Residential Construction

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.

Do I need a permit?

Codes

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.
Engineering Department
Right-of-Way Permits

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:

Residential Zoning

(fences, sheds less than 200 sq ft, driveway expansion, above ground pools, etc.)
• Application
• One (1) plot or site plan that can be obtained in the Planning & Development Department
Residential Building
• Application
• One (1) site plan and One (1) set of construction drawings.  These drawings must be emailed electronically in pdf. format as One (1) document to sherry.morse@ketteringoh.org
• When submitting documents, please put the address of property in subject line. Application must be sent as separate pdf in the same email as the drawings.

New single-family home

•Application
• One (1) site plan and One (1) set of construction drawings.  These drawings must be emailed electronically in pdf. format as One (1) document to sherry.morse@ketteringoh.org
• When submitting documents, please put the address of property in subject line. Application must be sent as separate pdf in the same email as the drawings.

Plumbing/Gas Application

• One (1) isometric drawing
Many of the most common project types have sample drawings available on the Codes, Studies & References page to further demonstrate what is required (see the above list). Construction drawings for most projects should include the following:
• Cover sheet with an index of drawings
• Site Plan (minimum 2 copies) with:
– Dimensions, north arrow and scale
– House location (existing and proposed work)
– Rights-of-way
– Easements
– Drives
– Drainage
– Utilities
• Floor plans of all floors & basement with:
– Room dimensions
– Room names
– Ceiling heights
– Stairs and ramps
– Windows
– Structural data
– Drawing scale
• Elevations with material indications and floor-to-floor dimensions
• Structural framing plans and details
• Wall sections to show all materials and structure from foundation to roof
• All drawings require the name, address and phone number of the person responsible for preparing the drawings.
For permit applications and information regarding permit fees, please visit our Permit Forms and Fees page or call the Planning and Development office at 937-296-2441.
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