Building Division Operations:

  • Building Division office is open MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. Front counter hours of operation are 7:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. daily.
  • Customers should have their permit application(s) completed before approaching the front counter. A table with applications is stationed at the lobby entrance for your convenience.
  • General inquiries regarding construction, electronic plan review, inspections, violations, property or Realtor inquiries will be accepted by telephone at (808) 241-4854.


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Contact Information

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

Phone: 241-4854
Fax: 241-6806

Need A Building Permit?

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 and forms.

Building Permit Status Online!

Electronic Plan Review now available!


Permit Application Type Oct 2022



Active Application Workload Oct 2022

Kauai Online Hazard Assessment Tool

Geographic Information System (GIS)
- State of Hawaii Flood Hazard Assessment Tool is now online. Click here to access the FHAT tool

Public Works - Building Division Information

Mission Statement
The Division of Buildings is responsible for facility development and code development and enforcement.  All programs are responsible for providing the people of Kauai with safely constructed public and private 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.
  • Provide necessary services in the preparation, and management of construction contracts.

Program Descriptions

  • Administration - The Building Division's Administrative Section manages facility development and construction. The Section also oversees the operation of the Building Codes Enforcement Section.  
  • 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.