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You can relinquish your pet to the shelter Monday through Friday, 12 - 6 p.m., or Saturday through Sunday, 12 - 5 p.m. There is a $30 surrender fee per animal. If you live outside Hutchinson, but still in Reno County, please call ahead; we may not have space to accept your animal. We cannot accept animals from outside of Reno County. If you have any records (i.e. veterinarian records) those would be helpful for us also.
You can also advertise by flyers in your neighborhood and run a lost pet ad on KWBW radio (it's free by calling 620-662-4486). Check back with the Animal Shelter periodically to see if your pet is there.
The purpose of the Brush Up Hutch! Paint Program is to assist eligible homeowners in the City of Hutchinson with the cost of repainting the exterior of their homes and to alleviate deteriorating housing conditions within the City. This program was established in conjunction with the adoption of the International Property Maintenance Code (effective on July 1, 2011). Because the code requires home exteriors to be painted, homes in the greatest need of paint will be given highest priority to receive funding. To obtain an application, please visit the following page: http://www.hutchgov.com/979/Brush-Up-Hutch
Homeowners interested in the Brush Up Hutch! Paint Program must apply through the City of Hutchinson Planning & Development Department. Applications are available at City Hall, 125 East Avenue B, Hutchinson, Kansas or online at http://www.hutchgov.com/979/Brush-Up-Hutch Applications are highly encouraged to be submitted between March 1 and October 31.
The program is operated on a first come, first served basis with priority given to homes in most need of exterior paint. Assistance is provided based on the following eligibility requirements:
The following income guidelines illustrate the maximum yearly income based on number of people in the household and 120% of the 2016 median family income in Reno County:
Total income is calculated from all regular payments (i.e., weekly, bi-weekly, semi-monthly, or monthly) resources and is based on gross pay – before taxes and expenses are deducted – over three pay periods. Income guidelines must be met if applicant’s home is valued over $50,000.
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Local amendments to the above-listed codes are found in Chapter 21 of the Hutchinson City Code. Click here to read the adopted local amendments.
Community gardens are any piece of land that is gardened by a group of people. There are many different types of community gardens: Allotment, Cooperative, Youth, Therapeutic, and Entrepreneurial. Community gardens may be eligible to receive community garden incentives from the City. Please contact the Planning and Development department for more information: http://www.hutchgov.com/191/Planning-Development
The city does not regulate who may create a community garden. However, to receive an incentive from the City, the applicants must be any group of at least three unrelated persons not residing in the same household.
For more information, please read the following brochure: http://www.hutchgov.com/DocumentCenter/Home/View/4783
A fence permit is required to be obtained by the property owner or contractor prior to the installation of fence. The cost is $28.75. Basic information needed on the application includes the proposed fence materials and the fence height. A site plan illustrating the location of the fence is required. An application can be obtained online at www.citizenserve.com/hutchinson
If more than 50% of the fence will be replaced, a permit is required. A permit is also required if:
You can install a three-foot (3’) fence anywhere on your property. You can install a four foot (4’) open fence, such as chain link, picket, or split rail, anywhere on your property. You can install a six foot (6’) solid fence in the side and rear yards, but not in a front yard. If your house is on a corner lot, you will need to confer with the Planning and Development Department staff about fencing requirements for your property. Corner lots have special requirements, including limitations on fencing in the sight triangle near an intersection.
Permitted materials include:
Prohibited materials include:
Boundary disputes between neighbors are considered a civil matter, so you may need to enlist the services of a licensed land surveyor and/or an attorney. The City does not provide surveying services or legal counsel to residents. To determine if the fence is located on your property, you will need to contact a licensed land surveyor to survey the property lines, which will then determine the legal location of the fence.
Requirements for extinguishers used in business environments vary by size and type. Call 620-694-2874 for details before purchasing.
Often a neighbor's tree or other plantings may drop leaves or debris in your yard, or may cause damage to a fence or other structure. These conditions are private matters between the two property owners, and the City has no jurisdiction.
A computer selects the closest unit to respond to an incident. The Fire Department's philosophy is to get our firefighters there as soon as possible. This will be either an engine company, a squad unit or a ladder truck company. In preparation for the worse case scenario, an ambulance often is dispatched as well. The first unit on the scene will be a basic life support unit (a unit with emergency medical technicians).
There may be 3 Fire Department vehicles on the scene for what appears to be a "simple" incident. However, in emergency services we have learned that if we assume something is "simple," we can be horribly mistaken. Plus, we respond as fast as we can, prepared to encounter the worst. The winner in these situations will always be the citizen who needs help.
Sherman Gunn, Beekeeper, has made the Fire Department aware that he does reside and operate in the Hutchinson area. Interested parties can contact him directly at 620-543-3009.
Because of these serious considerations, theManual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices,which has been adopted as the Federal Standard,discourages use of “CHILDREN AT PLAY”signs. The City of Hutchinson and the State ofKansas have also adopted the Manual of UniformTraffic Control Devices. The signs are notenforceable and impose no legal requirements onmotorists.
You can get a general idea of your property lines from the subdivision plat, if your property is platted. The best way to find your property lines is to have your property surveyed. The City of Hutchinson does not survey properties nor does the City maintain surveys of properties. Only a licensed land surveyor can tell you exactly where your property lines are located.
Locations of water mains and sewer mains can be viewed on the General Utility Map at http://www.hutchgov.com/433/GIS-Maps. However, the City of Hutchinson does not have records of private water line or private sewer line locations. A professional plumber may be able to locate your private lines from the water main or sewer main to your house.
Taxes are based upon the appraised value of your property and the prevailing tax rate. Contact the Reno County Appraiser at 620-694-2915 for more information.
The Official Zoning District Map of the City of Hutchinson can be found here: http://www.hutchgov.com/DocumentCenter/Home/View/2109
Questions regarding zoning can be referred to the Planning and Development Department at 620-694-2639.
A setback is a minimum distance that buildings and fences must be placed from property lines. Setbacks are designed to provide for health and safety, adequate room for parking, and a uniform neighborhood appearance. Contact the Planning and Development Department at 620-694-2639 to obtain setback information for your property. Zoning regulations, platted setback restrictions, utility easements and drainage easements can impact the setbacks for a property.
No buildings, including sheds, can be placed in a utility easement or drainage easement. Fences may be permitted in most utility easements but are generally not permitted in drainage easements. Contact the Planning and Development Department at 620-694-2639 for specific details. Planting in easements is permitted as long as the landscaping is low-investment, such as grasses and small shrubs.
A building permit is required for all detached structures larger than 120 square feet and all attached structures and additions to existing structures regardless of size. A building permit is not required for detached structures 120 square feet or smaller. Structures that require a permit must meet the adopted building codes of the city. All structures and additions must meet setback requirements (see FAQ #5) and must be at least 5 feet from all other structures.
The building permit fee for most projects is based upon the cost of construction, including materials and labor. See the building permit fee schedule here: http://www.hutchgov.com/DocumentCenter/Home/View/3611
The sidewalls of accessory structures cannot be taller than 12 feet in height. The combined lot coverage of all accessory structures cannot exceed more than 35% of the rear yard. Each zoning district has a maximum lot coverage for accessory structures, typically 10% of the lot. Please confer with Planning Staff to obtain the requirements for your specific property.
The sidewall height of a residential accessory structure must be no taller than twelve feet (12’). The total height of the structure cannot exceed the building height limit of the zoning district in which the structure is located. In most districts, the building height limit is 35 feet.
Accessory buildings on residential properties are required to have siding and roofing materials that are similar in color and material to the siding and roofing materials used on the house. For more specific details please call the Planning and Development Department at 620-694-2639.
You need to obtain a building permit prior to constructing a garage, shed, or carport on your property. A building permit can be obtained from the Inspection Department at City Hall. Wooden, stick-built garages and carports must meet minimum building code standards for footings, walls, and rafters. Metal-framed structures are required to be designed by a licensed Kansas engineer. All companies that build or install garages and carports are required to be registered contractors with the City of Hutchinson. All garages and carports are required to have a concrete floor. Garages and carports are also required to have a paved driveway made of either concrete, asphalt, or asphalt millings with a slurry seal. For more information, see the following brochure: http://www.hutchgov.com/DocumentCenter/Home/View/1060
A building permit is required for a storage shop building larger than 120 square feet. Storage shop buildings must be placed on a permanent foundation or be anchored to the ground with an approved anchoring system. Storage shop buildings are required to meet setback requirements and must be a minimum of five feet (5’) away from all other structures. If the building has a door wider than eight feet (8’), a paved driveway will be required. See FAQ #12.
Restrictive covenants are private agreements often recorded with the subdivision plat or deed of a property. They usually place restrictions on the use of lots and on architectural design of homes and buildings in the subdivision. Restrictive covenants are usually binding on current and future owners of a property. Restrictive covenants are enforced by property owners who are bound by the covenants or by an appropriate owner’s association. To obtain a copy of any covenants that impact your property, go to the Office of Reno County Register of Deeds at 125 West 1st Avenue in Hutchinson.
The Building Official assigns addresses. The Building Official's office is located in the Building Inspection Department at City Hall, 125 E. Avenue B, in Hutchinson. The telephone number is 620-694-2631.
A single RV can be parked on the front driveway by a visiting guest or the property owner for a maximum period of five (5) days in any calendar month, but there are restrictions. See the brochure on parking RVs here: http://www.hutchgov.com/DocumentCenter/Home/View/5241
Semi-trucks and trailers can be parked in Industrial Zoning districts indefinitely. They can be parked in Residential and Commercial Zoning districts for less than 24 hours at a time only for loading and unloading goods.
Vehicles for sale can only be displayed on property that is owned or leased by the vehicle owner. Vehicles cannot accumulate or be displayed on property unless the City Planning Department has issued a Zoning Certification authorizing such use. Vehicle sales lots are not permitted in Residential Zoning districts.
A permit is not required for a garage sale. However, there is a limit of two (2) garage sale events per year per property with a maximum duration of each sale lasting no more than seven (7) days. Garage sales are not allowed in commercial or industrial zoning districts.
Yes. Events such as tent sales, tent shelters, firework stands, garden centers or food centers require a Temporary Use Permit. The application must include a site plan showing the layout of the sales area, proof of liability insurance, a Kansas Department of Revenue Sales Tax Certificate, and written authorization from the property owner. The location and number of events per year are limited. Please call the Planning and Development Department for more details at 620-694-2639.
Chickens are allowed in the City, but roosters are not allowed. Properties up to 7,000 square feet can have three chickens. For each additional 2,000 square feet of lot area, one additional chicken may be kept, up to a maximum of 10 chickens. Animals such as cattle, horses, sheep, deer, goats, pigs, hogs, turkeys, ducks, game birds, and geese, are not permitted in the City.
Yes. You must obtain a Residential Daycare Home Permit from the Planning and Development Department. The daycare provider is required to be licensed by the State of Kansas and must reside on the premises. Before approval or renewal of a Residential Day Care Home Permit, the home must be inspected for compliance with building and fire codes.