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Codes Administration - Sport Courts / Tennis Courts


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 a list of items that are considered to be minimum requirements shall be met. In addition to providing compliance to the following items, a building permit will be required:

  • 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: o The need for screening to protect the privacy of adjoining properties, including noise and lighting, if proposed, and o 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 Community Development.
  • Courts shall not be constructed within a required front yard or side yard and shall be located a minimum of ten (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 twelve (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 ten (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 by the Governing Body and recommendation of the Planning Commission by issuance of a special use permit. A lighting plan shall be submitted which indicates the lumens (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.
  • All courts shall require a building permit prior to grading and/or installation.
  • Contractors are required to be licensed with the City of Leawood.

A permit application may be obtained in person from the Codes Administration Division at City Hall or by using this permit application. The form must be filled out completely and returned with the following required information:


Permits expire after 180 days from the date of issuance. Additional time may be granted if substantial completion can be verified prior to the expiration of the permit.

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