The Ohio Board of Building Standards (OBBS) has made changes to the scope and application of the Building Codes in Ohio effective on July 1, 2019.
Section 101.2 of the 2018 Ohio Building Code (OBC) and the 2019 Residential Code of Ohio (RCO) the Ohio Board of Building Standards has been changed to EXCLUDE 23 different types of projects, the two most common are:
Manufactured Homes: includes New, Additions, Alterations & Repairs; and Electric or Gas utility connections.
Agricultural Buildings: Buildings used for agricultural purposes as Issued by local Zoning Department (including Electrical Inspections)The Clermont County Building Inspection Department does not have authority from the State of Ohio to Approve or Inspect any Building, Mechanical, Electric or Fire Protection work which is EXEMPT from APPROVAL.
PERMIT CENTRAL’S GOAL IS ONE STOP AND ONE APPLICATION
The centralization of a one-stop shop continues to become more and more efficient. At 2275 Bauer Road, only one application is required for building, electric, mechanical, water management & sediment control (WMSC), sewer, water, driveways, sidewalks, frontage, fire protection and floodway permits. The Public Health District, still a separate entity which was relocated in 1996 to Bauer Road, continues to issue permits for items such as plumbing, on-site septic, and food service.
In 1997, Clermont County’s Permit Central/Building Inspection Department was selected by the Governor’s Office, as a pilot site for a statewide task force to simplify the permitting and development process for the citizens of the State of Ohio. The creation of a “No Wrong Door” operation is the goal of this task force.
The Clermont County Building Inspection Department is certified by the State of Ohio to regulate all residential and commercial building construction in Clermont County, including all Villages. The Department is also is certified to regulate all commercial building construction in Brown County, including most Villages (except for Russellville & Hamersville).
The Building Inspection Department administers the Ohio Building Code (non-residential) and the Residential Code of Ohio (residential). The department reviews construction documents, issues permits and provides inspections on all building, mechanical and electrical systems, including fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems. Its purpose is to provide uniform minimum standards and requirements for the erection, construction, repair, alteration and maintenance of buildings, as they relate to the conservation of energy, safety, and sanitation of buildings for their intended use and occupancy.
Safety a mandate
The department plays an important role in enforcing building codes to allow safe construction of various building types and sizes. The importance of building codes, their regulation and enforcement, is often overlooked until a catastrophic fire or other construction-related tragedy draws attention to a structure. On a regular basis, the Clermont County Building Department ensures that buildings in the Clermont County community are safe, healthy and accessible places to work, play and live by reviewing building plans, issuing building permits and inspecting buildings during various construction stages.