Risk Reduction

Risk Reduction, a Division of Manhattan Fire, administers city ordinances relating to health, safety and protection of residents and their property. Code officers also review plans and issue building permits for new construction, additions and alterations. Building moving permits, curb cut permits, mobile home permits, electrical, mechanical and plumbing permits, as well as all contractor and trade licenses are also issued by the Risk Reduction Division.

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Recent Announcements:

COVID-19 Response Update 6/2/2020

Inspections Required for Fuel Gas Appliance Replacement

As the number of active COVID-19 cases has leveled off in the area and Governor Kelly and local Health Departments have eased COVID1-9 restrictions the City of Manhattan has begun to take steps to restore normal operations of public services and eventually resume public access to City buildings and facilities. 

Currently, Risk Reduction staff continue to telework with the minimal staff in the office to answer phones, process permits, and schedule inspections.  The Manhattan Fire Department is in the process of implementing cleaning procedures and protection measures to allow for Risk Reduction staff to safely return to the office in the near future.  The Risk Reduction Office will remain closed to the public until further notice, however, preparations are being made in anticipation of reopening the office to the public in July as long as the number of COVID-19 cases remains stable. 
As a part of our efforts to increase social distancing and protect staff and the public, in early April Risk Reduction implemented temporary measures to allow for self-inspection of fuel fire appliances like water heaters and furnaces.  Beginning Monday, June 8th, Risk Reduction will no longer accept self-inspections for the installation of fuel-fired appliances like water heaters and furnaces.  Permits issued on or after June 8th will require an inspection by an inspector.  After first obtaining the appropriate permit and then completing the installation, please contact the Risk Reduction office at 587-4506 to schedule an inspection. 
Risk Reduction inspectors will continue to practice social distancing and good hygiene while providing services to the community. Although the protective procedures that we have implemented over the last couple of months have been inconvenient for some, these necessary measures have allowed Risk Reduction to continue providing essential services to the construction community.  This continuity of services would not be possible without the understanding and cooperation from the construction community.  We will continue to keep the local contractor community updated as we work to safely resume normal operations.  If you have any questions regarding the inspection of fuel gas appliances or the status of services provided by Risk Reduction please do not hesitate to contact the office at 587-4506 or email


Electrical Appliance Self-Inspection 2020

COVID-19 Response Update 4/7/2020
COVID-19 Response Update 3/19/2020


Continuing Education Classes:

- Risk Reduction is not offering any at this time.  
Find a list of approved continuing education classes for electricalmechanical and plumbing contractors.

View powerpoints from recent CEU classes below:

 Significant Changes to the 2018 IRC and IBC  - view powerpoint here
 Significant Changes to the 2017 NEC - view powerpoint here 

New Online Features

  • Online rental registration is now available.
  • Contractor database:  This database contains information on individuals and companies currently licensed by the Risk Reduction Division of the Manhattan Fire Department, for work in the City of Manhattan. Journeyman and master licensed individuals must work for a licensed contractor in order to conduct work within the city. If there are any questions or for further information on individual licenses, please contact our office at 785-587-4506.
  • Contractors: Check the status of inspections on your projects. Permit number required.
  • Check to see if your roofing contractor is registered as required by the State of Kansas.
  • Find a list of approved continuing education classes for electricalmechanical and plumbing contractors.

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