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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

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

Due to the rapidly unfolding COVID-19 situation, the Department of Building and Zoning Services is suspending the following services and activities:

  • The permit intake counter, at 111 N. Front St., will be closed to in-person customers until further notice
    • No new permit applications will be accepted in-person
    • New permits however, can be shipped by US Mail, UPS, FedEx or other courier service to our office (FYI, no receipt signature is available)
  • No building or trades permits will expire during this time
  • The Map Room will be closed until further notice
    • New applications can be emailed to onestopplans@columbus.gov for processing
  • Zoning applications can be emailed to zoninginfo@columbus.gov
  • No Time Limited Occupancy permits will expire during this time
  • No BZS licenses or registrations will expire during this time
  • Meetings for the following boards and commissions will be cancelled until further notice
    • Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA)
    • Columbus Building Commission
    • Development Commission
    • General and Home Improvement Contractors Board
    • Graphics Commission
    • Sign Erectors Board
    • Skilled Trades Review Board

The following services and activities remain open and available:

  • All online services, including building permits, scheduling inspections, and inspection trip purchases
  • Inspections for commercial, multi-family permits
  • Inspections for occupied residential buildings will be conducted virtually through remote video or pictures in coordination with our inspection supervisors
    • Inspections can be scheduled online by clicking the “Citizen Access Portal” button or by phone at (614) 645-8235

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this unprecedented time.

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