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In addition to a Building Permit, permits will also be required for any Electrical, Plumbing, and Heating & Cooling work. The cost of a permit is generally small compared to the overall project costs. The inspections included in the permit fee provide the homeowner with the assurance the work is completed in compliance with the minimum requirements of the residential building code and the approved plans. A copy of the approved plans and all permits are required to be kept at the project location. If you have additional questions, please contact the Building Inspection Division at 937-333-3883.
It depends on what you are planning to do. If you are simply applying a new layer of shingles you do not need a building permit. If you are replacing or repairing any portion of the wood sheathing supporting the shingles or structural members like rafters or trusses, a building permit is required. You might need to obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) if your home is located in a historic district. When recovering an existing roof, the new roof covering cannot be installed without first removing all coverings when the existing roof has two or more layers of any type of roofing to keep from overloading the roof structure.
For a fence six (6) feet high or less, a Building Permit is not required. All fences of any height now require a Zoning Permit. For fences over six feet high, follow the directions given for applying for a Building Permit. You may call 937-333-3883 with any questions regarding building permits and fences. Contact the Zoning Administrator prior to constructing a fence to secure the Zoning Permit and to determine any special conditions that apply to your property. Call 937-333-3903 or visit the
Residential plans are currently being reviewed under the 2013 Ohio Residential Code for One, Two, and Three Family Dwellings as amended. An updated and revised Ohio Residential Code will go into effect July 1, 2019. The 2017 Ohio Plumbing Code, the 2017 Ohio Mechanical Code, and the 2017 National Electrical Code (NFPA 70) also apply to residential buildings. View the list of all building codes and follow the link to an online version of the 2013 Ohio Residential Code at
A building permit is not required; however, approval from the Zoning Administration is necessary and an electrical permit may also be required if an addition or extension to the electrical system will be necessary for operation of the pool or hot tub. An electrical permit is needed for all in-ground pools for the grounding system. Visit the
A minimum depth of 32 inches from finish grade to the bottom of the footing is required by the Residential Code of Ohio. Minimum size shall be determined by load bearing value of the soil conditions in pounds per square foot. Concrete in footings shall have a specified compressive strength of not less than 2,500 PSI at 28 days, air-entrained.
Three copies of a site plan for a detached garage, drawings and a permit application must be submitted. You may contact the Building Inspection Division at 937-333-3883. This information can also be used for an attached garage; however, additional requirements for fire separation and for connecting foundations and structural members may be required by the Residential Code of Ohio. Detailed information and example drawings for download can be found at