City of Columbus Permit Requirements


When do I need a permit?

Building permits are very important to get when they are required. Some of the most important projects that require permits are listed below. This list is not comprehensive, so if you believe your project may need a permit and is not on this list, please use the construction-spending-misses-expectations-falls-06contact information on the Columbus lesson page to find out if a permit is needed. The common projects that need permits in Columbus include:

  • New Structures
  • Additions and Alterations to Existing Structures and Equipment
  • Heating or Ventilation Equipment Installations
  • Moving or Demolishing Structures
  • Decks
  • Fences
  • Signs
  • All Electrical Work
  • All Plumbing Work


What documents do I need to apply for a permit?

In order to make sure that your permitting process goes smoothly, you have to collect all of the documents that you images6need in order to apply for the permit. The documents that you will need include:

  • Plot plan showing size of lot and setback from property lines of existing structures
  • Two sets of blueprints showing the actual construction of the proposed structure
    • Must be drawn to scale and be legible
    •  Have to include:
      • Foundation Plan
      • Floor Plan
      • Elevations
      • Cross Section
  • Energy calculations of additionimagesd
  • Erosion control plan showing:
    • Erosion Control Device Locations
    • Driveway Locations
    • Dirt Stockpile Location
    • Direction of Slope of the Land
    • Degree of Slope of Land


Which inspections do I need for my home improvement project?

 Inspections are not only important to complete because of legal obligations, but they also help make sure that your home is safe for your belongings and your family. The inspections that you need to have completed for your home improvement project include:

  • inspectionsFooting and Foundations
    • Complete Before They are Poured
  • Sewer
  • Erosion Control
  • Under Floor Plumbing
  • Vapor Barrier
  • Temporary Electrical Service
  • Rough Construction
  • Rough Plumbing
  • Rough Electric
  • Rough Heating and A/C
  • Service Permanent Electrical
  • Insulation
  • Final Inspection
    • Complete Before Occupancy


What fees will I have to pay for my permit?

There are many different fees that you may have to pay. The fees vary based on the type of project that you are completing. In order to find out which fees you will have to pay, check out the fee schedule at images


Why should I apply for a permit?
If you don’t get a permit for your project before you begin your work, your fees will be doubled. This means that it will be more costly to complete your project and could be more difficult to stay within your budget. Also, permits help you ensure that your construction is done properly. This is because before the permits are closed, the project will need to have a final inspection to make sure that everything will be safe for you and your family.


Should my contractor or I apply for the permit?

Your contractor is required to inform you about all of the building or construction permits necessary for a project before you enter into a home 
improvement contract, imagespbut they do not have to apply for the permit. Either you or your contractor may be the one to apply for the permit. If your contractor applies for the permit, it helps ensure that they have paid for their worker’s compensation, unemployment insurance, and the minimum levels or liability or bond, which ensures that you and they are both protected. If a homeowner applies for the permit, they may not have the extra protection that this requirement gives. Also, if the contractor applies for the permit, they are required to have proof of credentials and electrical contractors must show that they are separately licensed by the city. If you apply for the permit, you must own the property that you are working on and currently occupy that residence. Ultimately, the decision regarding who applies for the permit is reliant on which criteria you fit and what you and your contractor decide.




Building permit-residential and commercial (including HVAC and erosion). City of Columbus. Retrieved from

Building permit- residential and commercial- including HVAC and erosion. City of Columbus. Retrieved from


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