Building Permits

Obtaining a Permit


To obtain a City of Fairfield building permit, complete the Building Permit Application form. Submit the completed application, along with drawings and submittals required for your project, to:
Building and Zoning Division
5350 Pleasant Avenue
Fairfield, OH 45014

*Certain permits may be obtained exclusively through the U.S. mail, without having to physically visit the Building and Zoning Division office. Contact us at 513-867-5318 for more information.

Permit Fees


Building permit fees can be obtained on the Fee Schedule page.

Projects Requiring A Building Permit or Zoning Certificate


Building permits are required for the following projects:
  • Above ground and in-ground swimming pools of 18 inches or more in depth
  • Attached or detached garages
  • Building additions
  • Building remodeling
  • Decks/porches, learn more by viewing the Decks and Porches page
  • Driveways (both a zoning certificate and a curb cut / driveway apron permit are required)
  • Fences
  • New residential construction
  • New roofs and re-roofs
  • Radio and TV antennas
  • Retaining walls
  • Satellite dishes greater than 1 meter in diameter
  • Sheds or storage buildings
  • Siding
  • Solar Panels
  • Window or door replacements
Emerald Lake Reserve Signs

Projects Requiring An Electrical Permit


Electrical work must be installed by an electrical contractor registered in Fairfield, with the following exception: The owner-occupant of a single family dwelling house may, with the assistance of any member of his/her family or household, personally perform in his/her house, any work governed by the codes without a license, providing that the owner obtains a permit and calls for the appropriate inspections.

Electrical permits are required for the following projects:
  • Electric and bonding for new in-ground and above ground swimming pools
  • New building service
  • New circuit breaker panels
  • New electrical circuits
  • New lamp posts, etc.
  • Reconnecting of heating and air conditioning appliances when replaced
  • Replacement of main service disconnects or circuit breakers
  • Replacement or repair of building service

Projects Requiring an HVAC Permit


With the exception of gas lines, heating and air conditioning work must be installed by a heating and air conditioning contractor registered in Fairfield, with the following exception: The owner-occupant of a single family dwelling house may, with the assistance of any member of his/her family or household, personally perform in his/her house, any work governed by the codes without a license, providing that the owner obtains a permit and calls for the appropriate inspections.

HVAC permits are required for the following projects: 
  • Adding gas lines to an existing system
  • Alteration or addition of duct work
  • New electric or gas heating and air conditioning equipment
  • New gas line installations
  • New hot water heating systems
  • Replacement of existing gas lines
  • Replacement of heating and air conditioning equipment
  • Replacement of hot water heating systems

Projects Not Requiring a Permit


Projects under $300 usually do not require a permit, providing the project does not involve the removal of a wall, supporting beam or change of entry/exit. The following projects do not require a permit from the City of Fairfield:
  • Landscaping
  • New carpeting
  • Painting
  • Satellite dishes less than 1 meter in diameter
  • Storm or screen doors/windows