Building & Zoning Services

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Welcome to the Department of Building and Zoning Services, your one stop destination for all matters related to construction, zoning regulations, code enforcement and licensing in Columbus, Ohio. Our broad services include various aspects such as building permits, zoning compliance, engineering, code enforcement, weights and measures, contractor licensing, business licensing, and street addressing. Whether you're embarking on a new construction project, seeking to ensure compliance with zoning ordinances, or obtaining the necessary permits and licenses for your business or upcoming project, our hope is that our website will guide you through every step of the process. With our expertise and commitment to excellence, we strive to facilitate safe, efficient, and sustainable development throughout our vibrant city.


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FAQ & Guides
Documents & Forms
Code Enforcement
Building Inspections
Record Search
Zoning Map
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2024 Fee Schedule 
Electronic Review for Building Permits Submission Standards
Board of Zoning Adjustment Application
Typical Residential Projects

Graphic and Sign Installation Permit Form
Building Permit Application Form
Certified Address Form
Approved Minor Work Permit
Record Search Guideline


BZS News & Updates

BZS and Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center Announce Partnership

The Department of Building and Zoning Services is pleased and excited to partner with Fort Hayes Career Center. The goal of the partnership is to create opportunities for students entering the construction trades field. The students are exposed to trained professionals who previously worked in the industry and are now certified inspectors. 

BZS offers a variety of activities throughout the school year and summer to ensure students understand the function of the department and the possibility of future employment with the department.

 Activities include:

  • "BZS Day”:  Inspectors spend the day at Fort Hayes with the students and teachers
  • Shadow Days - groups of students spend the day at BZS to learn and understand the department
  • Internship-First ever program for skilled trades students at BZS. Students spend the summer learning about their prospective disciplines with certified building inspectors.
  •  Mentors-Offers students and teachers direct access to inspectors in all skilled trades
  • Trainee program - program approved by Ohio Board of Building Standards to hire two Ft. Hayes High School graduates for a paid trainee program. The trainees will spend a year learning and understanding building codes to become a certified building inspector.