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Building Inspection

Welcome to the Building Inspection Division

The Building Inspection Division has the responsibility to insure all residential construction meets all local and state building codes. The Building Inspection Division is the City of Defiance's "insurance" to quality building.

Contractors must be registered by the City. Since the term "contractor" includes "sub-contractor", they cannot legally work under a "homeowner" permit unless they are doing work for which a permit is not required (i.e., floor tile work under the owner's bathroom remodel permit). Homeowners need not be registered to obtain a permit to personally perform work upon their established residence, provided that it is a single-, two-, or three-family property. They may not, however, make any connection to a public utility system (sewer or water line hook-ups).

Inspections are a part of the permit process. All work for which a permit is required must be inspected to ensure it meets code. Electrical, plumbing and heating work must be inspected prior to enclosure in walls, floors, or ceilings. It is also a good idea to have the final inspection made before final payment to a contractor. As the Contractor, you can set up the appointment for inspection by calling the Building Department at (419) 784-2195, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  Please call 48-hours prior to the requested inspection.

AGAIN, IF IN DOUBT, CONTACT THE BUILDING DEPARTMENT

It is the Property Owner's responsibility, ultimately, to see that permits are obtained. Either the Contractor or the Property Owner may purchase the permits from the Building Department, at the City Service Building, 631 Perry Street, Suite 101, Defiance. If your work is being contracted, in most cases, the contractor should obtain the permit(s) - this can be made clear in your contract. Permits must be posted during the period of construction.

Information on Building Department Requirements

PLEASE BE SURE YOU, OR YOUR CONTRACTOR, CHECK WITH THE BUILDING DEPARTMENT BEFORE STARTING ANY REPAIR OR CONSTRUCTION WORK. They can be reached at (419) 784-2195.

Building permits are required for the following:

To demolish, alter or make major repairs to any existing building structure, or any portion of that structure, or to build any new structure/addition. New roof coverings, window replacements, new siding (except small areas of replacement), decks, new steps (or rebuilding steps), all require permits.

To do any electrical (other than minor fixture replacements), plumbing, heating, or air conditioning work.

To do any concrete work involving replacement or any paving work (brick walls, etc).

In general, permits are required for most construction activities except minor repairs, exterior/interior painting, gutters and downspouts installations.

AGAIN, IF IN DOUBT, CONTACT THE BUILDING DEPARTMENT

All construction debris must be removed from the premises and taken to an appropriate landfill. The City's Service Department will not pick up construction debris. This should be a part of your contract. If doing your own work, check the Yellow Pages under "Landfills" or "Rubbish and Garbage Removal", and make appropriate arrangements for disposal of debris.

The Division serves as Code interpreter for the citizens of Defiance. It directs variance and special exceptions to the Zoning Board of Appeals. The Zoning Board of Appeals is a five-member panel made up of local citizens. The Board meets the third Thursday of each month. An application for an appeal shall be filed with the Zoning Commissioner no later than thirty (30) days prior to the date of the hearing. The Board shall give 21-days notice in the local newspaper as required by Code. Thirty days prior to the hearing, the appellant shall furnish names of anyone having proprietary interest in land within 200 feet of the appellant's property, so those property owners can be notified by mail as required by Code.

The City of Defiance is zoned. Setback information may be taken from the Zoning Code Section(s). Please note: The Building Inspection Department deals with properties within the City limits. Any questions or information concerning outside the city limits should be directed to that particular Township's Zoning Inspector.