Building and Zoning Department
The Building Department is fully certified by the State of Ohio to approve and inspect all commercial and residential construction. Regulation is achieved through bonding of contractors and the issuance of permits.
Permits are required for air conditioning and heating units, electrical and plumbing work, construction (additions to buildings and remodeling - which are further subject to approval by the Architectural Review Board or Design Consultant before a construction permit can be issued), demolition of structures, driveways, fences, yard light installation, sidewalks, swimming pools and hot tubs.
Viewpoint Online Permitting System
Permit requests, inspections, and contractor registration is hosted through Viewpoint Cloud.
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Agendas, minutes, and recordings of zoning meetings can be found on our website at www.bexley.org/meetings. Agendas for upcoming meetings are posted a few days before the meeting.
Site and building plans, along with supporting documents and exhibits, are kept on our Public Documents page, under the 'Board of Zoning Appeals and Planning' folder. To view these documents, visit www.bexley.org/public-documents.
Permits are required for air conditioning and heating units, electrical and plumbing work, construction (additions to buildings and remodeling - which are further subject to approval by the Architectural Review Board or Design Consultant before a construction permit can be issued), demolition of structures, driveways, fences, yard light installation, sidewalks, swimming pools and hot tubs. For permit applications, please click here.
Contractors working in the City are required to be registered with the City of Bexley. For contractor registration, please click here.
If you need to schedule an on-site inspection, please call the Building and Zoning Department at (614) 559-4240. Please note that inspections only occur on Wednesdays and Fridays.
The Architectural Review Board meets the 2nd Thursday of each month. Applications are due four (4) weeks prior to the meeting date of choice. We recess in December.
The Board of Zoning and Planning meets the 4th Thursday of each month. The applications are due six (6) weeks prior to the meeting of choice, in cases which require a recommendation from the Architectural Review Board for the Board of Zoning and Planning. We recess in December.
You can submit the Board Review plans electronically and provide only 3 sets of your plans to the office before the meeting date deadline. Submit your plans online by clicking the File a Permit button above. On your application, please indicate the meeting date you are attending so we can save your documents correctly.
Incomplete applications you will be advised are subject to removal from the an agenda until the application is complete. If this is the case, you will be contacted directly.
Category 1: Minor Exterior Changes
Updated July 2021
Principal or accessory structures in residential districts are subject to review and approval by the Residential Design Consultant and/or the Zoning Officer. Theses types of applications do not need board approval. There are two types of minor architectural review applications (MA), depending on the work you are doing to your structure:
MA #1: New roof, windows, and siding
MA #2: Decks and garages
Category 2: Major Exterior Changes
Updated July 2021
Principal structure changes including additions, porch enclosures, demolitions and new single-family dwellings are all subject to the Architectural Review Board (ARB) approval. Recommendation to and review and approval by the Board of Zoning and Planning–in the case of a Variance, Special Use, or Conditional Use requests–by submitting a Board of Zoning Appeals and Planning (BZAP) Review Application.
Community Planning is accomplished by the Building Department. The Zoning Officer and the City Planner work closely with the Bexley Architectural Review Board and Board of Zoning and Planning to guide the community. Commercial development is regulated by Design Guidelines that requires all changes to the exterior of a property to meet the guidelines reviewed by the Architectural Review Board, and meet the zoning code reviewed by the Board of Zoning and Planning.
The Building and Zoning Department is responsible for enforcing the Building Maintenance Code. This code establishes a minimum standard that structures and exterior property are to meet. Code Enforcement Officers routinely inspect the city to ensure compliance. For an overview of the City's Property Code and Code Enforcement function, please visit the Code Enforcement Overview page.
Zoning Map of Bexley
The map below is an interactive map hosted through ArcGIS software. Click on an individual parcel of land to learn how it's currently zoned.