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City-County Community Gardens Grant Program

Recognizing the many benefits of community gardens, the City of Columbus and Franklin County have partnered with The Columbus Foundation to support existing gardens and encourage the creation of new ones.

Grant awards will be made up to $2,000 for supplies and/or contractual services. Partial grants may be awarded including funding and in-kind product donations compliments of the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company.

Smart Works in Franklin County

In 2012, County Commissioners introduced a new effort to target the ongoing strategic investments made by the County into workforce development, job retention and job creation: "Smart Works in Franklin County." Through incentives, entrepreneur training and financial support, Franklin County encourages the retention and growth of existing businesses and the creation of innovative new businesses.

At the same time, the County invests in efforts to grow our smart workforce and to build smart partnerships to generate new discoveries that fuel economic growth. Because of these smart investments to improve the opportunity for economic development in Franklin County, the region continues to be a magnet for attracting and retaining smart and creative talent.

The Smart Works story

Smart Works website

Online Permitting

With the Franklin County
ONLINE PERMIT CENTER you can:

  • Apply for a Permit
  • Check permit application status
  • Pay permit fees online
  • View scheduled inspections
  • Review inspection activity and results

Franklin County has adopted the 2013 Residential Code of Ohio, which only regulates 1, 2, and 3 family dwellings/residential homes. Zoning compliance requirements and commercial building permits vary by jurisdiction.  

More about building & permitting.

John O'Grady President
Paula Brooks
Marilyn Brown