In response to COVID-19 outbreak and the request by President Donald Trump and Governor Andy Beshear to limit person to person interaction,
the Madison County Government and its related offices are open to the public by appointment only. Online, Phone and Mail options remain available.

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Licensing and Permits


Occupational Tax and Business Licenses

A Madison County Occupational Tax Account is needed if you are conducting business anywhere in Madison County that is NOT located inside the city limits of Richmond or Berea. Business Licenses and Occupational Tax for the Madison County Jurisdiction are regulated by


Building Permit Applications

The Commonwealth of Kentucky has adopted building, electrical and mechanical codes that pertain to residential and commercial buildings. These codes require permits for the construction, alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location, removal and demolition of all types of buildings and structures, except certain agricultural buildings located on qualified farms. 




Zoning Applications

This includes Minor Subdivision Plats, Development Plan, Preliminary Plat, Final Plan, Land Use Map Amendment, Board of Adjustments Packet, and Cell Tower Applications


Dog Licenses

Dog licenses are required by County Ordinance and are used as proof of ownership. A copy of the serial number as well as the name, address, and phone number of the owner is retained by the Madison County Animal Shelter. Not only can animal control officers easily contact the owner of impounded canines so they can be reclaimed, but private citizens who find dogs with a license on their collar can call the Madison County Animal Shelter for help finding the owner to avoid impounding the dog and the associated fees.




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