The Building Division issues permits, reviews plans, inspects construction and enforces building regulations. The department consists of the Chief Building Official and Plans Examiner, Building and Heating Inspector, and contract electrical and building inspectors and plans examiners. Plumbing plan review and inspections are performed by Franklin County Board of Health in Columbus.
Information for Contractors - Requesting Inspections
Please call the Building Department at (614) 342-4010 and press 1 to leave your inspection request on the voice mail. Please be sure to include all required information including permit number, project address, type of inspection you are requesting, the date you will be ready for inspection, and a contact name and phone number. Please note: if you omit any of the requested information, it may delay the scheduling of your inspection. IT IS THE CONTRACTOR'S RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE AN ACCURATE PERMIT NUMBER WHEN REQUESTING AN INSPECTION.
Information for Contractors - Carbon Monoxide Alarms Required Beginning July 1, 2014
As of July 1, 2014, the City of Gahanna Building Division will require carbon monoxide alarms in new or existing dwelling having fuel-fired appliances. This change was made in accordance with the following modifications to the Residential Code of Ohio:
Carbon Monoxide Alarms
315.1 Carbon monoxide alarms . For new construction, an approved carbon monoxide alarm shall be installed outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedroom in dwelling units within which fuel-fired appliances are installed and in dwelling units that have attached garages.
315.1 When required. Carbon monoxide alarms are required to be installed only in new and existing dwelling units having fuel-fired appliances or having attached garages and only when any of the conditions described in this section apply.
315.1.1 New dwelling units. In new dwelling units, carbon monoxide alarms are required to be installed in the locations described in Section 315.2.
315.1.2 Existing dwelling units. In existing dwelling units, where an application for approval is required for work involving any of the following areas or systems within that dwelling unit, carbon monoxide alarms are required to be installed in the locations described in Section 315.2.
1. The addition or creation of a new sleeping room;
2. An alteration of a sleeping room;
3. An alteration in the immediate vicinity outside of a sleeping room;
4. An addition of, or an alteration to, an attached garage;
5. An addition, alteration, repair or replacement of a fuel-fired appliance.
315.2 Where required.
Where work requiring a permit occurs in existing dwellings that have attached garages or in existing dwellings within which fuel-fired appliances exist, carbon monoxide alarms shall be provided in accordance with Section 315.1. In new dwelling units and in existing dwelling units meeting any of the conditions described in Section 315.1.2, an approved carbon monoxide alarm shall be installed outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the sleeping rooms in those dwelling units.
315.3 Alarm requirements. Single station carbon monoxide alarms shall be listed as complying with UL 2034 and shall be installed in accordance with this code and the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
There are regulations concerning contractors doing work under the Ohio Building Code. Please click here for further information.
Requirements for Permit Applications
A fee is charged to recover the City’s administrative costs for enforcement of codes related to building, development, electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits and zoning applications and processing. Authority to assess such fees is contained within City Code Chapter 148. Click here for the complete list of Building fees
Building fees can be paid by cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express.
Deck Shed and Fence Permit Brochure
Deck Shed and Fence Permit Brochure
One, Two, & Three Family New Building, Addition, Alteration, Basement Finish, or Garage
Building & Remodeling your Single-Family Home Brochure
Commercial Industrial or Multi-Family of 4 Units or More
Commercial, Industrial and Multi-Family Construction Brochure
- Shed Permit Application
- Two (2) copies of a survey with location of shed shown
- Copy of manufacturers brochure or drawing
Building Permit - Residential 1, 2 & 3 Family (for addition, alteration, basement finish, new dwelling or new garage)
Building Permit - Commercial, Industrial or Multi-Family of 4 or More Units
Certificate of Occupancy
Driveway Approach Permit
Electrical Permit - Residential 1, 2 & 3 Family Dwelling
Electrical Permit - Commercial, Industrial or Multi-Family of 4 or More Units
Gas Piping Permit
Residential Roofing Permit
Swimming Pool Permit
Ohio Building Code
Residential Code of Ohio
Residential Code of Ohio Amendments Effective July 1, 2014 & January 1, 2015
Ohio Residential Energy Code Compliance Methods
Energy Code for Residential Structures
Franklin County Public Health
Franklin County Recorder
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Development Department
Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO)
Ohio Consumers' Counsel