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Application for Building Plan Approval


Section 105.1 Ohio Building Code states that any owner or owner's representative who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, or change of occupancy of a building or structure, or portion thereof, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, plumbing system, other building service equipment, or piping system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required approval. 


This application form can be used for the following types of project:

  • New construction of buildings or structures
  • Alteration, addition, and change of occupancy to existing buildings or structures 
  • Industrialized unit placement or relocation
  • Roof replacement
  • Repetitive projects
  • Communication tower construction and alteration
  • Fence construction for fences over 6 feet in height
  • Stand-alone ground sign over 6 feet in height 

Scope of work may include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Building general trade
  • Mechanical 
  • Electrical 
  • Plumbing 
  • Medical gas 
  • Building fire alarm 
  • Building sprinkler system including hood suppression system
  • Industrialized units

Application procedures:

Application form:

  1. Apply in paper format: To apply by mail you may contact our office for the DIC 3016 form by submitting request in the contact us page.
  2. Apply online through DIC web portal. If you have not registered as a member in the web portal, you must complete the registration process first. Once you are registered, you can follow the on-screen instructions to apply for “Building permit” as application type. Please be aware that there is a time limit for completing the application process online. For better preparation, please download a copy of DIC 3016 form to review the required information and documents prior to starting the online portal application process.
  3. An expedited (walk-in) plan review appointment can be requested for projects with less complexity that the plan review can be completed with 2 hours. Check the box “Request for expedited plan review appointment” on the paper building plan approval application form or apply through the DIC web portal by selecting “walk-in” as application subtype. Additional expedited plan review fee of $275.00 per scope of work will be charged for all qualified walk-in plan review in addition to the regular permit fees. See "Application for expedited plan review" document for more details. 
  4. If a "phased plan review" is desired, please check the "Phased plan review" box on the application form and mark the phase(s) of plan review that you are requesting.
  5. If "Special inspections" per  Section 1705 Ohio Building Code are required in your project, please click here to read the instructions for the "Statement of special inspections" and to complete and submit along with your application.   

Construction drawing requirements:

  1. Apply online through DIC portal: Convert all drawings and documents into .pdf format and insert all pages into one file name. Upload one set of .pdf format file to the attachment tab after the completion of application information.   
  2. Apply in paper format: Submit three (3) sets of paper construction drawings along with the application form
  3. According to Section 106.2 Ohio Building Code, all construction drawings/documents shall be sealed by an Ohio registered design professional(s) pursuant to Section 3791.04 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Building permit fees:

  1. The building permit fees for the Division of Industrial Compliance are established in Section 4101:7-7-01 Ohio Administrative Code.
  2. Apply online through DIC portal: Enter the square footage and/or lineal footage of the building area affected by the construction in the application information section for each applicable scope of work included in the project, the permit fees will be automatically calculated by the system. Once the invoice is created by DIC staff and placed on the portal, you will be notified to make payment through the portal. For further fee details and calculation worksheet, please download a copy of DIC 3016 form to review.
  3. Apply in paper format: Download a copy of DIC 3016 form and follow the instructions in the fee worksheet to complete the fee calculation. 
  4. The building permits fees are for plan examination and a minimum of five construction inspections allowed for each scope of work identified in the permit application form. Additional allowed number of inspection will be added as the square footage or lineal footage of the project area increases. Download DIC 3016 form for more details.