Email Us or give us a call: 419-562-6767 ext.222

500 South Sandusky Avenue
Bucyrus, Ohio 44820-2623

Fax: 419-562-4013

Engineer: Brandstetter Carrol Inc.

The Bucyrus Engineering Department is here to help you with your development needs.
From fences to Subdivisions we are here to help guide you through the development process.

Commercial Inspections

The City of Bucyrus has partnered with the Richland County Building Department for commercial building inspections and permitting. Learn More

Permit FAQs

Learn more about the need for permits in Bucyrus

Flood Hazard Area

Important section about Flood Hazard Area Develpment and the National Flood Insurance Program Learn More

Common Engineering Subjects

Contact The Bucyrus City Engineering Department for more information

 

Permit Frequently Asked Questions.

 

This section provides some guidance on when a permit is required; but since every project is unique, the best way to determine if a permit is required is to ask a representative from the Engineering and Zoning Office about your particular project as early in the process as possible.

The permit and inspection process is in place to assure everyone’s adherence to minimum standards to safeguard life and limb and property and public welfare and to uphold the design standards of the community. The nearly universal enforcement of recognized building codes in the United States has resulted in a built environment that is among the safest in the world.

 

A permit is required before beginning to construct a house or any building or structure of any kind, or enlarge, alter, repair, remodel, improve, rehabilitate, move, raze, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or a portion of it. A separate demolition permit is required before demolition of any building or portion thereof.

Also, a permit is required for the following items: additions, carports, change of occupancy, commercial construction (i.e. apartments, condos, churches, businesses, restaurants), cooling systems, commercial kitchen exhaust hoods, decks, electrical work, fire alarms, fire suppression systems, garages, interior alterations, manufactured home installations, modular home installations, moving buildings, plumbing, remodeling, roofing (including re-shingling), sewer tap-ins, single family dwellings, storage building (with or without a permanent foundation), swimming pools, and towers.

Building permits are not required for door replacement, window replacement, spouting and gutters, interior and exterior painting, insulation, sealing of bricks, flooring, repair of decks, porches or steps, and driveway resurfacing.

All new fence installations require a permit. Fence placement regulations vary by the size of the fence and if it is next to an alley. Please contact the Engineering & Zoning Office for requirements.:

A fence may be placed on the property line provided you have a written agreement with your neighbor and that agreement is submitted with your permit application to the Engineering & Zoning Office.

All new structures require a building and a zoning permit. Placement of the shed varies according to the development standards of each zoning district. No shed may be placed on a vacant residential lot without the approval of the Board of Zoning Appeals. Please contact the Engineering & Zoning Office for requirements

Yes, all new structures require a building and a zoning permit. Placement of the patio varies according to the development standards of each zoning district. Please contact the Engineering & Zoning Office for requirements.

Swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs containing water more than 24 inches in depth shall be completely surrounded by a fence or wall at least 48 inches in height with an operable gate and lock. Swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs shall not be located in any front yard. Spas and hot tubs with a lockable cover shall be exempt from the above requirements. All new swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs require a zoning and building permit prior to installation.

New driveway installations require a permit. The driveway cannot be placed closer than three feet to a side property line. The apron material must be constructed of Portland cement from the street to the right-of-way line. The cost for a new driveway permit is two dollars per linear foot as measured along the street. Residential, commercial, and industrial driveways all have specific requirements. Please contact the Engineering & Zoning Office for requirements.

If you are replacing the shingles you only need a building permit. If you are making any structural repairs you need a building and a zoning permit.

Yes, all new structures require a building and a zoning permit. Placement of the deck varies according to the development standards of each zoning district. Please contact the Engineering & Zoning Office for requirements.

Yes, all new structures require a building and a zoning permit. Placement of the handicap ramp varies according to the development standards of each zoning district. Handicap ramps in residential areas, otherwise not in compliance with the zoning regulations, may be approved by the Zoning Inspector in cases of exceptional physical conditions on a case by case basis.

For simple projects such as a residential fence or patio, a general site plan showing the project area with lot lines will be sufficient. Larger projects may require full engineered drawings. Please contact the Engineering & Zoning Office for requirements.

Fill out an application and bring your drawings or sketch of your project to the Engineering & Zoning Office during regular business hours for approval. If you need assistance filling out your application, we will be glad help you.

You will be glad to know that most permits are approved the same day as they are submitted provided a registered contractor is used and the project meets the development standards for the zoning district where it is located. Larger projects may take up to 30 days for approval.

Failure to obtain required permits is a misdemeanor and punishable by fines as much as $500.00 per day, every day the violation persists.

Building permits are valid for six months after the date of issue, and zoning permits are valid for one year after the date of issue.

Guidance For Placing Manufactured Homes Within The City Of Bucyrus

  • Any trailer, mobile home, or manufactured home built prior to 1976 is not constructed to acceptable standards and is prohibited within the City of Bucyrus. (BCO 1139.02 “Mobile Home”)
  • Any mobile or manufactured home that was constructed between 1976 through 1994 must be placed in a manufactured home park. (1139.02 “Permanently sited manufactured home”)
  • Any “Single Wide” manufactured home that is 1995 or newer must be placed in a manufactured home park. (1139.02 “Permanently sited manufactured home”)
  • In order to place the Manufactured Home on a private residential lot it must meet all of the following requirements: (1139.02 “Permanently sited manufactured home”)
    1) The lot must be in a Zoning District that lists single family homes as a permitted use.
    2) The Manufactured Home must meet the development standards for the zoning district where it is proposed to be sited. 
    3) The structure is affixed to a permanent foundation.
    4) Connected to appropriate facilities and utilities. 
    5) The Manufactured home must be at least 900 sq. ft.
    6) The manufacture home must be at least 22 feet wide and 22 feet long on one side.
    7) The Manufactured home must have a 4:12 roof pitch, conventional residential siding, and a six-inch minimum eave overhang, including appropriate guttering.
    8) The Manufactured Home must have been built after January 1, 1995.

Changes In The National Flood Insurance Program

The Biggert-Waters National Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 provides long-term changes to the National Flood Insurance Program. Under the new law, rates are likely to increase overall to reflect the true flood risk of your home or business and many insurance discounts will be eliminated. FEMA has provided this Q&A document for further information. Also, please see this brochure for ways to help manage your risk.

Bucyrus QBS Policy

The QBS Policy is a qualifications-based selection policy for professional services.
Download the Bucyrus QBS policy.

Our Partnership With Richland County Building Department

The City of Bucyrus has partnered with the Richland County Building Department for commercial building inspections and permitting. While planning for your new commercial development project, check with the Richland County Building Department early for required permits and inspections.
Richland County Building Deparment
1495 West Longview Avenue
Suite 202A 
Mansfield, OH 44906
Phone: 419-774-5517 | Fax: 419-774-6317
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
http://www.richlandcountyoh.us/Building_Dept/BuildingDept.html

Bucyrus Engineering Department Staff

  • Brandstetter Carroll Inc.

    contracted engineering services
  • John S. Rostash is our:

    Planning & Zoning Administrator
    Code Enforcement Officer
    Floodplains Administrator
    and our Website-IT Administrator
  • Landyn T. Hill

    Secretary

Contact The Bucyrus City Engineering/Zoning Department For Info Regarding:

City Street Maps Annexations
Contractor Registration Building & Zoning Permits
Drainage Problems Flood Plain Regulations
Material Bids City Planning
Property and Survey Questions City Building Improvements
Storm water Utility Property Easements and Lot Splits
Street Improvements & Repair Subdivision Development
Traffic Signals Zoning District Regulations
Utility Location/Maps Zoning Maps
Water and Sewer Improvements  
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Southern Avenue Construction

UPDATED 6-26-2017

Installation of the new sanitary sewer pipe continues on Southern Avenue.  During this installation, a portion of Southern Avenue will be closed to through traffic and may be temporarily closed at various times. Please use caution when driving in this area. Currently, Southern Avenue is closed from Grove Avenue to Sandusky Avenue. The construction crew has the intersection closed at Marion Road; State Route 4. The closed section of Southern Avenue will move east with the project as the main pipe is installed. We will update this webpage throughout the project to keep you informed.