Douglas County flags Kobach barn permit

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is seeking a revised construction permit for a building in rural Douglas County after inspectors found the interior work exceeded the original scope.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Kobach was originally issued an agricultural use permit for a barn on property he owns between Topeka and Lawrence.

But an electrical inspector found that the interior framing was completed to allow for future bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom.

Kobach reapplied in May for a permit that would comply with the county’s building codes.

That request is pending with the county.

The Republican secretary of state said he was advised by the barn’s manufacturer that the inside construction fell within the scope of the agricultural use permit issued in 2013. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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