Fees for Building Permits

All permits must be submitted in person along with the fee and completed form to the City Services Building located at 631 Perry Street, Suite 101, Defiance, Ohio. All fees to be paid by cash or check, as of now.

Application for Commercial Permits

All commercial permits shall be directed through the Ohio Department of Commerce, (Ohio Board of Building Standards) 800-523-3581 or 614-644-2613. All commercial projects must receive Zoning and Engineering certificates, issued by the City of Defiance (please call 419-784-2195 for instructions on how to obtain those certificates).

Fees for building permits required by Ordinance shall be as follows:

New Construction & Remodeling

Permit fees shall be calculated on the total square feet of the project. This includes: 

  • Attached garages
  • Covered porches 
  • Decks
  • Finished basements

Remodeling & Alterations

Permit fee shall be a flat fee per project including: 

  • Decks and porches
  • Doors
  • Roofing siding
  • Windows

Minor Repairs

The following items shall be considered minor repairs for which a permit is not required:

  • Door replacement as long as there is no change in the opening location or size
  • Interior remodeling with no change in structural members or interior floor plan
  • Replacement of drywall, plaster, moldings, and any other nonstructural members.
  • Painting of walls, moldings, trims, stair rails, floors, ceilings and doors.
  • Wall papering
  • Replacement or repair of exterior trim, moldings, soffits, sills, facia or other nonstructural members.