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Building and Zoning Services
111 North Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215   
Office:  (614) 645-7433 
Fax:  (614) 645-0082 
Weekdays: 9:00AM to 4:00PM 
Additional Contacts
Directions to our office
Parking Map for BZS

Citizen Access Portal

2021 Observed Holidays

January 1         New Year's Day

January 18       MLK Jr Day

February 15     President's Day

May 31            Memorial Day

July 5              Independence Day

September 6    Labor Day

November 11   Veterans Day

November 25   Thanksgiving Day

December 25   Christmas Day

BZS UPDATE: Please Read Carefully


To all of our customers, 

Due to the continuing COVID-19 situation BZS will be modifying some of our services and activities to limit our staff’s and customers’ potential exposure. With that in mind please read the information below carefully

We have had customers trying to email applications in that cannot be accepted by email.  If this happens, due to limited staff availability your application will likely be delayed.

Per the COVID-19 Governor’s Emergency Order, Click here to determine your space’s maximum capacity.

The following services and activities have been modified to protect our staff and customers:

  • The permit intake counter, at 111 N. Front St., will be closed to in-person customers until further notice.
  • New building permits can be shipped by US Mail, UPS, FedEx or other courier service to our office (FYI, no receipt signature is available) 
  • New site plans can only be shipped by US Mail, UPS, FedEx or other courier service to our office (FYI, no receipt signature is available), or submitted online through the “Citizen Access Portal”

    Meetings for the following boards and commissions will be held by WebEx teleconferencing for the foreseeable future.  To join a particular board or commission meeting click on the board or commission link below and open up that month’s agenda for instructions. You can also monitor any board or commission meeting by going to the city of Columbus YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/cityofcolumbus


      • Zoning applications can be emailed to [email protected]
        - Variance and rezoning applications may be submitted by email and will be processed.
      • No BZS licenses or registrations will expire during this time  


      The following services and activities remain open and available:

      • All online services, including building permits, Final Site Compliance Plans, scheduling inspections, and inspection trip purchases
      • All permit inspection services
      • Inspections can be scheduled online by clicking the “Citizen Access Portal” button or by phone at (614) 645-8235
      • An inspection supervisor will contact the applicant to determine how the inspection can move forward.


      Thank you for your understanding and patience during these unprecedented times.

      Scott Messer



      Building A Better City

      The Department of Building and Zoning Services supports the safety and quality of life for City of Columbus residents and visitors alike.

      The processes of plan reviews, permitting, inspections, zoning and engineering ensures proper land development and promotes high-quality design standards through the enforcement of state and local building and zoning codes.

      We've organized this site into the following sections to help you quickly find information and resources that are relevant to your project or line of work.

      To view and download the fee schedule visit Columbus.gov/bzsdocs


      Thank you to everyone who attended our 2020 Winter School! To download a PDF of the Powerpoint Slides, please click here. Individual FSCP flow charts can be found in the Training and Documentation section of our Document Library

      How Do I?

      How Do I? Get answers to the most frequently asked questions by private homeowners, business owners, contractors and others. - learn more

      Plan Review, Permits & Inspections

      Plan Review, Permits & Inspections Within this section, you'll find information about forms, plan review, permits and inspections. - learn more


      Zoning Zoning is the delineation of districts and the establishment of regulations governing the use, placement, spacing,  and size of land and buildings.  Zoning provides guidelines for setbacks, height of structures, lot sizes, lot coverage, parking and other requirements.  - learn more

      Building and Zoning Services Document Library

      Document Library In this section, you'll find a listing of various documents related to the functions of the Department of Building and Zoning Services. - learn more

      Online Services

      Online Services Get on-demand, online access to many services-24 hours a day, 7 days a week-right here. - learn more

      Contractor Licensing Registration

      Contractor Licensing Registration Contractor licensing & registration In accordance with the Columbus City Code, the Department of Building and Zoning Services issues licenses and registrations to individual contractors who wish to perform work within the City of Columbus. - learn more

      Engineering Site Plan Review

      Engineering Site Plan Review The Engineering group is responsible for the coordination of plan reviews across multiple city departments. Plans may be required to be submitted and reviewed, depending on the nature of the project. - learn more

      Boards and Commissions

      Boards and Commissions These links provide more detailed information for various public meeting groups for the City of Columbus. For more information related to each board or commission, simply click on the link. - learn more


      Map Room Information about Addressing and the Map Room - learn more