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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
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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 our customers, 

As we all navigated the COVID-19 pandemic this past year many BZS processes were adjusted to comply with CDC guidelines and recommendations. However BZS was still able to review and approve plans in a timely fashion.

On July 6, 2021 we again reacted to the CDC and Columbus Public Health guidelines and re-opened our front counter to customers but have left our online options in place.  Many customers have found the online options to be more convenient than traveling to our office.

In addition to our front counter re-opening, all BZS boards and commissions will now meet face to face at times and locations listed on our web site. (www.Columbus.gov/BZS) In the interest of safety we will adhere to the CDC recommendations regarding cleaning and social distancing.

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

  • The permit intake counter, at 111 N. Front St., is open to receive your plans with social distancing protocols in place.

    • New building permits can still be shipped by US Mail, UPS, FedEx or other courier service to our office (FYI, no receipt signature is available) 
    • New site plans can still 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”
    • Zoning applications can be dropped off at our front counter or emailed to [email protected]
      - Variance and rezoning applications may be submitted by email and will be processed.
    • BZS licenses or registrations will need to be renewed if you have not already done so. 

    The following services and activities are 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 on our web site or by phone at (614) 645-8235

     

    Thank you for your past patience and understanding as we ramp back up for in person operation.

    Scott Messer

    Director

    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 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

    Addressing

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