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Reminding you of codes

January 6, 2019

With a city that is growing and expanding, the City of Columbus’ Building Department has been out around town. From new homes and businesses being built to enforcement of city ordinances, we are confident you have noticed us out and about.

The building department would like to remind everyone that if you are constructing a shed larger than 120 square feet, adding on to your structure, altering your structure or putting up a fence or deck, you need a permit. Even demolishment of structures requires proper permitting.

One of the responsibilities that come with obtaining a building permit is to verify your project is safe. Having inspections performed at appropriate times by a Building Department official ensures this process. This is done by calling the designated building official with the city. We have many different pamphlets with information on building and set back requirements at City Hall. Feel free to stop in and get a copy or call if you have any questions.

Sometimes parking space can become somewhat of a challenge. We would like to remind you it is against city ordinance to park your vehicles on your lawn. All vehicles have to be parked or stored on a HARD surface which is defined in city ordinance 72.40 b-2 (b) as a paved hard surface driveway, paved pad, or gravel driveway with dimensions of not less than 10 feet by 20 feet, or if graveled, a gravel depth of not less than three inches.

All city building codes and ordinances are available online at www.columbusne.us. The City of Columbus Building Department hopes everyone had a happy and healthy holiday season.

Jamie Adame is a code enforcement official for the City of Columbus.

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