Site Plan/Plot Plan
Certificate of Occupancy
A permit is required for the following projects:
To meet code requirements, and for the protection and safety of the occupants.
Do I need a permit for a fence? Do I need a fence around a swimming pool?
Check with the local zoning office for the designated area (township or village). A building permit is not required for residential sites.
Residential Construction: (2) sets of drawings are required. The drawings should consist of a cross-section and floor plans.
For commercial construction, you need (4) sets of sealed drawings consisting of a cross-section, ADA requirements, floor plan, elevations, energy calculations, electrical and HVAC, plumbing, fire suppression/alarm.
Do I need drawings for fire alarms, range hoods, sprinkler systems?
Yes, (4) sets of drawings are required.
What is it and how many do I need?
The same amount of drawings are needed for a site plan as indicated for residential or commercial drawings. Your site plan/plot plan should show the following:
Do all site plans need to be sealed?
The following will require a plot plan as described above, but will not require certification by a registered Professional Engineer or Surveyor.
How long does it take for plan approval?
Residential: (5) Business Days – A Plan Review List is used and if corrections need to be made to your plans, your plans will need to be revised and re-submitted for plan review.
Commercial: (10) Business Days – Plan Review is made and if corrections need to be made to your plans, a correction letter is sent to the owner/contractor indicating the corrections that need to be made. Your plans will need to be revised and re-submitted for plan review.
How soon can I move into my new residence?
After you have passed all of your final inspections, the owner will be issued a “Certificate of Occupancy”.
NO OCCUPANCY IS APPROVED UNTIL THE CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY OR A CONDITIONAL CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY IS ISSUED.
CONTACT THE OFFICE TO REQUEST A CONDTIONAL CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY.
Zoning Approval – You will need Zoning Approval from the respective jurisdiction you’re building the structure in (village or township). A copy of your Zoning Certificate/Approval is to be filed with our department.
Do I need a permit for a structure that is zoned as agricultural?
No, as long as the structure is not to be used primarily as a retail or commercial structure, and the Building Inspection Department receives a copy of a letter of approval from zoning designating that the structure being built is being used in conjunction with the agricultural use of the land. If an electric service is being installed on the building, then an electrical permit is required.
When do I need to call for an inspection?
When the stage of construction you’re working on is complete. Inspections must be called for by 4:00 p.m. the business day before the inspection is to be scheduled.
What type of inspections are required?
It depends on the type of construction you are performing. You could have the following: footer, slab, crawl, rough building, insulation, electric or mechanical, trench, fireplace, temporary pole, electrical service release, electric for a sump pump, final building, insulation, electric or mechanical, fire suppression testing, driveway, sidewalk, sewer lateral, WMSC (Water Management & Sediment Control).
What is the Frost Line for this area?
The frost line is 30 inches below grade.
How deep should a trench be for underground wiring?
The depth of a trench should be 24 inches to the top of the cable, and 26 inches to the bottom of the cable. Red, electrical caution tape is to be placed 12 inches above the wire.
How deep should the cable be under asphalt/concrete (driveways, sidewalks)?
The depth of the cable under asphalt/concrete should be 24 inches. The cable shall be protected in pipe (PVC or rigid).
Who checks on chemical problems?
Your local fire department, the Clermont County General Health District, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
When are the inspectors available for questions about my plans, my inspection(s)?
Our inspectors are typically in the office, and available to speak to the public, between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. each morning. After completing their routes, Inspectors are available in the afternoon generally around 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.