Rental property owners still have time to register/update property information

The City of Kansas City, Missouri, is reminding rental property owners to register, update, and verify information on their properties. Rental property must be registered annually as part of the Rental Registration and Inspection Program established 10 years ago.

“This registry is an important tool for the City to help neighborhoods fight blight and negative factors affecting their community,” said Mayor Pro Tem and 1st District At-Large Councilman Scott Wagner. “Knowing who the responsible parties are allows us to work toward solutions more quickly before problems get worse.”

Rental property owners are required to register with the Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department each year and registration can be completed online. Owners need to create a login before their rental property can be registered. Failure to register rental property results in monthly fines and administrative fees.

Vacant rental property also needs to be registered and can be registered online through the city’s website.

For more information, media can contact Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department Communications/Community Liaison John Baccala at (816) 513-3202. Rental property owners needing assistance can contact Carla Finch at (816) 513-9039.

Alarm Permits

Kansas City’s alarm ordinance was implemented to reduce the number of police dispatches to false alarms. The ordinance encourages alarm users and alarm businesses to properly utilize alarm systems and to maintain their operational reliability. The ordinance requires that all alarm users obtain an alarm permit from the Police Department. Police response on an alarm activation will be denied until the alarm user has obtained the alarm permit.

To obtain an alarm permit the alarm user will need to submit an alarm permit application along with the $45 permit fee. It can be mailed along with a check or money order made payable to the Board of Police Commissioners to : Kansas City Police Department Alarm Administrator 1125 Locust Kansas City, MO 64106. Credit cards also are now accepted and can be taken over the phone, in person, or the card number can be mailed in with the permit.

Download Alarm Permit Application

The renewal fee is based on the number of false alarms occurring at the site during the alarm year.  For residential permits the renewal is automatic and free if there are two or few false alarms during the permit year.  Three or more false alarm dispatches during the year makes the renewal fee $49 per false alarm up to a maximum of $147.

Alarm user awareness classes are available throughout the year through the Police department.  Contact the Private Alarm Section at 816-889-1493 for details and reservations.

Rules for putting up a fence in Hyde Park

What are the rules for putting a fence up?

Front yard fences are restricted to 48 inches. In March 2000 the City of Kansas City, Missouri passed a Fences and Walls ordinance number 000138. The ordinance specifies fence and wall heights of residential properties. The ordinance does not apply to any fence or wall constructed prior to March 20, 2000. Any person who violates any of the provisions of this ordinance upon conviction shall be punished by a fine of not more than $500.00, imprisonment for not more than six months, or both such fine and imprisonment. Each day a fence or wall is maintained in violation of this ordinance or any provision thereof shall constitute a separate offense. The ordinance includes no specifications for fencing or wall materials.

  1. Fences and walls: Generally, no fence or wall over six feet high shall be erected on a residential lot, provided that this height restriction is further limited in subsections (b), (c), (d) and (e) of this section.
    Front yard fences and walls. No fence or wall in the front year of a residential lot may be over 48 inches high. For the purposes of this subsection, front yard is defined as the open space on the same lot with a building used as a residence, between the front wall of the building and the line of that wall extended, the side property lines of the lot, and the front property line of the lot nearest the street on which the building fronts.
  2. Front yard fences and walls on vacant lots. No fence or wall in the front yard of a vacant residential lot may be over 48 inches high. For the purposes of this subsection, the front year is defined as the open space between the platted or established front building line, the side property lines of the lot, and the front property lone of the lot nearest the street. The depth of a front yard of any vacant residential lot shall not be less than the least depth of the front yard of any existing improved residential property on the same side of the street within the same block.
  3. Fences and walls on corner lots. No fence or wall in the front or side yard of a residential property may be over 48 inches high. For the purposes of this subsection, side yard is defined as the open space on the same lot with a building used as a residence, situated between the side wall of the building or structure and side property line of the lot nearest the street and extending through from the front yard to the rear yard. For purposes of this subsection, the rear yard is defined as the open space on the same lot with a building used as a residence between the rear line of the building and that line extended, the side property lines of the lot and the rear property line of the lot.
  4. Fences and walls on vacant corner lots. No fence or wall in the front or side yard of a residential corner lot may be over 48 inches high. For the purposes of this subsection, side yard is defined as the open space situated between the platted or established side yard setback line and the side property line of the lot nearest the street and extending through from the front yard to the platted or established rear yard setback line.
  5. Applicability. The requirements of this section do not apply to walls of buildings, portions of retaining walls below grade on one or both sides, or to any fence or wall constructed prior to March 20, 2000.