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Building Department

Effective June 13, 2011 the Ohio Department of Industrial Relations, Board of Building Standards, granted Franklin Township the authority to enforce the Ohio Building Code (OBC).  The OBC regulates all construction types and uses except for residential one-, two- and three-family structures. 


For all items inspected by the Building Department, the applicant must provide an APPROVED Zoning Compliance document issued by the Franklin County Economic Development and Planning Department (see link to forms below), four sets of documents, and a non-refundable deposit of $225.00.  Fees are due and payable upon receipt of approved plans or notice during construction.  All deposits and fees are to be paid by check made payable to “Franklin Township Building Department”.


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Announcements, Information and Forms:

·         Press Release – Franklin Township Building Department set to begin operations!

·         Downloadable version of Franklin Township Building Fee Schedule

·         Application for Plan Review and Building Permit

·         Franklin County Economic Development and Planning Department forms

·         Franklin County Economic Development and Planning Department Fee Schedule

·         For questions regarding Franklin County zoning approvals and fees call;

614-525-3094 or 614-525-4879 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F


Franklin Township Building Fee Schedule:

Part 1 – Plan Examination Fee:  Plan Examination Fee will be assessed according to the following schedule and will cover the cost of plan review by the plan examiner: $75.00 / hour plus $100.00 Township Administration Fee

Part 2 – Permit Fees: New Buildings, Additions, and Renovations

1.          Permits for new buildings, additions, and renovations to existing building shall be issued to include only the work shown on the approved plans or specifications.

2.          Fees for the new buildings, additions and/or renovations to existing buildings shall be based on floor or surface area to be computed as follows:

a.             All floor or surface areas including garage, and basement and floors measured to the outside dimensions at each floor level.

b.            Crawl spaces and attic areas shall not be included.

c.             In buildings or areas where there are not walls, the area enclosed by the outside dimensions of the supporting columns shall be included.

d.            In buildings or areas where a roof is supported by a single row of columns, the horizontal projected area of the roof shall be included.

e.            Square footage fee schedule applies to areas of work for addition and renovation projects.



Base Charge Fee

Plus Each 100 s.f.







Sprinkler / Fire- suppression



HVAC / Refrigeration





$5.20 per device


Plus $100.00 Township Administration Fee

Minor (Minimum) Permit Fee:  Renovation in areas less than 100 s.f. for building or where a limited amount of work is to be performed for:


less than 100 s.f.



Includes foundation, electrical and final inspection



Less than 6 fixtures/devices



Less than 6 fixtures/devices or tying into existing ductwork



Part 3 – Miscellaneous Fees:


Occupancy (Commercial)

A requested inspection for the purpose of checking for compliance with, or changing the Use Group or occupancy of an existing commercial building with no work proposed which would otherwise require a building permit.



Annual Inspections

Where an inspection is required by the State, the County or the Township.



After-Hours Inspections

Per hour and per Inspector

  $250.00 / Hr.


Penalty Fee

Assessed when building, electrical, heating or refrigeration work commences without a permit.

Permit fee X 4



Per occurrence



Inspection Card

Replacement of card




Per permit, per transfer.



Permit Renewal

After one-year



Preliminary Plan Review

Per hour



Certificates of Occupancy



Final certificate is due and payable with Commercial building permit fee




60-Day Temporary Certificate of Occupancy






Temporary Electric Service



Any and All Applicable State Fees





Links to Additional Informational Web Pages

Asebrook & Co.

Architects / Inspectors