Licensing & Permits

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Certain types of businesses require licenses and certain activities may require permits and/or have zoning considerations.


The Ohio Business Gateway, Licensing and Permits provides information on the types of businesses and professions that may require licensing. Certain professions require a license through the state. Check the Ohio Business Gateway website for more information.


If you are building or renovating physical structures, permits are required. Applying in person can be done at the following address:

City of Franklin
1 Benjamin Franklin Way
Franklin, Ohio 45005


Businesses- including home-based businesses - may also be subject to zoning restrictions.
  1. First step is to look at the map to determine in which zone your business will be located.
  2. Second step is to understand the uses that are allowed in that zone.
Any questions? Check with Franklin's Zoning Department for clarifications.