Building Department

Ohio Building Code Compliance

It is our mission to protect the customer's life, investment, health and welfare by providing quality service through communication, education and assisting customers in compliance with the Ohio Codes.

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 one-, two- and three-family dwellings within the City of Lima Corporation Limits "only" are enforced in accordance with Residential Code of Ohio and issuance of the appropriate permits.

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Office 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. Email the Building Department with a question or concern.

International Code Council Building Safety Month

In May 2019, The City of Lima is participated in the Building Safety Month39th annual Building Safety Month, a worldwide campaign presented by the International Code Council, its members & partners to promote building safety.

First observed in 1980, Building Safety Month raises awareness about critical safety issues from structural to fire prevention, plumbing and mechanical systems, and energy efficiency.

Building codes and the officials who enforce them are making our families and communities safer and more resilient. Homes and buildings that are built in compliance with building safety codes result in resilient structures that minimize the risks of death, injury and property damage. In the wake of a disastrous hurricane season, rampant wildfires and devastating earthquakes, building safety is even more important. Building safety affects everyone, and modern, updated building codes save lives.

"When our building safety and fire prevention experts inspect buildings and review construction plans to ensure code compliance, they help to ensure the places where you live, work and play are safe," said Amy Harpster, Chief Building Official for the Lima-Allen County Building Department.  "We work closely with homebuilders, contractors, design professionals, and other industry trades to provide for the public safety of our community."  

Building codes have protected the public for thousands of years. The earliest known code of law—the Code of Hammurabi, king of the Babylonian Empire, written circa 2200 B.C.—assessed severe penalties, including death, if a building was not constructed safely. The regulation of building construction in the United States dates back to the 1700s. In the early-1900s, the insurance industry and others with similar concerns developed the first model building code.

Today, the International Codes, developed by the Code Council and adopted by our community, are the most widely used and adopted set of building safety codes in the U.S. and around the world.

CONTRACTOR DESIGN, CODE & PERMITTING INFORMATION

  1. Contractor Registration
  2. Residential Information
  3. Commercial Information
  4. Electronic Plan Review
  5. Video Inspection Remote (VIR)

Contractor Registration 

To register as a Contractor within the City of Lima, the following requirements shall be met:

1. A copy of a valid, un-expired State of Ohio contractors License (HVAC, Electrical, Etc). This requirement does not apply to building contractors. 

2. Certificate of Liability Insurance in the amount of $300,000.00 listing the City of Lima as the holder of the certificate. 

3. Copy of Workers Compensations Certificate. 

4. Registration with the City of Lima Tax Department. 

5. Completed Application. 

6. Payment of a 50.00 (per trade) non-refundable 

Contractor Application

  1. Tracking Permits
  2. Garage Sale Permits
  3. Fire Protection
  4. Planning Code

Tracking PermitsBuilding Permit

All required permit approvals and inspections are tracked on the department'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