The Plan Review Process

Most residential permits require the submission of 2 copies of plans while most commercial permits require 4 to 8 copies of plans. It is always best to contact our office before you prepare your submission so that we can let you know exactly how many copies will be required.

Commercial & Multi-Family Building Permits

For commercial and multi-family building permits, visit the Permit Drawing Requirements page for details on the information required to be included in your submission.

Initial Review

When the permit application is ultimately submitted to the Building Department along with the application fee and all required copies of plans, we will route your plans to all other applicable departments in the City for review and approval. These other reviews may include Zoning, Planning, Public Works, Fire, Health, Underground Utilities, Electric, Environmental Services and Traffic. Since not all departments need to review each project, and in order keep the plan review time to a minimum, we will let you know how many copies need to be submitted, based upon which departments will need to be included on the review process. You will also be notified if your project will require an additional entities’ approval, such as the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Historic Design Review Board or the Ohio Board of Building Appeals.

Plan Approval

After all departments have completed their reviews, the applicant will be notified of the results. On average, it takes approximately 10 working days from the date the application is submitted for all departments to complete their review.


If the permit cannot be approved due to the requirement of additional information or the need for corrections, the applicant will be notified. The additional information and/or corrections will then need to be resubmitted for review and approval by those departments who could not approve the first review.


After all departments have approved the permit, the applicant will be notified that the permit can be issued and what the final cost is. When the permit is issued, the applicant is given a set of the approved permit drawings along with a specific inspection list detailing which inspections need to be scheduled and their order.

Building & Trade Permits

After the building permit is issued, trade permit applications such as plumbing, electric, HVAC, gas, fire alarm or sprinkler can be submitted to the Building Department for approval. Except for Fire Alarm and Sprinkler permit applications, these permits are usually issued over the counter at the time the application is submitted. Fire Alarm and Sprinkler permits require drawings to be submitted for review with their application, and sometimes the other trade permits require additional drawings to be submitted as well. The building permit applicant will be notified if that is the case.

Permits & Inspections

When the permit is issued, the applicant is given a Certificate of Plan Approval along with a copy of the approved permit drawings. These drawings are required to be on site and available to the inspector for every inspection. The drawings will also have an inspection list attached to them clearly stating what inspections are required as well as their required order. After all final inspections have been approved and no further action is required, the final Certificate of Occupancy will be issued.