Paulding County Building Requirements
The following steps need to be taken prior to building in Paulding County:
This permit will notify the Paulding County Auditor of new development and inform you if your property is involved in a Flood Hazard area. If you live in a village, check with the village first.
Paulding County Auditor (419) 399-8205
Failure to purchase a Building permit could result in late fees, penalties, and stoppage of work.
A township zoning certificate is required before beginning development in Auglaize, Benton, Blue Creek, Carryall, Crane, Emerald, Harrison, Latty, Paulding, and/or Washington Townships.
Blue Creek (419) 622-6454
Brown (419) 594-2042
Crane (419) 399-3721
Emerald (419) 399-5749
Jackson (419) 399-4236
Latty (419) 587-5885
Paulding (419) 399-9770
A village zoning certificate is required before beginning development in any Paulding County village.
Antwerp (419) 258-7422
Broughton (419) 399-3645
Cecil (419) 399-0520
Grover Hill (419) 587-3225
Haviland (419) 622-1030
Melrose (419) 594-2133
Oakwood (419) 594-2211
Paulding (419) 399-4011
Payne (419) 263-2514
Scott (419) 622-6801
Failure to purchase a Zoning certificate could result in fines and stoppage of work.
State law says you must contact Ohio Utilities Protection Service (OUPS) two working days in advance if any digging may occur. Utility companies will mark any underground cables on your property.
Ohio Utilities Protection Service: (800) 362-2764
Failure to contact OUPS could result in fines, penalties, and possible injury.
An appointment must be made with the Board of Health to approve your new or existing septic and drinking water systems. The Board of Health Inspector wiill need drawings showing either where your new systems will be installed and the distances from each other, or where existing systems are located.
Andy Porter: (419) 399-3921
Failure to contact the Paulding County Board of Health could result in fines, stoppage of work, and/or imprisonment.
If you are installing a new driveway on a County road, you need to contact the Paulding County Engineer’s office to receive a driveway permit. A two week minimum notification is required to effectively process your application. There is no cost for the county permit, but information as to the proper size will be conveyed. Click here to download an application.
If you are installing along a Township road, please contact your Township Trustee. A State permit is required if you are installing along a State or Federal Highway.
Road Type / Contact
Township Road / Township Trustee
County Road / (419) 399-2433
State/Federal Highway / (419) 399-2746
Installing a pipe without proper authorization and/or that impedes the flow of water could result in a legal situation between landownders or being forced to correct the problem at your expense.
Please contact the Paulding County Engineer’s office for the safest route to transport your mobile home to your property. A one week minimum notification to the Paulding County Engineer’s Office is required. A bond with sufficient surety in the amount of $25,000 indemnifying Paulding County and its townships for any damages must be purchased from the mover’s insurance company and be filed in the Engineer’s office. A certificate of insurance or affidavit from a legally authorized agent in an amount no less than $100,000 for public liability and property damage which might occur must also be purchased. The Engineer’s office will notify you of any construction areas that should be avoided, load limits over bridges, and roads that are unsuitable for heavy vehicle travel.
Paulding County Engineer: (419) 399-2366
Failure to follow these guidelines could result in civil and criminal penalties.
Some Townships have laws requiring that developers contact the Trustees for any information they may have regarding development. Your Township Trustees should be able to answer your questions regarding local laws.
Failure to do this could result in additional costs to comply or stoppage of work.
If you are building in or near a waterway in Paulding County, the Army Corp. of Engineers has the authority as to what type of development is allowed. Building near the bank of a waterway or near a wetland could require you to apply for permits.
Army Corp. of Engineers: (419) 898-3491
Failure to contact the Army Corp. of Engineers could result in fines, stoppage of work, or reconstruction of your structures.
Paulding County Flood Plain Regualtions
Permission must be obtained from the Paulding County Engineer’s Office for any extensive movement or rearrangement of ground surface contours (ponds, embankments, causeways, boat ramps, etc.) which occur upon or within a 100-year flood plain as depicted on Flood Insurance Rate Maps.
Any structures including, but not limited to, houses, garages, barns, etc., which are built in or upon a flood plain, must meet specific standards in order to be permitted by the Engineer’s office. These standards vary according to location.
Banks and/or lending institutions also check the flood plain maps to determine property locations before lending money on properties located in the flood plain. Once all standards are approved through the Engineer’s Office, the bank and/or lending institution may or may not approve loans or mortgages for structures located within the flood plain.
There appears to be a popular tendency toward filling in low-lying areas. These low-lying areas serve as temporary water retention resources and filling them in increases the likelihood that the displaced water will end up in less desirable location.
Increased development means increased water run-off. This increased water run-off, along with continuing improvements to farmland surface and subsurface water drainage makes the preservation of these natural temporary water storage areas important. It would be unfortunate if we had to replace the low-lying water retention areas which nature has provided, with costly man-made reserve areas.
The intent of these regulations is to prevent the flooding of existing structures and to monitor the building of new structures which would be vulnerable to flooding.
Questions on these regulations and/or reports of possible violations should be forwarded to:
Tony Windsor (FEMA Flood Plain Administrator)
Paulding County Engineer’s Office
115 North Williams Street RM-B2
Paulding, OH 45879
Phone (419) 399-2366
Fax (419) 399-8246
Flood Plain Maps
Auglaize Township (209 KB)
Benton Township (204 KB)
Blue Creek Township (221 KB)
Brown Township (308 KB)
Carryall Township (303 KB)
Crane Township (289 KB)
Emerald Township (230 KB)
Harrison Township (188 KB)
Jackson Township (216 KB)
Latty Township (240 KB)
Paulding Township (218 KB)
Washington Township (205 KB)
Paulding County Application for Approval of Minor Subdivision
If you are going to create a parcel that is less than 5 acres this application needs to be filled out and taken to the Paulding County Engineer’s Tax Map Office located in the basement of the Paulding County Courthouse.
Application Minor Subdivision Form (PDF, 11kb)
Application Minor Subdivision Form Pg. 2
**Page 2 MUST accompany first page**
**Any questions pertaining to Page 2, please contact Health Dept. 419-399-3921**
Planning on Building in Paulding County
If you are planning on building in Paulding County. This information may be helpful.
Paulding County Surveyors
Warren Foy, P.S.
W L Foy Engineering & Surveying
120 Sibley Street
Van Wert, Ohio 45891
Garcia Surveyors, Inc.
Pat Johnson, Surveyor
1404 S. Jefferson Ave.
Defiance, Ohio 43512
Brad Core, P.E., P.S.
Div. Of Material Testing Inc.
1660 S. Defiance Trail
Spencerville, Ohio 45887
Don N. Friemoth, P.S.
10637 Mendon Road
Van Wert, Ohio 45891