Updated: Commission Meetings Canceled, Permit Desk Closed

Brent Warren Brent Warren Updated: Commission Meetings Canceled, Permit Desk ClosedA 2016 Downtown Commission meeting. Photo by Walker Evans.
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The City of Columbus has announced that several upcoming pubic meetings will be cancelled, and more announcements are expected in the near future.

The following meetings administered by the Department of Building and Zoning Services are cancelled, with the meeting date in parentheses:

  • Board of Zoning Adjustments (March 24)
  • Columbus Building Commission (March 17)
  • Development Commission (April 9)
  • General and Home Improvement Contractor Board (April 1)
  • Graphic Commission (March 17)
  • Sign Erectors Board (April 7)
  • Skilled Trades Board (March 18)

A press release that was sent out with the information on cancellations – which is also available on the city’s website – explained that the choice was made in accordance to the latest public health guidelines, and because, “we cannot limit the number of people that choose to attend a board or commission meeting nor can we determine the health of any attendee.”

The front counter/permit desk at 111 N. Front St. is now closed – March 17 was the last day it was open to the public and residential inspections will stop on all occupied buildings. Inspections can still be scheduled online or over the phone (615-645-8235) for commercial, multi-family new build, and residential new builds.

Toya Johnson, Assistant Director of the Department of Neighborhoods, said that many of the city’s Area Commissions have decided to cancel their March and April meetings, but that the decision is “up to the commissions themselves.”

Columbus City Council meetings have been cancelled until at least April 20, see this site for the latest information.

The city also announced that all boards, commissions and panels staffed by the Columbus Planning Division are cancelled through April 14. This includes the Downtown Commission, University District Impact Review Board, Victorian Village Commission, Italian Village Commission and German Village Commission, among others.

Information on bill payment and obtaining permits from the Department of Public Utilities is available online or by calling 614-645-8276. Permit information can also be emailed to [email protected]

Editor’s note (3/16/20, 3/18/20): this article was updated several times to include the latest information about city-related cancellations.

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