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Building Regs

About the Building Regulations Division

The 2013 Residential Code of Ohio went into effect on January 1, 2013 for all projects for one, two and three residences and there accessory structures. 

Montgomery County Building Regulations is certified by the State of Ohio to enforce building codes at a local level.  We enforce building and electrical codes, flood damage prevention codes, and special airport zoning.   

We do not enforce codes governing general zoning, water supply or sanitary plumbing, existing building maintenance, daycare licensing, curb cut approval, elevator construction (other than the shaft), or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Main Office
451 West Third Street
Dayton, Ohio 45422-1070
Phone: (937) 225-4622
Fax: (937) 225-6327

South Satellite Office
M,W,& F 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
8190 McEwen Rd
Dayton, Ohio 45458
Washington Township 

*Satellite Office will be discontinuing service
February 26, 2016. Click here for more information.


The Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) announced the Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program is once again accepting applications, beginning today. The program provides a rebate for the purchase and construction/installation of tornado safe rooms for Ohio homeowners.

"The entire state of Ohio is at risk of an EF5 tornado, which produces 250 mile per hour winds capable of destroying most structures," said Steve Ferryman, Ohio EMA mitigation branch chief. "A safe room is built to withstand these winds and resulting airborne debris and provides near absolute protection for occupants."

A safe room is an extreme-wind shelter or space that provides protection to people during a tornado. It can be constructed/installed in one of several places in the home: in the basement, beneath a concrete slab-on-grade foundation or garage floor, or in an interior room on the first floor. A safe room may also be buried in the yard or be a stand-alone structure near your home.

Residents selected for the program are eligible for a rebate up to 75 percent of the cost to install or construct a safe room – up to a maximum of $5,250. To apply for the Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program, homeowners have until 5 p.m. Feb. 10, 2016, to register on the Ohio EMA website:

The Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program will use a computerized random selection process to select applicants. A priority list of applicants will be created from the selected applicants. Chosen homeowners will be notified by e-mail of their position on the priority list on or after February 15, 2016. Ohio EMA anticipates grant funding will become available this year and having a list of participants that meet program requirements will expedite the rebate process. To date, the rebate program has funded 127 safe rooms in Ohio.

Funding for the rebate program is through a partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs. Ohio homeowners would be responsible for 25 percent of the construction costs and any additional costs over the 75 percent maximum rebate of $5,250.

Safe rooms must meet FEMA requirements in FEMA publications 320 and 361, and cannot be constructed/installed prior to the rebate drawing and notification from Ohio EMA to proceed with construction. Ohio EMA’s plans to offer this rebate program on an annual basis. When and if HMA funding becomes available, the amount of funding will determine the number of rebates.

For additional information on safe rooms or to view and download the FEMA publications, visit the FEMA website:


Our eConnect software allows you to link directly to our permit database.  You can now search for the Status of all permits issued since 1993. 

You can check the status of applications, and if they are on hold, why. We also document inspections as to when they are conducted, and whether they have passed or failed.  The Parcel search will let you see all of the permits applied for and issued for a property. Click on one of the buttons to the left to transfer to our eConnect site. 

To check the Status of a Permit or Application, type in identifying information about the Property or the Applicant.  Note that since the software is looking for exact matches, often less is more in information you type in.  Include the minimum information you think will be necessary to find distinct records, especially since information entered may have been  slightly different than you would.  For instance, our records may or may not have "Inc." after an applicant name.  If you type in the name only, it will return selections with and without the "Inc.", and you can then select from those found.

The button to Find Permit Info by Parcel or Address will lead you to a similar search form.  Again, try to enter the least amount of information to distinguish the property you are looking for.  You do not need to fill in all of the boxes. You can also enter partial words or addresses to broaden your search.  Read the help notes on that page for other tips for searching our records.