Building and Zoning

The City of Monroe is actively engaged with the Monroe Fire Department, Monroe Police Department as well as our local and regional partners with regards to our administrative response to the COVID-19 virus. This response may be modified as further information becomes available.

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 the City of Monroe administrative offices will be closed to the public until further notice. Staff will continue to provide services via phone and email during standard operating hours of 8am to 5pm.


All residents and contractors should submit permits via email at City staff will follow up with a phone call for payments or any questions about the digital submittals. Approved permits can be emailed to applicants and this digital set of approved plans can be utilized as the required onsite copy for inspection purposes. National Inspection Corporation (NIC) is still performing inspections but asks social distancing be practiced with contractors on site.

Any building and zoning inquiries should be directed to 513-539-7374 or

Property Maintenance Complaints

For property maintenance complaints, please call 513-539-7374 ext 1024 or submit your complaint to

The Development Department is responsible for issuing both zoning and building permits for projects in the City of Monroe. While Development staff is responsible for all zoning review, the City contracts with National Inspection Corporation (NIC) for building department services, including permit review and inspections. All applications, plans, and fees are submitted through the City of Monroe.


Questions regarding zoning permits, submittal requirements, or zoning code regulations should be directed to the City of Monroe Development Department at 513-539-7374, extension 1020. Please refer to Forms for applications and fees. 

Need to know the zoning of a particular property? See our City zoning map for reference, but please always verify zoning with Staff by emailing or calling us at extension 1020.


Questions regarding building permit requirements, fees, building code, or inspections should be directed to NIC at 888-433-4642. Please refer to Forms for applications and fees.

For information on past and active building permits, please visit NIC’s permit inquiry page.


The repair or construction of driveways, curbing, gutters, and sidewalk requires approval from the City’s Public Works Department and, for some projects, compliance with zoning requirements from the Development Department. Public Works is located at 1000 Holman Avenue and can be reached at 513-727-8953.

water and sewer

The City of Monroe provides drinking water for most of the City. Sewer lines and some water lines fall under the jurisdiction of Butler County Water and Sewer. Butler County Water and Sewer is located at 130 High Street in Hamilton and can be reached at 513-887-3066. For information on the tap-in fees for both water and wastewater projects, contact Donna Turman at 513-539-7374, extension 1413.


The Butler County Health Department handles all plumbing permits within the city, regardless of which county the property is located in. The Butler County Health Department is located at 301 South Third Street in Hamilton and can be reached at 513-863-1770.