Residential construction (Building) projects are defined as projects such as: Interior remodeling, room additions, new homes, decks, porches, a new garage, sheds and stairs. Projects such as driveway extensions, sheds (under 200 sq ft), fences, Residential fence information sheet, and above-ground pools require a Zoning permit only.
More information about permit fees can be obtained by calling our office at 937-296-2441 or found online in the City of Kettering Fee Schedule.
Note: Per the State of Ohio, there is a 1% state fee added to the cost of Kettering and Oakwood residential structure, electric, plumbing and heating permits. This fee does not apply to zoning permits.
Who should make the application?
The owner or the owner’s authorized agent (i.e., contractor or architect).
Who can a permit be issued to?
To the property owner or his authorized agent. Both parties bear responsibility.
Can demolition or construction begin without a permit?
NO! Work that does not require a permit or emergency repairs may proceed. Work conducted without a required permit is subject to a Stop Work Order, Notice of Violation or Adjudication Order requiring removal of the work and/or other penalties prescribed by law.
Will I need permits from any other city departments?
When a property owner is doing work on a curb area along the street, a driveway apron, or sidewalk in a public right-of-way, a permit may be required for that work through the City’s Engineering Department. Please visit our Engineering Department’s page or contact them by phone at 937-296-2436.
Application Submission Requirements – Drawings
Building permit drawings are often required for many projects, especially new homes, additions, sheds, garages and remodeling projects. Homeowner-installed plumbing also requires an isometric drawing. Listed below are submission requirements for various residential projects:
(fences, sheds less than 200 sq ft, driveway expansion & pools)
NOTE: Above and Inground Pools
Homeowners will need to schedule a free consultation with City Inspector to determine the placement of the pool. Permits will not be issued until inspection is complete.