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LICKING COUNTY BUILDING CODE DEPARTMENT
675 Price Road
Newark, OH 43055
Phone: 740.349.6671
Fax: 740.349.6672
(directions)

Office Hours
7:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Closed on Holidays

Welcome to the Licking County Building Code Department Webpage

***ATTENTION - AS OF MARCH 17, 2020***

IN RESPONSE TO THE RAPIDLY CHANGING RECOMMENDATIONS AND MANDATES REGARDING COVID-19, THE LICKING COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THERE WILL BE  TEMPORARY RESTRICTED ACCESS TO PUBLIC OFFICES UNDER THEIR AUTHORITY, WHICH INCLUDES THE LICKING COUNTY BUILDING CODE DEPARTMENT.

AS A RESULT, OUR OFFICE HAS CREATED NEW, TEMPORARY PROCEDURES WITH THE GOAL OF LIMITING EXPOSURE FOR OUR OFFICE STAFF AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC.  PLEASE SEE THE ANNOUNCEMENT...

As directed by the Board of County Commissioners, the Licking County Building Code Department is now closed to general public foot traffic.  Our office staff is on site continuing to answering the phone, processing applications and permits, performing plan reviews, and performing site inspections.  It is our goal to continue serving the public while limiting the number of individuals who walk in and out of our shared office space in order to comply with the recommendations made by federal, state, and local agencies, as well as minimizing exposure between office staff and the public in general.  The following is a breakdown as to the temporary measures currently in place in order to achieve this goal:

 

  • Our walk-up counter is now closed to the general public.The door leading into our office is also closed.The space immediately outside our office door has multiple postings with directions relating to dropping off plans, scheduled appointments, and picking up/paying for permits.
  • Residential Projects -Appointments
    • Our office will continue to schedule plan review appointments for residential projects on a limited basis.
    • Appointments will only be scheduled for those projects that have all of the required documentation to obtain a permit, including a completed application, two sets of complete construction documents that includes all of the information listed on our Residential Plan Submission Checklist, and an approved zoning permit from the local zoning inspector.If the project is located within an un-zoned township, then documentation of approved well and septic permits must also be provided.
    • Projects that do not have all of the information listed on our Residential Plan Submission Checklist, or do not have approved zoning or well/septic permits, may still be submitted for review, but the submission must be dropped off in the box located outside of our office door.Appointments will not be scheduled for projects that do not have all of the required information or approvals that would allow for our permit to be issued the same day.
    • Instead of scheduling appointments on the hour throughout the morning, we will now schedule appointments in 90 minute increments in order to minimize the number of individuals waiting in our lobby.
  • Commercial Projects – Appointments
    • Appointments for review or consultation for commercial projects are not being offered at this time.
    • Submission of plans must be on a drop-off basis.
    • Questions or consultation regarding commercial plans must be done over the phone, through email, or through other means of communication.
  • Site Inspections
    • The process for scheduling inspections is unchanged.
    • Our office will continue to schedule inspections given that the following procedures are followed:
      • All approved construction documents and permits must be on site and readily accessible to the inspector.Our inspector will not search through job site trailers or office spaces for the necessary documents.
      • Project sites must be clear of any workers, employees, and general public.A single representative of the builder may be on site during the inspection to discuss any inspection issue.This is necessary to in order to comply with the recommendations made by federal, state, and local agencies, specifically to minimize exposure between our staff and multiple other individuals.
      • The only inspections where other multiple individuals may be present are those inspections involving commercial suppression systems, commercial fire alarm inspections, and commercial final inspections that must also be coordinated with other agencies.These inspections must be limited to one individual representing the contractor or trade work, and one individual representing each supervisory agency (such as the local fire department or fire marshal).
      • If the site has multiple individuals present on site, regardless if the individuals are involved with the construction of the building or working for the business, our inspector will not perform the inspection.
      • Final inspections for residential room additions, residential interior alterations, residential basement finishes, and residential HVAC replacements will not be performed at this time.This is necessary to protect from exposure between our staff and the individuals living in these occupied dwellings.These inspection requests will be recorded by our office staff, and once the decision is made that our office may return to normal operating procedures, we will contact each project to schedule the inspection.
      • Please understand that under these temporary procedures if a particular project has a number of individuals on site, or the inspection involves work within an occupied dwelling, it does not mean that you no longer need to request an inspection.An inspection must still be performed either when the number of individuals on site is reduced, or when the limits on exposure is relieved by the appropriate agency.

 

Needless to say, this is a very unique time for all of us.  We are striving to create a careful balance of serving the public while limiting any unnecessary exposure between our office staff and the general public, and even between the general public itself who find themselves together in our shared office space.  This is also a very fluid process we are undertaking.  Procedures may rapidly change as additional recommendations and mandates are made.  Our office will continually look at these temporary measures we are announcing today to see where they can be improved upon.  We also promise to share any changes made in our operating procedures as quickly as possible.  We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience created and appreciate your understanding as we all navigate through this together.

 

Sincerely,

Troy Warnock

Building Code Administrator

Licking County Building Code Department


 

The Licking County Building Code Department is responsible for the enforcement of building codes for all residential and commercial projects throughout the majority of Licking County. We are located in the lower east wing of 675 Price Rd., Newark (old TB Sanitarium). Our office hours are 7:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. Our office phone number is (740) 349-6671; our office fax number is (740) 349-6672.

If you are interested in performing a residential project, you may need a permit from our office. For a list of residential projects that do or do not require a permit, please see the "Summary of residential work that does or does not require approval" document under the Applications and Forms menu. If you are not sure if a permit is required, please contact our office.

Before applying for a permit from our office, you must first obtain a Zoning Certificate from your local Zoning Inspector. If your project is located in a township that does not have zoning enforcement, you must obtain approval from the Licking County Health Department. There are some jurisdictions that have additional notification requirements. Our office has information packets regarding those jurisdictions available in our office and on this website under the “Additional Forms” drop-down menu. For information regarding whom to contact for zoning approval, please click on the “Zoning Contact List” available under Building/Development tab located on the main page.

To submit for a building permit, please provide a completed Application, a copy of the Zoning Certificate (or Health Department Approval for areas without zoning) and construction plans and specifications for the project. If your project is residential, you must submit at least two complete sets of construction plans and specifications. If your project if commercial, you must submit at least three complete sets of construction plans and specifications.

For further explanation of the above, or additional information, please select the appropriate drop-down box located above. These attachments include an Application for Permit, Fee Schedule, various checklists and procedures for obtaining permits and plan approvals, and supplemental handouts that you may find useful.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Permit Inquiry

You may search our electronic application and permit information for a specific address be clicking on the link below. Please note that it may take up to one business day for applications and permits to be viewed. Should you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

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