Where to find the following information
City of Owensboro
City and/or County business license
Business location must first be approved by Planning and Zoning before license can be obtained.
Fees are based on type of occupations.
Information on state licenses and permits can be found at the bottom of this page.
Business License (City and County Form), Info: (270) 687-8530
Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) License (File through Commonwealth of Kentucky)
New or Existing Building
Planning & Zoning – (270) 687-8650
Building & Electrical Permit – (270) 687-8661
Electrical Inspection – (270) 687-8537
Fire Inspection – (270) 687-8404
Building Inspection – (270) 687-8665
Local Utility Information
Owensboro Municipal Utilities
OMU is a residential and commercial electric and water utility and also offers as well as fiber optic internet service. OMU also handles the sign-ups for sewer and sanitation in Owensboro.
Must be located in the OMU service area. The following will be required for service: Valid picture I.D., proof of property ownership, letter of credit from previous utility
Per meter connection fee with deposit required for leased building or residence.
Regional Water Resource Agency (RWRA)
Comprehensive wastewater collection, treatment and transmission services.
Sewer connection permits are issued at 2101 Grimes Avenue (Joseph Murphy Building). Industrial discharge permits issued at 1722 Pleasant Valley Road
Sewer connection costs vary, depending upon location, use and type of discharge. Information must be obtained at 2101 Grimes Avenue for specific connection costs. There are no costs involved in obtaining an industrial wastewater discharge permit.
Local residence and business connections, e-commerce services, Web design and hosting, dedicated and dial-up Internet access, digital and data services, wireless communications and local long distance.
Services can be obtained over the telephone or by Internet. Basic credit information — source of income, social security number, etc. — is required to determine if a deposit is necessary.
Installation fees and monthly recurring charges are based upon the service ordered. Billing arrangements can be made for the one-time charges.
Social security number
Owensboro Metropolitan Planning Commission
200 E. Third Street P.O. Box 732 Owensboro, KY 42302-0732 Phone: (270) 687-8650 planning, zoning, subdivision, addresses, street access (270) 687-8665 building plan review and building/ electrical permits (270) 687-8656 housing improvement programs Hours: 8 AM to 4:30 PM
County wide Planning: Zoning status & changes; zoning development plan approval; land subdivision plat approval; conditional use permits; variances; major street access approval; street address assignments; FEMA flood insurance rate maps available for public inspection. County wide building/electrical (excluding city of Whitesville): Plan review; building and electrical permits and inspections; zoning administration. City of Owensboro Community Development: CDBG administration; housing improvement programs; property maintenance inspections.
Submission of appropriate application form and fee for items involving review and approval; requests for basic information may be answered immediately. Refer to OMPC Form 311 for a flowchart that summarizes the building approval process. This form advises you, prior to submission of building plans, to check whether the current zoning is appropriate for the intended use or a zoning change is needed, whether a lot division or consolidation is necessary, and whether a conditional use permit or variance is required for the proposed building project. Fee(s) required to obtain service: Refer to OMPC Form 107 for filing fees for planning/zoning items, which vary by application type. Refer to OMPC forms 303 and 323 for building/electrical fees, which vary by project type and size.
State Licenses and Permits
The One-Stop Business Licensing Program site offered by the state of Kentucky provides a comprehensive list of licenses and permits based on the type of business that you will be starting.