A building permit authorizes a contractor or property owner to perform construction activity and installation of fixtures and equipment on a property. The State of Ohio requires all residential and commercial construction projects beyond basic repairs obtain a certificate of plan approval as part of the permit issuance process. This includes all new construction and exterior/interior renovation projects, as well as plumbing, HVAC, and electrical projects. Sidewalks, driveways, fences, roofs, windows, and many other common projects also require permits.
Building permits protect property owners and their occupants by ensuring that work is designed and constructed in accordance with state and local building codes. All plans must conform to the codes listed below:
It is the homeowners responsibility to ensure the work is inspected before work is covered and at its completion. However, most contractors coordinate with the City directly for the inspection of their work. Learn more about permit inspections, including when inspections are required.