General Building Guidelines

Call Before You Dig 

Call Ohio Utilities Protection Service (OUPS) at (800) 362-2764 before you dig on your property to have your utility lines marked.

Roofs, Gutters & Downspouts

With the spring thaw, this is your opportunity to inspect your house and garage roofs for damaged or missing shingles, as well as removing all debris from your gutters and downspouts. Any house and garage must have gutters and downspouts installed and in good working condition. Repairs to your gutters and downspouts do not require a permit. However, a permit is required if you tear off and replace your roof shingles.  If your roof has only one layer of shingles, you may add a layer without a permit, but more than two layers of shingles may cause structural damage to the building.

Sheds & Accessory Buildings

Prior to placing a building on your property, a permit is required.  Buildings that are 200 square feet or less must be a minimum of 5 feet from the property line.  Larger buildings require foundation and building construction approvals.

Canvas Structures Are Prohibited

Canvas structures may not be used for carports, sheds or living quarters. These structures do not conform to the Ohio Building Code and are not permitted to be installed in the City of Whitehall.Call the Whitehall Building Department for help and guidance. We will be pleased to assist you in any way we can.

Portable Storage Units

Portable storage units may not be placed upon any property in the City without first obtaining a permit through the Service Department.  Portable storage units are only permitted for seven consecutive days or 14 days within a 180-day period. Please call the City of Whitehall Public Service Department at 614-237-8612 for questions regarding the permit.

Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Remember to perform a monthly test and change the batteries in your detectors when the time changes in the spring and fall.  Also, when any interior construction or gas appliance changes occur, you are required to install a carbon monoxide detector to be tested by the inspector.  These are very important in the event of a gas leak or poor ventilation of the appliances.

Weatherproofing Tips

Fall is a good time to start the process of winterizing your home.  Remember to remove leaves from your gutters. If left, rain can flow over the gutter and collect around a house’s foundation, causing damp spots inside. If the gutters are full of leaves, it may also cause an ice dam, which in turn may cause water infiltration into your roof and ceilings.

The most important item to prepare is your heating system.  Call a professional to check for proper operation before it gets cold.  Change your filter every two or three months during the heating season, and more often if you have pets.

You should also check the weather stripping around your windows and doors.  Replace it if necessary.  Look at the bottom of the door at the door sweep.  If you see light, it may also need replaced.  With just a few inexpensive items, you can make your home warm and cozy even when it’s freezing outside.