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License Section

Department of Public Safety
4252 Groves Rd
Columbus, OH 43232
Office : (614) 645-8366
Fax : (614) 645-8912
Office Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8:00AM - 3:30PM

The mission of the License Section is to administer and enforce all laws, rules and regulations relating to licensing and permit requirements for various types of businesses, charitable solicitations and users of alarm systems.

Below is a complete list of licenses that the License Section issues. Each section contains the following:

     - a link to the applicable Columbus City Code;
     - any application(s) that is required to obtain the license; and
     - any rules and regulations that may apply to the specific section of the code.

Information submitted through the City of Columbus' website may be subject to disclosure pursuant to a public records request. Information submitted through the City's website may be shared with another governmental agency if the visitor's inquiry relates to that agency. Certain types of information (such as electronic payment information) are exempt from disclosure as public records. If you have questions about the Ohio Public Records laws, refer to State of Ohio's Revised Code, Section 149.43, Availability of Public Records.                


Due to the spread of the COVID-19, the City of Columbus is taking a number of actions to keep residents safe and reduce the unnecessary safety risk posed to the City’s Emergency Responders.

Based on this the License Section’s office located at 4252 Groves Road is currently CLOSED. During this minimal operation adjustment the processing of permits, permit fees, payments and false alarm fees most likely be delayed. The licenses issued by this office that expire during this time will be extended until fourteen (14) days after the Mayor has lifted the current State of Emergency.

The License Section may also lower or adjust false alarm fees during this current State of Emergency. The adjustments to these accounts will be determined based on the length of the State of Emergency.

In the meantime the License Section is urging all alarm user to help reduce the number of false alarms. This can be obtained if the alarm user can ascertain the cause(s) of their false alarm and do their part by promptly rectifying the issues, which will help reduce the unnecessary safety risk posed to the City’s Emergency Responders.

The License Section will continue to monitor the situation and advise of any additional information when it becomes available. The length of the State of Emergency will determine these outcomes.

Please keep in mind all alarm related payments can be made on-line at: 


Alarm Dealers - 4 Items

Alarm Customers - Home/Business - 4 Items

Arcades - 4 Items

Billiard Rooms - 4 Items

Bug Your Bike - 1 Item

Carnivals, Circuses and Shows - 4 Items

Charitable Solicitations and Professional Fundraiser - 3 Items

Closing-Out Sales; Distressed Merchandise Sales - 3 Items

Commercial Sales - 4 Items

Community Markets on Public Property - 4 Items

Community Noise - 5 Items

Dangerous Ordnance - 3 Items

Hotel/Motel Operations - 4 Items

Itinerant Vendors - 4 Items

Massage and Bath Establishments - 4 Items

Mobile Food Vending (MFV) - 9 Items

Parades, Processions and Other Moving Assemblages - 3 Items

Scrap Metal Dealers - 4 Items

Short-Term Rentals - 5 Items

Vehicle for Hire (VFH) - 7 Items