Plan Review, Permits and Inspections

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Building and Zoning Services
111 North Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215   
Office:  (614) 645-7433   
Weekdays: 9:00AM to 4:00PM 
Please note that the Zoning Review room will be closed the second Tuesday of the month from 9 -10:30 AM for staff training.

Additional Contacts
Directions to our office
Parking Map for BZS

Citizen Access Portal

2023 Observed Holidays

Monday, January 2
New Year's Day (Observed)
Monday, January 16
Martin Luther King Jr Day
Monday, February 20
Presidents’ Day
Monday, May 29
Memorial Day
Monday, June 19
Juneteenth (Observed)
Tuesday, July 4
Independence Day
Monday, September 4
Labor Day
Friday, November 10
Veterans Day (Observed)
Thursday, November 23
Thanksgiving Day
Monday, 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

    Special When application is made for construction, the owner or owner’s representative shall employ one or more special inspectors to provide special inspections and tests during construction on the types of work specified in Chapter 17 of the Ohio Building 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