Permits & Constructions


Permits must be acquired for all work performed within the public right of way. Utilities, private contractors or municipal agencies usually do this work. Permits are typically for installation of new utility mains and services, new or reconstructed driveways and sidewalks and may also be for emergency repairs. Permit applications are initiated at our office on the Seventh Floor of the County Administration Building, 138 East Court Street or the Second Floor of the Hamilton County Service Garage located at 223 West Galbraith Road.   A Clerical Specialist is available to accept applications, plans and permit fees at each location. After processing they are forwarded to the field office located in the Hamilton County Engineer's Service Garage, 223 West Galbraith Road. After approval of the permit, work is scheduled, an inspector is assigned to the project and is on site to assure that all rules and regulations are adhered to from ground breaking to final restoration or completion of the project. This department also answers complaints from the public. These complaints are varied, but include obstructions in the right of way, drainage problems, advertising illegally placed in the right of way and problems that may occur due to new construction.


When a contract is awarded to improve a road, an inspector is assigned to validate all items to be paid as agreed to in the contract. These projects may consist of widening intersections, installing sidewalks, installing storm sewers or resurfacing roads. This will also include multi-million dollar projects. The Engineer's Office will also assist any of the 12 Townships with road improvements; whether it be design, inspection or total administration of the contract.


Before any subdivision can be accepted by the County Commissioners and turned over to the governing Township, all work included on the approved improvement plan, must be completed to the satisfaction of the Hamilton County Engineer and the Township. After approval has been given for construction of a new subdivision within Hamilton County, an inspector is assigned to the site. Typically, there are 70 or 80 active subdivisions throughout the County in different stages of development. Two inspectors perform the majority of these inspections. They are on the project from the initial grading and clearing, ensuring safe sight distance, curb inspections, driveways, sidewalks and street inspections from subgrade to final asphalt or concrete. The subdivision developer pays all inspection fees.

Permits & Manuals

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