The City of Dayton, through the actions of the City Commission to adopt a building code, believes a city must have minimum standards of construction to ensure the public health, safety and welfare. The minimum standards of construction reduce potential hazards and unsafe construction practices. They help provide sufficient access to buildings to all persons as well as the means to safely leave a building during an emergency situation such as a fire. The permitting process is the means to ensure the minimum standards can be met in the construction and reconstruction of buildings. Additionally, the State of Ohio requires compliance with the building codes through legislation. Permit applications can be found online atBuilding/Zoning Application.