FT announces start of building dept.
Franklin Township officials announced June 15 they will be immediately enforcing the Ohio Building Code for commercial and industrial structures in the township through their own building department.
According to Franklin Township Trustee Chair Timothy Guyton, the township is now the third out of 17 townships in Franklin County to have their own building department.
“For all others, it defaults to the State of Ohio. By having it in-house, it brings in a little funding but most importantly, it highly increases our local control over construction within our jurisdiction,” Guyton said.
Franklin Township created the building department during a special meeting Dec. 28, 2010 as a way to create a new revenue stream.
Township officials met during a special meeting June 14 to discuss the department in greater detail, including fee schedules, what services will cost, etc.
According to Guyton, the building department will also keep township properties valued correctly. Township officials also feel because their own fire department will be handing the inspections, that safety concerns or issues will be answered promptly and quickly.
The trustees are optimistic the building department will prove quicker and better costing to contractors working in the township.
Any contractors who file for a permit after June 14 will now have to do so through the Franklin Township building department, 2193 Frank Road.