Sport Court Permits

The City of Leawood is Only Accepting Electronic Plan Submittals for Building Permits at this time.*

*Permits and Plans can be submitted to along with a completed Building Permit Application Form.

Paved areas and other surfaces designed for sports or similar recreational uses (hereinafter referred to as “courts”), may be approved as an authorized accessory use subject to required administrative approval by the Director of Planning for the location and design.

In order to prevent a negative influence on the neighborhood and creation of a potential nuisance the following conditions shall be considered minimum requirements to be met.:

  • Courts must be accessory to the principal use it is intended to serve. Courts on separate lots will not be considered as stand alone structures.
  • Plans shall be submitted for approval and shall be based upon compliance with the following standards:
    • The need for screening to protect the privacy of adjoining properties, including noise and lighting, if proposed, and
    • Appropriate management of surface water runoff. These standards are to be considered minimums and other factors may be considerations for approval by the Director of Planning.
  • Courts shall not be constructed within a required front yard and shall be located a minimum of 10 feet from any rear or side lot line. Screen plantings of a height necessary to muffle noise and block lights may be required as a condition to the special use approval.
  • Fences for courts may be up to 12 feet in height and shall be of a green or black PVC coated chain link fabric. Said fences shall be located a minimum of 10 feet from any rear or interior side lot line.
  • Courts shall be designed so that the surface water will be carried to the street or storm drainage system on the owner’s property, or by underground pipe to the public street or storm drainage system, or if across other ownership’s, easements must be obtained. A statement along with a detailed drawing from a professional engineer, P.E., shall be submitted showing and stating that these drainage requirements have been or will be met.
  • All court lighting shall be subject to approval either in conjunction with the application for a sport court or separately as an addition at a later date. Existing courts requesting lighting shall be authorized only by issuance of a special use permit. A lighting plan shall be submitted which indicates the lumins (footcandles) at the property line and distance to the nearest structures. Footcandles shall not exceed 0.5 footcandle measured anywhere along the adjacent property lines. Illumination levels shall be measured with a photoelectric photometer having a spectral response similar to that of the human eye, following the standard spectral luminous efficiency curve adopted by the International Commission on Illumination. A lighted court may be required to have additional screening in order to mitigate the affect of lighting on any adjoining properties. Cutoffs shall be provided to eliminate the view of the light source from adjoining properties.
  • No court lighting shall be permitted between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
  • A landscape plan shall be submitted at the time of application indicating plant material, size, location and spacing proposed. The landscape plan should screen the sport court from the right-of-way and adjacent properties.
  • All courts shall require a building permit prior to grading and/or installation.


The applicant is responsible for meeting all applicable City, County, State and Federal codes in their submission. Incomplete submissions may be rejected. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all of the required documents have been submitted to staff.

Planning Services
Leawood City Hall
2nd Floor – East
4800 Town Center Drive
Leawood, KS 66211
913-339-6700 x160