Building Department

Before You Build, Remodel or Open a Business

A building permit represents the City’s authorization to begin construction. Building permits are required for demolition, repairs, and remodeling. Each permit has its own specific guidelines, which can be obtained from the Building Department information desk.

Building permits may take up to five weeks for processing and approval after the correct drawings have been filed. For less involved projects, the review process takes considerably less time. An advanced permit can be issued upon request to authorize early construction starts when time is of a priority. 

Building permit fees are specific to each case. At the Building Department information desk, a list and description of each fee can be obtained. Most common permits are:

  • Driveway Concrete / Asphalt
  • Fence
  • Garage
  • Roof
  • Replacing a hot water tank

Building Plan Review

The City is now able to review plans submitted in digital format. General instructions:

  • Plans must be submitted as a PDF or digital link.  
  • All sheets in a file must be the same size. If different size sheets are a part of the submittal, please submit separate files. 
  • Drawings may be emailed or a link sent for download, depending on file size, to 
  • Drawings will be reviewed and digitally stamped. The drawings or a link for download, depending on file size, will be emailed to the applicant.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to print the drawings and have them available at the job site for review by the inspector.

Working with a Contractor

All contractors working in Whitehall are required to have proper registration issued by the City of Whitehall. If you need to hire a contractor, we recommend you ask to see their registration when you receive their estimate. City of Whitehall code prohibits any contractor that does not have a City of Whitehall Registration to work within the City limits. It is the contractor’s responsibility to obtain the required permit(s) before they start work on your project. If you are in doubt whether a contractor is properly registered or if the required permits were obtained, call the City Building Department at 614-237-8612 for verification. DO NOT make any final payment until the final inspection has been signed off on your permit.

Scheduling & Requirements

To schedule an inspection call 614-237-8612.

All inspection calls received before 3 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) are scheduled for the next business day, except for life safety inspections, which require a 48-hour business day prior notice.

Certificate Of Occupancy

Before you open a new business, you are required to complete an Occupancy Permit. Call the Building Department at (614) 237-8612 to identify the zoning classification and the allowed uses. This will verify that the zoning for your business is allowed in the location you have chosen.

Once it is determined that zoning is correct, the completed Occupancy Permit will generate a safety inspection by our Building and Fire departments to make certain that the space is in compliance with current building codes. You should verify the zoning is correct before signing a lease.