Kobach settles permit issue with Douglas County

This April 22, 2013 file photo shows Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he has the proper permits for construction of a barn in rural Douglas County, though he isn’t sure what all the fuss is about.

Kobach told the Lawrence Journal-World he received the necessary residential permit on Wednesday for a farm building constructed on 160 acres between Topeka and Lawrence.

He was advised initially that an agricultural use permit would suffice because he didn’t intend to live in the barn, although other rooms were framed inside.

County officials say that Kobach’s permit would have been sufficient in most areas of Kansas but that Douglas County has stricter building codes that limit construction.

Kobach says news of the permit issue was overblown. He says he resolved it once he learned of the county’s requirements.


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