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Department of Development
111 N. Front Street, 8th Floor  
Columbus, OH 43215  
(614) 645.7795   
(614) 645.6675 [FAX]  

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Small Business Assessment Advisory Committee The City of Columbus is accepting applications for the Small Business Assessment Advisory Committee, a component of Mayor Andrew J. Ginther’s “Reimagining Small Business Initiatives” announced earlier this month. Applications are available online and must be turned in by January 8, 2019. All applicants must submit a current resume’ or vitae along with the application. Download the application


Grant Announcement The City of Columbus is pleased to announce the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the 2019 – 2020 Human Services Grant Program. The application period is open from November 16, 2018 to January 4, 2019. Deadline for submission of proposals is 5pm on Friday, January 4, 2019.

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Director's Office The Department of Development is responsible for code enforcement, economic development, housing, land redevelopment, neighborhood services and planning. - learn more

Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement Our Mission:  To improve the quality of life in Columbus neighborhoods through implementation and enforcement of the City's Housing, Zoning, Graphics, Health, Sanitation, and Safety Codes. - learn more


Economic Development The Economic Development Division assists local businesses and provides information to companies looking to expand or relocate in Columbus. - learn more


Housing The Housing Division serves Columbus by preserving and producing housing that helps build strong, distinct and vibrant neighborhoods. The Housing Division offers programs to assist homeowners, housing developers and rental property owners. - learn more

Land Bank House

Land Redevelopment Division and Land Bank Program The Columbus Land Bank was established in 1994 to improve Columbus neighborhoods by returning vacant, abandoned and underutilized residential and commercial properties into productive community assets.  - learn more

Planning C2P2

Planning The Planning Division is responsible for neighborhood planning, commercial overlays, board and commission (Downtown, University District and East Franklinton), historic preservation, annexation and public art.  - learn more

Consultant selected for Small Business Study The Department of Development has selected Next Street Financial LLC of Massachusetts to provide a comprehensive assessment and study of opportunities for entrepreneurship-based economic development as part of its ongoing efforts to reimagine small business support within the City of Columbus. - learn more

City of Columbus Incentives Study The City of Columbus hired consulting firm HR&A to study the city’s use of tax incentives to support and encourage commercial, industrial and residential development.  After a series of public meetings and legislative approval by City Council, the final policy documents are listed below.  For more information about the policies, contact Hannah Reed at 614-645-8577.

Incentive Study by HR&A  
CRA Assessment Report by VSI
Public Meeting Video
CRA_map and overview
Final Policy Legislation 
Final Policy Overview

Individual CRA Amendments
AC Humko
Fifth by Northwest
Livingston and James
Milo Grogan
Near East
North Central
Short North
Weinland Park

Residential Tax Incentives Tax Incentives