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Franklin County Economic Development and Planning Department


(614) 525-3095

(614) 525-3166

(614) 525-3094


Main Office:
Monday – Friday
Appointment Only

Permit Counter:
Monday – Friday
Appointment Only



Franklin County EDP will close at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, July 3, 2024 and will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2024 in observance of Independence Day. Regular business hours will resume on Friday, July 5, 2024.



PACE Project Spotlight: 4400 North High - March 24, 2023

New Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority (CFFA) Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financed project!

New Columbus Region Relocation Guide  February 14, 2023

A comprehensive guide on the Columbus region include information on business, lifestyle, education, healthcare, culture, and other resources.

Resources Quick Links 

Rental Assistance Lookup Tool

Rental assistance is available! The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) created a rental assistance lookup tool for renters and landlords. Visit the the Rental Assistance Lookup Tool

FHA-Insured Mortgage Relief

If you are struggling to make your mortgage payment on your FHA-insured mortgage because of COVID-19, help is available. Visit resources for homeowners or HUD-approved housing counseling agencies.

Community Shelter Board Emergency Shelter Assistance

Do you or someone you know need help finding emergency shelter? Call the Community Shelter Board hotline at (614) 274-7000.

Resources Guide for Franklin County Businesses and Residents 

Here is a comprehensive guide on resources being provided by local, state, and federal government as well as utility companies and other private sector entities.

SBA Small Business Disaster Loans 

The Small Business Administration is providing disaster assistance for relief of hardship caused by the coronavirus.

Our Mission

The Franklin County Community Development section of the Economic Development & Planning Department is responsible for providing funding and technical assistance to support community development activities and initiatives in Franklin County outside the auspices of the City of Columbus. The planning and zoning department is responsible for all zoning, code enforcement and land-use planning activities in the unincorporated area of Franklin County.

SmartWorks Programs

Through the following suite of SmartWorks programs, the County’s goal is to make ongoing strategic investments in the areas of economic development, workforce development, and energy efficiency.

Our Programs


The Zoning Division is responsible for enforcing and administering the Franklin County Zoning Resolution.  The Zoning Resolution regulates buildings and land uses for the purpose of promoting public health, safety and general welfare throughout Franklin County.  Zoning accomplishes this purpose by encouraging appropriate land uses, stabilizing and preserving property values, preventing the overcrowding of land and avoiding undue concentrations of population.

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Forms and Applications

Go to our Forms and Applications page to find all of the important forms like Permits, Applications for Zoning, Affidavits and Annexations.

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Land Use Planning

The Planning Division guides responsible growth in Franklin County by managing long-term changes in land use. The staff provides technical assistance to township officials, enabling citizen participation in shaping the future of their communities. The staff works closely with community leaders, elected officials, and other stakeholders to ensure the viability of future growth and maintain the high quality of life enjoyed by Franklin County residents.

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Energy Works

The EnergyWorks program is an ongoing partnership with the Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority (CFFA) to capitalize the Columbus Region Energy Fund, which provides loan financing to Franklin County businesses and nonprofit organizations for cost-effective, energy efficiency improvements. EnergyWorks is designed to increase the energy efficiency of both existing and new facilities, resulting in lower energy costs, fewer carbon emissions, and economic growth in Franklin County.

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The InfrastructureWorks program provides timely, innovative, and flexible loan financing through the Franklin County Infrastructure Bank (FCIB) to support economic development projects within the county that will create jobs and economic growth. The FCIB functions as a revolving loan fund that makes below market interest rate loans to city, village, and township borrowers located within Franklin County to finance the public infrastructure required to facilitate an economic development project.

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