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As a local public works agency headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, the Franklin County Engineer's Office is responsible for the maintenance and construction of 271 miles of county roadway and 351 county bridges, as well as upkeep of all county ditches, drains, retention basins, and other storm water facilities within the right-of-way of county roads in unincorporated areas. To meet the continuing development and infrastructure needs of Franklin County, the Engineer's Office utilizes the latest technologies for determining and maintaining roadway centerlines and boundaries; retracing and setting new monuments for original public land surveys; preparing geographic information system mapping for real estate tax assessments; and establishing precise countywide horizontal and vertical control to maintain uniformity in construction, surveying, and mapping.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
#TeamFCEO attended the Pre-Bid Information Session for the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health (ADAMH) Board of Franklin County which provided networking opportunities with minority owned businesses.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
#TeamFCEO participated in the Franklin County Futures Job Fair where we shared information about employment opportunities at our office. It was a great event!
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
Smiley Road, between Fishinger Road and Hilliard-Cemetery Road, will be closed from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2023, for roadway maintenance. This closure is expected to last one day, weather permitting. Local Access will be maintained.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
Thanks to everyone who attended the Opportunities Job Fair! We had a great time meeting with people excited to learn about our internship and seasonal opportunities at the FCEO. If you are still interested in joining #TeamFCEO, please visit https://www.franklincountyengineer.org/employment/ to learn more.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office has declared a LEVEL ONE Snow Emergency. Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.
Franklin County Engineer's Office
970 DUBLIN ROAD
COLUMBUS, OHIO 43215
(614) 525-3030
fracoeng@franklincountyengineer.org
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Contractor’s Permits

Contractor’s Permits

Right of Way Permit and Application

In accordance with Section 5589.10 of the Ohio Revised Code, anyone planning to do any type of work or placement of anything within the road Right-of-Way within the Franklin County Engineers jurisdiction, is required to obtain a Right-of-Way permit. For utility work a set of plans and application will be required. There is no fee associated with this permit, the required forms are below in PDF format.

For additional information please contact Steve Buskirk at sbuskirk@franklincountyengineer.org or (614)525-3063. Forms can also be submitted to Steve Buskirk via email sbuskirk@franklincountyengineer.org or fax (614) 525-3359.

Application to Install Utilities

Right-of-Way Permit Form

Special Hauling Permits

Anyone planning to transport overweight or oversized loads on highways maintained by Franklin County should be familiar with the Special Hauling Permits Manual.

This important information explains the types of required permits, the permit procedure, fees, and safety regulations that will help to ensure a smooth and productive hauling trip. For your convenience, the manual and permit forms are in a PDF format for easy copying.

Special Hauling Permits Manual

Special Hauling Permit Fees

Application Review Process

Review time will be governed by the amount of weight and size of the vehicles or loads to be moved together with the length of the proposed route and the impact the move will have on the highway. Permits will be processed as soon as possible in the order they are received. Permittees should try to schedule their moves to allow at least two normal working days for processing time. When characteristics of a movement require field or structure analysis, a minimum of four (4) working days should be allowed for processing the application. All applications should be made as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary delays.

Superload Structure Crossing Fee

Due to the negative impact as a result of a superload crossing a structure, the Franklin County Engineer’s office has imposed an additional fee for crossing any structure that may be programed for future replacement.

Structures that require Superlaod Structure Crossing Fee:

FRA-C0052-0448 (2531682) over Olentangy River east of Olentangy River Road
FRA-C0019-0372 (2530031) over Alum Creek east of Cleveland Ave
FRA-C0068-0185 (2535734) over Olentangy River east of Olentangy River Road
FRA-C0059-0318 (2531399) over Olentangy River east of Olentangy River Road
FRA-C0150-0000 (2535882) over Big Darby Creek west of Amity Rd
FRA-C3855-0212 (2535742) over Olentangy River east of Olentangy River Road

All applications can be submitted through RTVision

For additional information, please contact Liz Pyles of the Franklin County Engineer’s Utilities Department at (614) 525-6187 or haulpermit@franklincountyengineer.org.

A. Introduction

Section 4513.34 of the Ohio Revised Code, in part, grants permission to local authorities with
respect to highways under their jurisdiction, to issue special permits for the operation of vehicles or combinations of vehicles of a size or weight of a vehicle or load exceeding the maximum specified in Sections 5577.01 to 5577.09 of the Ohio Revised Code.

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners, in its effort to effectively control the use of County maintained highways, has set forth the following conditions whereby permission may be granted to operate such oversize or overweight vehicles or move such oversize, overweight loads in a manner that will not materially affect the safety of the motoring public or the integrity of the highway or structures.

B. Scope

This policy applies to the movement on or across any and all Franklin County maintained highways of all vehicles and loads that exceed the maximum allowable weight, width, height, and/or length as described in Sections 5577.04 and 5577.05 of the Ohio Revised Code.

C. Permits

1. General 

All individuals, firms, partnerships, companies or corporations wishing to operate or move a
vehicle or combination of vehicles of a size or weight of vehicle or load exceeding the maximum specified in Sections 5577.01 to 5577.09 of the Ohio Revised Code on any or all Franklin County maintained highways must obtain a special hauling permit from the Franklin County Board of Commissioners through the Franklin County Engineer. Movements under a special hauling permit shall be made during daylight hours and in such a manner to minimize disruptions to normal highway traffic. If the applicant wishes to make a movement after daylight hours and can prove to the County that such a movement can be safely made and would minimize disruption to normal traffic to a lesser extent than during daylight hours, then such a move may be granted. All movements made after daylight hours shall be required to have a minimum of two escorts.

2. Types of Permits

3. Responsibility for Permits

The Franklin County Engineer, on behalf of the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, shall be responsible for administering the issuance of special hauling permits, including receiving and reviewing applications for completion, inspecting proposed routes, recommending issuance or denial of permits, and maintaining records of all applications and permits. The Franklin County Board of Commissioners assumes no responsibility for the failure of the applicant to secure applicable state, municipal, or township permits.

4. Requirements for Obtaining a Special Hauling Permit

5. Limitations on Special Hauling Permits

6. Escort Vehicle Requirements

D. Permit Procedures

1. General Information

a. The procedures set forth herein shall serve as a guide in establishing a uniform method for the application of regulations governing the issuance of permits to operate or move vehicles
or combinations of vehicles of a size or weight exceeding the maximum specified in Sections
5577.01 to 5577.09 of the Ohio Revised Code on or across any and all Franklin County
maintained highways.

b.Requests for special hauling permits must be made in accordance with the policies and
procedures as set forth in this section. Applicants are advised that these permits cover only
Franklin County maintained highways. The Franklin County Board of Commissioners assumes no responsibility for the failure of the applicant to secure applicable state, municipal, or township permits.

2. THE PERMIT-HOW TO APPLY

3. APPLICATION REVIEW AND SITE INSPECTION

4.CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE

5. ISSUANCE OF PERMITS

6. RENEWAL OF PERMITS

7. PERMIT VIOLATIONS

E. Fees

1. General Information

a. A fee, payable to the Franklin County Engineer, will be charged to cover the cost of issuing a permit and/or inspecting the roadway and structures before, during and after the permitted movement.

b. Permit fees shall be paid by credit card, check or money order. Convenience fees for credit card transactions are processed and collected by the Franklin County Treasurer’s payment processor, Point and Pay. Fees are 2.50% of total transaction for all credit cards Page 11 (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express) or $2.00 minimum. E-Check payments will be a flat fee of $2.00. This fee does not come back to the county in any way.

For additional information, please contact Steve Buskirk of the Franklin County Engineer’s Utilities Department at (614) 525-3063 or sbuskirk@franklincountyengineer.org.