Temporary Trailers

Temporary trailers, construction offices, and other accessory structures not intended for permanent installation are still required to comply with the Ohio Building Code.  A Building/Zoning Permit Application, site plan, details of anchoring, means of access (steps, landings, and handrails), and adequate separation from other structures are required.  More specifically:

1.    Provide a site plan showing the location of the trailer and its proximity to other structures.

2.    Anchoring the tie downs to trailers used for temporary occupancy shall meet the approval of Building Inspection and be able to withstand wind speeds per OBC Section 1609.  Details must be certified by a State of Ohio licensed architect or engineer.

3.    Steps shall be provided where required for access.  Steps shall be a minimum 36” wide, 7” maximum riser height, 11: minimum tread, handrail shall comply with OBC Section 1009.4.2 and a guard, if required shall comply with OBC Section 1013.

4.    An electrical permit shall be obtained for any electric service and meet the approval of the Electrical Inspector and the requirements of the National Electric Code (NEC).  Separate permits are required, as appropriate, for HVAC and plumbing work for occupancy of the trailer.

5.    An office use trailer (use group “B”) and storage use trailers (use group “S-1”) shall be placed more than 10 feet from all other structures and property lines per OBC Table 602.  Location from property lines and other structures shall be dimensioned on the Site Plan.

6.    Toilet facilities shall be provided within 500 feet of the trailer per OBC Section 2902.3.2.  Location of the toilet shall be indicated on the Site Plan.

7.    The minimum permit fee is $345.25, based on a cost of $2,000 or less.