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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 
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2020 Observed Holidays

January 1         New Year's Day

January 20       MLK Jr Day

February 17     President's Day

May 25            Memorial Day

July 4              Independence Day

September 7    Labor Day

November 11   Veterans Day

November 26   Thanksgiving Day

December 25   Christmas Day

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


Every five years, the Department of Building and Zoning Services reviews and revises the Combined Development Related Fee Schedule to ensure that fees charged defray the costs of providing services associated with reviewing plans, issuing permits, conducting inspections, keeping records, and other related activities. Additionally, fees are collected to reimburse for the costs of land use regulating activities, such as rezoning and applications for variances, site engineering plans, contractor licensing, and other assorted items related to the development process. The fees were adjusted after a thorough comparison of peer municipalities and an analysis of fees versus average total costs. 

Please Note: Offices will be closed Monday, January 20th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day.

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