General Zoning Information

Contact Info

Zoning Inquiries
Email: [email protected]

Rezoning and variances
(Zoning Public Hearings)
Office: 614-645-4522

Section managers

Chief Zoning Official
Shannon Pine

Code Development: 
Paul Freedman, Manager

Commercial Zoning Clearance:
Nick Bezanson, Manager

Residential Zoning Clearance:
Christine Palmer, Manager

Public Hearings - BZA and Graphics:
Jamie Freise, Manager

Public Hearings - Rezoning and Council Variances: 
Tim Dietrich, Manager

Zoning Confirmation Letters

Zoning Confirmation Letters

A zoning confirmation letter is not a rebuild letter. The City of Columbus cannot issue rebuild letters as these are a matter of legal interpretation of city code for consideration by private counsel.

A zoning confirmation letter will only confirm the current zoning of a property and provide reference to the applicable controlling zoning code section or city ordinance.

Request a zoning confirmation letter
To initiate a zoning confirmation letter, you must submit a written request. The request should include a property's parcel identification number, street address, and the name, email and mailing address of the requester.

The minimum fee for this service is $50.00 dollars and must be paid in advance . Additional fees may apply. Multiple parcels must be contiguous or $50.00 for each parcel number. Requests are completed in the order that they are received. 

Requests and prepayments should be mailed to Zoning Letters, Building and Zoning Services, 111 N. Front Street, Columbus, OH 43215.  All checks should be made payable to the Columbus City Treasurer.

Please note that we do not accept emailed requests for zoning confirmation letters.

Additional information
A response to questions of a property's current compliance with existing building and zoning regulations requires submission of a Building Permit Application and current site plan accompanied by sealed drawings by an architect or engineer and the associated fees. For any questions, email [email protected].

For a property record search for any outstanding code violations, certificate of occupancy or copies of building permits contact [email protected] or (614) 645-6082 for fees and specific requirements.