Kauai Real Estate > Building
a Home on Kauai
Thinking of Building a Home on
There are a number of
challenges to be faced in building a home on Kauai, but never fear they
can be overcome with strong doses of patience & perseverance.
Cost is always the first concern and I must warn you $250 to $400 per
foot just for a mid-grade home is not uncommon and expect $450 to $600 a
foot for a quality higher-end home. Also swimming pools are quite
expensive on the Island, ranging from a modest pool costing $140K up to
$350K for elaborate pools with waterfalls and infinity edges.
Time is also a major consideration for mainlanders considering
building on Kauai, from the time you close escrow on your dream lot, you
are looking at 2 years before you are “putting the key in the door” even
if you are really organized and focused in on completing the processes of
finding an architect, designing the home, selecting a builder, completing
the permitting process and overseeing the construction. So if you still
want to tackle this project here is what you need to know about the
In order to obtain the necessary building permits for a home on Kauai
you will need to navigate six county departments and one state agency.
Below is the contact information for each:
1) The building department controls most of the actual construction
issues such as framing, electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation.
Dept. of Public Works, Building Division (808) 241-4854
planning department manages all zoning issues, ie; minimum lot size, lot
coverage restrictions, single or multi-family dwellings allowed, setbacks
between the building and the street, side and rear yard, etc. County of
Kauai, Planning Department, (808) 241-4050
3) County of Kauai,
Department of Water, (808) 245-5400
4) The engineering department takes
care of things like streets and roads, flood zones, sidewalk and curb and
gutter, storm drainage, lot drainage and other lot and street issues.
Dept. of Public Works, Engineering Division (808) 241-4883
5) Dept. of
Public Works, County of Kauai, Division of Wastewater Management (808)
6) Fire Department, County of Kauai, (808) 241-4980
Dept. of Health, State of Hawaii, Environmental Health Services (808)