Building Permit

Permit Application (PDF)
Permit Application (fillable form)
Any structure to be built or structurally altered requires a building permit. Residential projects are handled by the Galion Building Department; commercial projects are handled by the Richland County Building Department. For residential projects, please fill out the building permit application provided above.

If in doubt about whether your work requires a building permit, please call the City Building and Zoning Office at 419-468-2642. You may send the completed form by:
  • Email to
  • Fax to 419-468-7137
  • Mail or drop off at the Building and Zoning Department, 115 Harding Way East

Residential examples requiring a building permit include home or garage construction, porch (wood or concrete), deck, room additions, and roof line changes. Outbuildings larger than 8 feet by 10 feet, such as detached garages or storage buildings, also require a building permit.

Residential structural alterations requiring a building permit include moving walls, moving or adding a doorway or window, or changing the width of any of these that require a new support header. Replacement windows do not require a permit. Do not touch any area around a meter until you contact the City Line Department at 419-468-5520. For remote meters, contact the City Utlity Department at 419-468-6611.

Retain your building permit during the entire construction or alteration process. Post it in a window visible from the street.

If your proposed activity does not conform to the zoning ordinance, you may submit an appeal for a variance to the Galion Board of Zoning Appeals secretary, Natasha Hatfield at 301 Harding Way East, Galion, Ohio 44833.



Inspections needed:
  • Footer (prior to pouring footer, placing poles or for trailer pads)
  • Rough-In (before insulation or walls are covered)
  • Final (upon completion, but before use or occupancy)
Note: It is your responsibility to call the city Building and Zoning Office at 419-468-2642 to arrange inspections at least 48 hours before footer and rough-in inspection is needed and at least 7 days before final inspection is needed.


Call Building and Zoning Department at 419-468-2642 for building permit fees.

Required for a Permit

  • Construction Plan
  • Site Plan
  • Material List

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