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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.

Alarm Dealers - 4 Items

Alarm Customers - Home/Business - 4 Items

Arcades - 3 Items

Billiard Rooms - 3 Items

Bug Your Bike - 1 Item

Carnivals, Circuses and Shows - 3 Items

Charitable Solicitations and Professional Fundraiser - 3 Items

Closing-Out Sales; Distressed Merchandise Sales - 3 Items

Commercial Sales - 3 Items

Community Markets on Public Property - 3 Items

Community Noise - 4 Items

Dangerous Ordnance - 3 Items

Hotel/Motel Operations - 3 Items

Itinerant Vendors - 3 Items

Massage and Bath Establishments - 3 Items

Mobile Food Vending (MFV) - 8 Items

Parades, Processions and Other Moving Assemblages - 3 Items

Scrap Metal Dealers - 3 Items

Short-Term Rentals - 4 Items

Vehicle for Hire (VFH) - 6 Items