Certified Building & Zoning

building inspection
The Certified Building and Zoning Department is currently enforcing the following Building Codes, the 2013 Residential Code of Ohio (RCO) and the 2017 Ohio Building Code (OBC). Free online editions can be viewed at the following link :


Paper copies can be obtained through the International Code Council at 888-422-7233 or visiting the International Code Council website.
COVID-19 Update

​We are currently open to the public and practicing social distancing. The number of people allowed at the counter may be limited to 2 customers at a time.​You may call our office at 740-687-6649 to obtain additional information concerning permits, plan review, inspections, zoning, sign permits, Historic Lancaster Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Tax Abatements and other permits handled through our office.  You may also email Geoff Davis at gdavis@ci.lancaster.oh.us for additional information

When Do I Need a Building Permit?

A building permit represents the City of Lancaster’s authorization to begin construction. Most work involving new construction or remodeling requires a building permit. Work classified as maintenance does not. If you are erecting, constructing, enlarging, adding to, altering, repairing, replacing, moving or maintaining a building, structure, or building service equipment, you must obtain a permit before work begins. Learn about when permits are not required (PDF) with this printable document.

All forms and applications can be obtained in person, can be faxed to you by request or you can download all forms online.

A rezoning application has been received for the Timbertop area on North Columbus Street.  For more information see the Timbertop Rezoning Page.