Plan Review, Permits and Inspections


Inspections validate that work performed complies with the scope of work detailed on the permit and approved plans. Before a permit can be completed and closed, all required inspections must be approved. 

At purchase, most permits include a base number of inspections, also called trips. For several reasons, it may be necessary to purchase additional trips.

Purchase additional trips:

  • With a registered login to our Citizen Access Portal
  • With the Miscellaneous Service Application delivered
  • In person
  • Via fax or mail with SOFT Account Information

Inspections are divided into four disciplines: Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, and Structural. Each ensures that work complies with code requirements that are intended to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of city residents and guests.

Inspection Requests
Requests received before 4:00pm on a business day will be scheduled for the next business day. Any of the following can be used to make a request:

Online Request Form

    By phone

    • (614) 645.8235

    In person and by fax
    Completed Inspection Request or Witness Test Inspection Request (only receivable in person or by fax) forms can be submitted to:

    • Building and Zoning Services
      Customer Service Center
      111 N. Front St.
      Columbus, Oh 43215 
      9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday (except City observed holidays)
    • The fax number present on the form

    Cancellation requests received before the inspector arrives at the job site will have the trip credited to the permit.

    • (614) 645.7847 (phone)
    • (614) 645.2099 (fax)

    The Building Inspection Manager, David Daniel, is responsible for all four sections of inspectors.

    • (614) 645.8445 (phone)
    • (614) 645.8358 (fax)

    The Customer Service Manager, Nicholas Newnham, is responsible for all inspection requests.

    • (614) 645.4685 (phone)


    Electrical Electrical inspections determine that electrical wiring, equipment, and systems are installed in accordance with code.  - learn more

    Mechanical Mechanical inspections determine that appliances, equipment, and systems are installed in accordance with code.  - learn more

    Plumbing Plumbing inspections determine that plumbing-related systems are constructed in accordance with code.  - learn more

    Structural Structural inspections determine that general building trades and fire protection systems (sprinkler and fire alarm) are constructed in accordance with code. - learn more

    Online Permits For information on the types of permits available for purchase online, please refer to the Online Permits section on the Online Services page of our website. - learn more