Permits & Contractors
Business Development & Permit Center
About The Center
The City of Cincinnati's Business Development and Permit Center offers single point-of-contact service for Cincinnati homeowners, developers, architects, small business owners, construction personnel, and others involved in the development and building permit process.
Customer services from the City's Department of City Planning and Buildings are located at the Center; other City review and development support agencies are also on site, at one location to serve your needs.
This includes nearly 125 technical support staff from City Planning & Buildings, Community Development, the Department of Transportation and Engineering, the Metropolitan Sewer District, Greater Cincinnati Water Works and the Cincinnati Fire Department.
The Center was designed with the customer in mind. Customers will find multiple departmental representatives to provide timely advice and review.
Parking is free. In order to process applications and prepare permits accurately, please arrive by 3:30 p.m. Walk-through hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Permits will not be issued after 4 p.m.
- Offers an enhanced, simplified, and streamlined building permits process for customers. All permits that involve development and building construction are expected to be issued at the Business Development and Permit Center.
- Serves as an information-clearing house for all development incentive programs with particular attention to those programs offered by the City's Economic Development Division and the Community Development Department.
- Provides pre-development consultation.
- Advocatse for and facilitates approved development projects through final completion.
Approximately 80% of our building permit customers simply need a "walk-through" permit. Those will continue to be issued on the spot, in 90 minutes or less.
For larger, more complex development projects, which require research and analysis, Center representatives will work with customers to schedule consultation meetings and follow-up, in order to expedite issuance of a permit. The City Manager's Economic Development Division works closely with the staff at the Center, as well.