City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

Plan Review Process

All residential and commercial building permit applications are date-stamped upon submittal to the Development Department, and are reviewed in the order in which they were received.  A complete review may take up to 10 working days for residential plans, and up to 15 working days for commercial plans.  Unfortunately not all plans submitted are approved the first time around, especially in cases where adequate research and preparation has not been performed in advance.
Zoning Review
The Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) regulates land use and development within the City.  Zoning regulations protect property values by ensuring new development is compatible with the surrounding community and maintains the character of established neighborhoods. 
Building plans are first reviewed by the Planning Officer to ensure compliance with all provisions of the UDO.  If plans are in compliance, they are approved and forwarded to the Building Division for appropriate building code review.  If plans do NOT conform to UDO zoning requirements, the applicant is given two options:
  • Redesign the project to comply, OR
  • Seek a variance from the Board of Zoning and Planning (BZAP).  Variance applications can be downloaded online from the Document Center.  Contact the Planning Division for assistance with the variance process.
Building Review
Once zoning approval is received, plans are next reviewed by the Chief Building Official (residential projects) or the Commercial Plans Examiner (commercial projects) to ensure compliance with Chapter 13 of the City's Codified Ordinances, the Ohio Building Code, and/or the most recent version of the Residential Code of Ohio.
The purpose of the building code to provide minimum standards and requirements for construction and construction materials to make buildings safe and sanitary for their intended use and occupancy.
If plans fail to meet code, a correction letter will be issued explaining reasons for the plan rejection, and citing specific sections of the code.  Two new sets of plans must be resubmitted highlighting all revisions, along with a letter addressing the corrections.  The resubmitted plans will again be reviewed on a "first come-first served" basis.