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Ohio Building Code Compliance
It is our mission to ensure fair, safe and equitable code enforcement for the structures in the unincorporated areas and contract jurisdictions within Allen County while providing quality customer service.

The Lima/ Allen County Building Department is responsible for enforcing in accordance with the Ohio Building Code and issuing Commercial Building Permits within the unincorporated townships of Allen County and four contract jurisdictions, including Beaverdam, Elida, Harrod and Lafayette. For the building permit process, the department coordinates the approvals required for the issuance of the building permit and the inspections that are required by the various agencies before the Certificate of Occupancy or a Certificate of Completion can be issued. Residential buildings in the Lima Community are enforced in accordance with the Residential Code of Ohio and issuance of the appropriate permits.

Open.jpgOffice Hours
M-F 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Inspectors are generally in the office between 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Requesting Inspections & Scheduling Meetings
Department staff are available in person, by phone and by email for conferences on code issues. Meetings can easily be arranged with the various agencies involved in the permit process if requested. Contact us with a question or concern.

Tracking Permits
All required permit approvals and inspections are tracked on the permit.jpgdepartment’s Franklin Information Systems software. Zoning Certificates from the local zoning authority are required before an application for a building permit can be approved. Anyone applying for a building permit may contact the department for help at the beginning of the process. The web based services accessible through Franklin Information Systems include:
  • Request an inspection on your permit
  • View inspection on your permit
  • View lot/address information
  • View permit information
  • View plan review information
  • View address information
  • Enter an Application for Garage Sale

Attorney General Moving Ohio Forward Grant
Moving Forward
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announces the launch of a new grant program to assist communities in their economic recovery by removing blighted or abandoned structures to reclaim our neighborhoods. Attorney General DeWine believes this is the first step in our housing recovery and is unique in devoting substantial resources to a demolition program. 
For more information, click HERE.

Fire Protection System Inspections

In collaboration with area Fire Chiefs, the City of Lima has Fire Systemsdeveloped guidelines for the inspection of Fire Protection Systems.

Additional Building and Permit Information

Contact Us
William Brown
Chief Building Official

Amy Harpster
Assistant Building Commissioner
(419) 221-5215

Building & Zoning Department
50 Town Square
Municipal Building, Second Floor
Lima, OH 45801
Ph: (419) 221-5243

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Inspectors are generally in office from:
8:00 am - 9:00 am