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Approval Process

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Steps in obtaining plan approval and receiving a building inspection:

Step 1

Check with the Centerville Planning Department to verify the need for a Certificate of Zoning Compliance or if your work occurs within the Architectural Preservation District (APD). If yes, stop here and please contact the Centerville Planning Department at (937) 433-7151 before continuing in this process.

Step 2

Determine the type of construction or work (including occupancy changes) you intend to do.

Step 3

Obtain copies of the proposed drawings, drawn to scale.

  • A set of plans for proposed work is required for new construction, remodeling, commercial change of use, electrical, fire-protection, HVAC, gas piping and plumbing.
  • Drawings shall show pertinent details in architecture, structure, plumbing, mechanicals, fire protection, elevations and foundation to show conformance with applicable building codes.
  • A detailed floor plan is required for tenant occupancy changes. See sample.

Step 4

Complete the Plan Approval Application Form with all drawings and plans attached.

Submit to:

City of Centerville Building Inspection
100 West Spring Valley Road
Centerville, OH 45458
Phone: (937) 428-4786
Fax: (937) 428-4718
Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Step 5

The Plans Examiner, Building Official, and Fire Official will review the plans and annotate any portions that are not in compliance with current codes. Approvals cannot be issued until all requirements are met and plans conform with all applicable building codes.

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Step 6

When your application is approved, you must then pay a standard fee to cover inspection costs and filing processes. Click here for the Building Inspection Fee Schedule. Please make checks payable to the City of Centerville.

Step 7

Schedule inspections with the City Inspection Department. City inspectors will make routine, required inspections throughout construction of the structure. It is the duty of the applicant to schedule such inspections.

Step 8

The City Building Official will give final approval upon completion of the work and upon verification that the work conforms to the approved plans.

Step 9

A Certificate of Occupancy, if applicable, will then be issued.


Please remember our office handles only the building inspection portion of your project. All zoning issues, property maintenance complaints or Architectural Preservation District (APD) questions can be answered by the appropriate department/division.

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