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 4/7/2020

Self-Inspections for Fuel Gas Appliance Replacement

In response to the Riley County Health Department announcement that community spread of the COVID-19 virus has been confirmed in Riley County, Risk Reduction has implemented further precautionary measures to reduce the risk of exposure to inspectors, contractors, and homeowners.  Beginning Wednesday, April 8, replacement of fuel gas appliances like furnaces and water heaters will be self-inspected by the contractor performing the installation.  This process is similar to the self-inspection procedure currently in place for the replacement of electrical appliances.  

Permitting and Self-inspection Procedure

  • Prior to replacing appliance, obtain the appropriate permit by applying online through the Risk Reduction website.  If you currently have a billable account with the City, you can call the Risk Reduction office at 785-587-4506 to obtain the permit.
  • Downloadable PDF’s of the gas appliance self-inspection form and the electrical appliance self-inspection forms are provided below.  Download the appropriate self-inspection form for the appliance being replaced.
  • When the installation is complete, fill out the self-inspection form and take at least one photo of the installation.
  • Send the completed Self-Inspection Form and photograph(s) to riskreduction@cityofmhk.com.

When the Risk Reduction office returns to normal operations, we will follow-up with the businesses and homeowners to place compliance stickers on the appliances that have been installed using the self-inspection procedure.  At that time, if we identify any concerns about the installation, we will contact the contractor responsible for the installation and self-inspection.

Electrical Appliance Self-Inspection 2020
Gas Appliance Self-Inspection 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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