licensing of electricians and electrical contractors, certification of electrical inspectors, and educational programs in the administration and enforcement of electrical codes and standards.

  • Highest level of accountability.
  • Continuous improvement of client relationships while maintaining the highest level of commitment as a regulatory agency.
  • Enhancement of service delivery through the development and application of leading edge technology.
  • Professional staffing at all levels.
  • Informing citizens and the business community about the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction.



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