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What is a building permit?

A building permit is a license which grants legal permission to start construction of a building Building Foundationproject.  It allows the enforcement of the codes which have been adopted as law by a state, county, township or city to protect the public health, safety and welfare.  A permit also provides the means for Code Officials to inspect construction to ensure that minimum standards are met and appropriate materials are used. 
Building permits are required for the following:
  • All new construction
  • Additions
  • Alterations
  • Alterations involving structural members
  • Garages, carports, and other accessory structures (sheds, etc)
  • Fences and decks
  • Fire damage repairs of any nature
  • Wrecking
  • Moving buildings
  • Swimming pools
  • New or replacement furnaces, air conditioners
  • New or alteration or additions to an existing plumbing installation
  • New or alteration or additions to an existing electrical installation
  • Antennas (cell towers)
  • Change or use of occupancy
  • All roofing/reroofing and second layer needs a permit as well
  • New or alterations to slabs, steps, sidewalk, driveways, driveway extensions
  • New or replacement building mechanical service equipment
  • Tents
  • Signs
  • All new siding and replacement siding and new or replacement exterior finishes

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Additional Building PermitsBuilding Permit ApplicationsBuilding Consultation & Special Services
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Rafic Nakouzi,
Building Department Director
1201 W Kemper Rd
Forest Park, OH 45240
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