For the purpose of regulating construction, alterations, repairs, and additions to one-, two-, and three-family dwellings in the city, the Residential Code of Ohio for one, two, and three family dwellings, 2011 edition has been adopted by the city. The city also adopted the National Electrical Code, 2011 edition for regulating the installation and maintenance of electrical systems in the city.
Sidney's Building Codes can be found in Chapter 1301 of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Sidney, which is available on a Web site provided by and maintained by American Legal Publishing Corporation using this link: Sidney Codified Ordinances. Please note that this link will direct you from the City's web pages to a site not maintained by the City.
In addition to new construction, this department also issues permits and performs inspections on accessory structures such as sheds and detached garages, room additions, electrical service upgrades or changes, HVAC installations, porch enclosures or overhangs, and electrical rewires of existing residential structures. Other functions of this department include plan reviews for new structures, site plan reviews, issuance of city addresses, and inspection of existing structures concerning maintenance and safety issues. Follow-up inspections are also performed on structures involved in fires and/or catastrophes, man-made or natural, to determine the level of damage, and safety of the structure.
One of the most frequently asked questions for this department is "Do I need a permit for my project?" The best answer to this would probably be to ask "Does the project include structural or electrical changes or additions?" If so, you probably need a permit! If there is any doubt about the need for a permit, your best option is to phone us at 498-8132 or at 498-8130 and we will be more than happy to answer your questions.