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

On March 18, 2020, Mayor Andrew Ginther declared a State of Emergency in the City of Columbus. While basic city services will continue, some services will be limited during the public health emergency. We ask your patience during this time. Thank you.

Code Enforcement has been reduced to minimum staffing levels due to the current health crisis. If you have a life-safety emergency that you need assistance with, please call the number below during normal business hours.

Examples of EMERGENCY Life-Safety Issues are as follows:

Open vacant structures
Unsanitary conditions
No heat 
Sewage in basement
No water service

Code Enforcement Office: 614-645-2202

Thank you for your patience.

Code Enforcement-working to make our neighborhoods safe. The Code Enforcement Division works hard everyday to ensure the health and safety of our residents, holding landlords accountable. - learn more

Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement Administrator:  Heather Truesdell

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.
Code Enforcement is responsible for the enforcement of the following City codes:
  • The Housing Code, which enforces the quality of the many thousands of dwellings, dwelling units, and rooming houses within the City of Columbus;
  • The Zoning Code, which regulates land use and licensed facilities, such as junk and salvage yards;
  • The Nuisance Abatement Code, which addresses the condition of vacant and blighted properties located within the City;
  • The Health, Sanitation, and Safety (Environmental) Codes, which regulates high grass, weeds, solid waste, and general sanitary maintenance of properties within the City, and;
  • The Graphics Code, which enforces laws having to do with signs located within the City (scroll down at link location for Graphics Code information).

Code Enforcement also works to ensure that the unique characteristics of Columbus' Historic Districts and  Commission Areasare maintained and protected. The Code Enforcement Division is divided into three main sections:

CLICK HERE if you have received a Code Enforcement Violation Notice.  

CLICK HERE if you have a Code Enforcement Violation you would like to report (this link will take you to the 311 site)

Submit your website-related questions using this e-mail link.