While you explore our fresh design and features, you can still access the old website for reference.
The mission of the License Section is to administer and enforce all laws, rules and regulations relating to licensing and permit requirements for various types of businesses, charitable solicitations and users of alarm systems.
Below is a complete list of licenses that the License Section issues. Each section contains the following:
Information submitted through the City of Columbus' website may be subject to disclosure pursuant to a public records request. Information submitted through the City's website may be shared with another governmental agency if the visitor's inquiry relates to that agency. Certain types of information (such as electronic payment information) are exempt from disclosure as public records. If you have questions about the Ohio Public Records laws, refer to State of Ohio's Revised Code, Section 149.43, Availability of Public Records.
If you do not have the correct supporting documentation, you will be turned away. For your convenience, the License Section has installed a secure drop box at 4252 Groves Road which can be utilized to drop off applications, payments and any other documentation. It is located to the right side of the employee entrance, which is under the gray awning on the south side of the building. That box is checked every morning during the work week. Due to a change in City Code, Short Term Rental licenses will no longer be issued on the day of application.
You can complete the process by coming to the License Section during normal business hours with your completed application and required documents or use the below online process:
Please go to the below link for the license type and print off all paperwork, including the checklist and FAQs. Complete all paperwork and obtain any necessary notary certification.
Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 10:30 AM – Studio Lodge Columbus – Quarter Horse appeal hearing at the License Section
Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 1:00 PM – Woodspring Suites Columbus Southeast appeal hearing at the License Section
Attention Alarm Users
Effective January 27, 2023
There will no longer be a registration fee for new and renewed alarm registrations. All alarm users must continue to register their information yearly with the City of Columbus (Columbus City Code 597.02).
*However at this time, nothing needs to be done on your part as we update our false alarm reporting system.
**If you need to update any information, you can do so online OR if you are having any trouble, contact us at (614) 645-7960.
All false alarm fees are temporarily suspended until new City Code can be enacted. Please continue to check here to learn about future changes.
Note: Please confirm your zoning location before applying using the below zoning map link.
Department of Public Safety
4252 Groves Road
Columbus, OH 43232
(614) 645-8912 Fax
Alarm User Complaints
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Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm