What is a building permit?
A building permit is a license granting legal permission to start construction of the work covered by the permit. There are several building permits issued through the Building Inspection Division and include a specific Building Permit for structures and life-safety issues covered by the Ohio Building Code and the Residential Code of Ohio. Other permits include plumbing, electric, HVAC, sewer, water, gas, demolition, and fire alarm and fire suppression systems. A sign permit is obtained from the Zoning Administration.

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1. What is a building permit?
2. When do I need a building permit?
3. How can I find out the permit fees for my project?
4. Why do I need a building permit?
5. If my building or house has had a fire or has been damaged by a vehicle or a storm, what do I need to do?
6. When don’t I need a building permit?
7. When do I not need a plumbing, electrical or mechanical permit?
8. How do I apply for a permit?
9. What building codes does the City of Dayton enforce?
10. Where is the Division of Building Inspection located?
11. When do I need to submit plans?
12. Can I apply for a permit online?
13. How long does it take to get a permit?
14. How many copies of plans are required for permit review?
15. How many copies of revised plans are needed?
16. How do I arrange for an inspection?
17. What should I know about inspections during construction?
18. How do I know if a property is within the Dayton city limits?
19. How do I know if a building is in a historic district with special requirements?
20. How do I find out what abandoned property is being sold by the City?
21. What is required to get electric service connected?
22. What is required to get natural gas service connected?
23. What are the hours of operation for the Building Inspection Permit Counter?
24. What services are provided at the One Stop Center (371 W. 2nd St.)?