What are the different types of permits?
The Community Development Department issues residential building permits and zoning certificates for one, two, and three family homes. We issue zoning certificates for buildings containing four or more dwelling units and non-residential buildings. Sign and public area excavation permits are also issued by the Community Development Department.

Buildings containing four or more dwelling units and non-residential buildings are considered “commercial” buildings. The Hamilton County Building Department regulates and issues building permits for these properties on behalf of the City of Wyoming. For questions about commercial building permits, contact Hamilton County at (513) 946-4550 or click here.

When is a Zoning Certificate or Building Permit required?
Permits are not required for improvements such as painting, wallpapering, carpeting, tiling or other “cosmetic” projects, or for planting or removing trees and shrubs on private property. Examples of work requiring a zoning and/or building permit include, but are not limited to:

  • New construction of one, two, and three family homes;
  • Structural changes to existing buildings, including cutting away of, adding, or otherwise altering any partition or wall;
  • Construction or alteration of a room addition, garage, carport, shed, deck, or gazebo;
  • Demolition of a principal structure and certain accessory structures;
  • Finishing or remodeling of a basement or other unfinished space;
  • Installation or replacement of a furnace, air conditioner, wood burning stove, fireplace, or other similar mechanical equipment;
  • Installation of new doors or windows;
  • Grading, filling, excavation, or any significant change in the grade of property;
  • Replacement of a roof or roof covering, including significant repair;
  • Solar panel installation;
  • Driveway installation or replacement;
  • Installation of a fence, wall, retaining wall, or patio;
  • Installation of signage;
  • Installation of an above or in-ground swimming pool;
  • Adding drain lines for gutters or yard/area drains; and
  • Any work done within the City rights-of-way.

There are additional requirements if a property is located in the Village Historic District and/or is on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information, view the Historic Preservation Commission page here.

If you are certain that you will need to request a variance or wish to appeal a zoning decision, click here to be directed to the Board of Zoning Appeals page.

How do I obtain a Building Permit and/or Zoning Certificate?
To apply for a zoning certificate (residential or commercial properties), residential building permit, or a sign permit, click here to download the application. Our permit application is a universal form for all project types, with the exception of work done in the public right-of-way. If you are doing work in the public right-of way involving the public sidewalk, driveway apron, curb cut, street cut, or for any work involving public areas click here to download a Public Area Excavation application.

Permit applications for projects except interior work, typically require a survey-based site plan to ensure zoning requirements are met. Site plans must include the location of survey monumentation and the distance the improvement is from the property line.

The documents required to accompany the application vary depending on the specific type of project. Smaller projects may only require the submission of a written explanation of the project, while additions or structural alterations require a more comprehensive set of documents. All projects requiring a building permit must demonstrate it meets the provisions of the Residential Code of Ohio.

Permit applications must be accompanied with the following (unless a narrative is sufficient):

  • Interior work: three (3) sets of construction drawings
  • Exterior work: three (3) sets of construction drawings and three (3) copies of a survey-based site plan

Fees and charges for the various permits are as provided in the Fee Schedule. Permit fees are collected after an application is approved, but prior to permit issuance (no application fee is required). Once a permit is issued, work on the approved project can begin.

The property owner is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the proper permit(s) are obtained regardless of their agreement with their builder/contractor. Owners should always make sure all of the necessary building and/or zoning permits are obtained and had the required inspections. For more information about inspections, click here.

For more information on the permitting process, please view frequently asked questions here. If there are additional questions, please contact Community Development staff at (513) 821-7600.

Residential Code of Ohio
The City of Wyoming administers the 2019 Residential Code of Ohio in accordance with the rules that have been adopted by the Ohio Board of Building Standards which regulates residential construction throughout the State. Ohio Codes are available to the public at the BBS website. Click on the “Codes” tab at the top of the page and follow the prompts. General questions regarding the Residential Code of Ohio may be directed to the Community Development Department at 513-821-7600.

Plumbing & Electrical Permits
Plumbing and electrical permits are required when a project involves these trades. Please contact the following agencies to obtain applications, schedule inspections, or if you have any questions as to the necessity of these permits.

For plumbing permits contact the Hamilton County Public Health Department, 250 William Howard Taft, Cincinnati, OH 45219, phone number (513)946-7800. Click here to be connected to their website.

For electric permits, contact the Inspection Bureau Incorporated, 250 E. Court Street, Suite 125, Cincinnati, OH 45202, phone number (513)381-6080. Click here to be connected to their website.

Private Sewage Treatment Systems
Properties with septic and other private sewer systems are required to observe specific regulations to ensure that these systems are properly maintained, adequately sized, and sufficiently distanced from the home and other improvements. When owners of these properties are contemplating any changes to the footprint of their homes, adding bedrooms in their existing home, or performing certain improvements, the Hamilton County Public Health District must inspect the system and approve the plans before Wyoming can approve a permit. For a list of properties with private sewage treatment systems in Wyoming, or to determine whether your home is connected to a private sewage treatment system, click here. If your property is on the list, please contact the Hamilton County Public Health District at (513) 946-7871 to discuss the regulations and the review/approval process.

Call Before You Dig
The Ohio Utilities Protection Service (OUPS) is the federally-mandated national “Call Before You Dig” number, 811. Constructing an addition? Planting a tree? Installing a mailbox? 811 is the number you need to call before you begin any digging. It’s a free service and it is the law. For more information, visit the website at www.call811.com.

Additional Information
Energy Conservation Software – Energy Conservation Software for residential buildings (ResCheck) may be downloaded from the US Department of Energy.

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