Building Department

The Fayette County Building Department is the jurisdictional authority for commercial construction within Fayette County, Ohio, and residential construction located outside the City of Washington Court House, Ohio.

The Fayette County Building Department enforces the 2017 Ohio Building Code for commercial construction and the 2019 Residential Code of Ohio for residential construction. The establishment of these codes is to create uniform minimum requirements for the erection, construction, repair, alteration, and maintenance of buildings. These requirements relate to the conservation of energy, safety, and sanitation of buildings for their intended use and occupancy.

Permits are issued for new construction, additions, and alterations to existing buildings, signs, solar panel installations, demolition, and other work being completed. Please contact the Fayette County Building Department prior to the start of a construction project and we will work with you through the process of obtaining the necessary construction permits.

Our Mission

is to maintain the highest level of public safety and customer service in the administration of building construction code enforcement. The Fayette County Building Department is responsible for providing residents of the county with a safe environment in which to live, work and raise families. This is accomplished by enforcing building codes to protect people from the hazards of unsafe construction.


The Fayette County Building Department is certified by the State of Ohio to enforce building codes of the:

  • Ohio Building Code
  • Ohio Residential Code
  • Ohio Manufacturing Home Commission

Certified Inspectors

  • Building Officials
  • Building Inspectors
  • Electrical Safety Inspectors
  • Plumbing Inspectors
  • Manufactured Home Inspectors


Fayette County's Building Department is responsible for the enforcement of the residential building codes county-wide, except in the City of Washington Court House. We are also responsible for enforcing the commercial building code county wide including the City of Washington Court House.

It is the responsibility of our building department staff to review construction plans and ensure that proposed projects meet all applicable codes, issue all required permits, conduct inspections throughout the construction process, and ensure that projects are constructed in accordance with approved plans and in a manner that complies with code regulations.