Plan Review

Instructions for Plan Review and Permit Agreements



During flood conditions, the area near a levee will become influenced by groundwater.  When the water level in the river is above the natural ground elevation on the dry side of the levee, groundwater will begin to move and will have a tendency to come to the surface near the levee.  This underseepage can cause the groundwater to flow uncontrollably, and can exert significant forces on buried utilities, foundations, and slabs.  These forces are not a typical consideration in building and site design.  If not considered by the engineer or architect, these forces can cause damage to facilities and/or promote catastrophic levee failure.

To help insure that the North Kansas City Levee Unit retains its integrity, the North Kansas City Levee District (District) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) require that any proposed construction within the “critical area” of the levee be reviewed for compliance with guidance prescribed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

In order for any property owner, developer, contractor, excavator, utility, or other party—including any federal, state, or local government or agency, or any agent working thereunder—to develop or make improvements to lands located within the critical area of the North Kansas City Levee District, said party (hereinafter “Applicant”) must comply with the following procedures in order to obtain acceptance to perform the work.

Definition of Critical Zone

On the landside of the levee, the critical zone includes all areas within 500 feet of the levee centerline, or within the limits of the landside stability berm; whichever is greater. 

On the riverside of the levee, the critical zone includes all areas within 300 feet of the levee centerline.

Review Fees

The District has charges a review fee for technical reviews.  Fees are to be calculated as follows:

For projects with up to and including five (5) drawings to be reviewed, a minimum amount of One Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($1,500). 

For projects with more than five drawings, an additional amount of One Hundred Dollars ($100) per drawing in excess of five (5) drawings.

Drawing counts will be based on those drawings necessary for review of compliance with USACE criteria. 


For specific information regarding submittal requirements, please contact:

     Leon J. Staab. P.E.
     Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company
     9400 Ward Parkway
     Kansas City, MO 64114
     Phone: (816)822-3214