Engineering and Building Permits Q&A
What is a Building Permit?
A Building Permit is a license that grants legal permission to start construction of a building project. Permits allow code officials to protect the public safety and welfare.
When do I need a permit?
Residents who are interested in building or remodeling must obtain a permit before construction. This applies to any internal or external structural alteration or addition.
What projects need a permit?
Before starting any project, please contact us to see if you need a permit. Below are some common projects that require permits. There are other projects not listed that also require permits.
Basement Finish, Garages, Room Additions, Deck, Gazebo, Satellite Dish, Driveways, Hot Tub, Screened Porches, Electrical Work, New Home Construction, Sidewalk Replacement, Fence, Patios, Siding, Fire Restoration, Patio Enclosures, Storage Shed, Fireplace, Plumbing, Storm Restoration, Furnace Replacement, Roofing, Swimming Pools
How do I get a building permit?
Access our new online portal for all applications.
How do I pay for my permit?
All payments are handled through the online portal when you make an application.
How long will it take to approve my permit?
Most projects take two weeks for plan and zoning review unless otherwise specified. Once approved, you will be contacted to pick-up your plans.
What happens if I don’t get a zoning permit?
If you don’t get a zoning permit you can be cited for failing to comply with regulations and you can even be ordered to tear down the new structure you just built. But this can easily be avoided by getting a permit and working with the city’s planning and zoning commission.
How long is a zoning permit good for?
Most permits are good for one year, but you should confirm with the planning and zoning department.
What Inspections do I need for my project?
When your plans are approved and you receive your permit through the online portal you will receive a list of required inspections.
What if I hire a contractor to do my project?
Every contractor in Hilliard must be registered with the Building Department. To check if your contractor is registered, contact Hilliard 311. The homeowner is responsible for ensuring that contractor(s) complete any necessary permits and file them with the city.
What if I want to do the work myself?
Homeowners may do the work themselves on their residence. This does not include rental properties. Permits and inspections are still required. Obtain permits here.
Who do I call to have the utilities marked in my yard?
You can submit an online request with the Ohio Utilities Protection Service at www.oups.org/edig. Make sure to submit your request at least 48 hours (and no more than 10 days) before you start digging. The Ohio Utilities Protection Services is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
What needs an electrical permit?
Electrical permits are required for any new circuit or extension of an existing circuit including kitchen, bath, basement remodeling, swimming pools, hot tubs, ceiling fans and service updates.
How can I ensure the safety of all electrical installations?
Always obtain a permit so the work can be inspected.
I still have questions. Who should I contact?
If you can’t find what you’re looking for, call Hilliard 311.
Does the city maintain a list of registered sidewalk contractors?
Yes, the city provides a list of registered contractors, listed by trade. Concrete work falls under General.
Does the city maintain a list of registered sewer tappers?
Yes, the city provides a list of registered contractors, listed by trade. Sewer contractors are so indicated.
Do I need to get a plumbing permit?
Yes. You need a plumbing permit.
Who is responsible for sidewalk repairs?
The maintenance and repair of sidewalks is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner. The City will make the repairs of sidewalks when damage is caused by the roots of City-owned trees in the public right-of-way or defects caused by utilities. The City will also make any repairs necessary to curb ramps.
Who is responsible for driveway apron and gutter repair?
Access to your residence includes the driveway, sidewalk within the driveway, driveway apron and driveway gutter. The property owner is responsible for maintenance and repairs of all parts of the driveway access.