How Do I Get a Permit?

See also Do I Need a Permit?

What is a permit?

A permit is a license that allows you or a contractor to perform work on your house or building. It is issued to the owner or the owner’s agent such as the contractor, sub-contractor or other person responsible for the work being done, and it identifies the required inspections. Permitting requirements are governed by City ordinances, zoning regulations and various state building code requirements. Some work may not require zoning or building permits, but, nonetheless, must still comply with the applicable codes.

How do I get a permit?

It’s easy. Just fill out the correct application form and submit it to the Department of Planning and Development along with any required drawings. Simple permits for those such as for a water heater or furnace replacement do not require any drawings. Applications and drawings are reviewed for completeness and conformance with codes. Applicants will be notified if any revisions are required.  Questions?  Call the Planning and Development Office at 937-296-2441.

Permit Forms

Which projects require a permit?

Any project that requires inspection for compliance with a zoning or building code requires a permit. For a detailed list of projects that require permits and those that don’t go to:

Residential Projects
Commercial Projects
Related Construction
Work in Right of Way

How long does it take to receive a permit?

Simple permits that do not require drawing review are usually issued within a few days. Simple projects with few drawings that require minimal review are usually issued within two weeks, depending on the volume of applications. Larger, more complex projects involving review by multiple departments may take several weeks.

How and when do I pay for a permit?

The fees are outlined in the fee schedule and are due when the permit is issued, not when you make application. You may pay by cash, check, Visa or MasterCard.

When can I start work?

After the permit is issued. Emergency repair/replacement (i.e., water heater, furnace) can proceed as long as the application is submitted immediately. Work started or performed without a permit is subject to a Stop Work Order and penalty fees.

How long is the permit valid and when is it closed?

The permit is valid for six months from the time of issuance or the date of the last approved inspection, whichever is most recent. Expired permits require renewal or re-issuance with additional fees. The permit is closed when the final inspection is completed and the work is approved for compliance with the applicable codes. The inspectors will leave an inspection tag at each inspection indicating the results of the inspection. Multiple failed inspections will be subject re-inspection fees.