Before you apply


Application and submission requirements

  • Apply online or download, print, complete and submit the Application for Building, Zoning, and Related Permits (version 3.5 August 20, 2020).
  • Applicants must provide electronic building plans, or six printed sets if dropped off or mailed, and they must be no larger than 24”x36”. In most cases, plans must be signed by a design professional licensed in Ohio.
  • If your project also includes a new or replacement sign, you must include a Sign Permit Application in addition to the Application for Building, Zoning, and Related Permits from above.
  • If you are demolishing a structure, see our demolition page.
  • Apply online or drop off or send application(s) and building plans to the Community Development Department, 15 South College Avenue, Oxford, OH, 45056.

Resubmittals or Revisions

You must provide a cover letter or memo when submitting resubmittals or revisions and it should explain what has changed. If you do not provide this information we may dispose of the plans after seven days.


Review process

  • If all building code standards are met and no revisions are required, the review process typically takes two to three weeks.


Permit issuance

Payment & pickup

  • Someone from the Community Development Department will contact you when the permit is approved and ready for pickup and will give you the total fees due.
  • We accept cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover. You can pay with credit card over the phone and all forms in-person, but we do not accept payments online at this time.



  • Occupancy cannot take place until the project is completed and the Certificate of Occupancy and Certificate of Code Compliance are issued.