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For information and answers to questions regarding obtaining a building permit, please visit our Guide To Obtaining A Building Permit. From here you will find links to instruction documents, applications / forms, and answers to commonly asked questions.

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County of Kauai - Department of Public Works
Building Division
4444 Rice Street, Suite 175
Lihue, Hawaii 96766-1340

Phone: 241-4854
Fax: 241-6806

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Mission Statement
The Division of Buildings is responsible for facility development, code enforcement, building construction and maintenance, and janitorial services. All programs are responsible for providing the people of Kauai with safely constructed public and private facilities, and well-maintained County facilities.

Division Goals

  • To develop new facilities to replace old, dilapidated, overcrowded buildings and structures.
  • To ensure that the minimum construction standards contained within the Kauai County Codes, and referenced building trade codes, are adhered to.
  • Continually update the Kauai County Code to meet current building industry codes, which reflect the latest industry standards, and changing technologies.
  • Provide effective training and adequate staffing to increase the efficiency of services to the public in the review, issuance, and enforcement of building, electrical, plumbing, and sign permits.
  • To maintain and clean County office buildings and neighborhood centers.
  • Provide repair and construction services for all County facilities, to prolong the life, and maintain the value of a variety of structures.
  • Provide necessary services in the preparation, and management of construction and service contracts.

Program Descriptions

  • Administration - The Building Division's Administrative Section manages facility development and construction. The Section also oversees the operation of the Facility Maintenance Section, and the Building Codes Enforcement Section.
  • Repair & Maintenance and Janitorial Services Section - The Facility Maintenance Section consists of building trades repair and maintenance workers, and janitorial services workers. The personnel are responsible for providing necessary services to repair, maintain, and clean County facilities located between Kekaha and Haena. Additionally, the program has also been called upon to handle various new construction and renovation projects for the County.
  • Building Code Enforcement Section - The Building Code Enforcement Section is responsible for the review of projects to ensure compliance and enforcement, of the all applicable building trade codes and ordinances, related to building construction. as the central coordination agency in the building permitting process, the program is responsible for the circulation and consolidation of comments from County, State, and Federal agencies, prior to permit approval. The program is also responsible for building, electrical, plumbing, and sign code enforcement inspection, as part of the permitting process.