Plan Review, Permits and Inspections

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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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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


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

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:

Purchase trips and Schedule Inspections on our Citizen Access Portal

    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.

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


    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