Manufactured Home Installation Guide for the State of Ohio

The following process is for every home installed regardless of size, make, model year, or where the home was previously located.

The Ohio Department of Commerce is the state agency that regulates installations of manufactured homes throughout the state.

All manufactured homes installed in Ohio must have a permit prior to installation. All homes must be inspected and pass inspection prior to occupancy. It is illegal to install a home without the proper permits and it is illegal to occupy a home without the proper inspections.

Contact the department for any questions about or for assistance during this process.

Installation Procedure

Step 1: Determine if a licensed installer is required to install the home. If the home is being installed in a manufactured home community, it must be installed by a licensed installer. If the home is being installed on private land, the homeowner may install the home as long as they own the home, they are going to live in the home, and they own the land where the home is being installed.

Step 2: Hire a licensed inspection agency. A permit must be obtained prior to the home arriving on site. Verify with the inspecting agency that no additional permits must be obtained. For example, if the home is being placed in a flood plain, a Flood Plain Permit is required. Contact the local Flood Plain Administrator to verify if the home is located in a flood plain. Download the Flood Plain Administrator.

Step 3: If the home is being installed on private land, verify with the local building and zoning department if any other permits for that area are required.

Step 4: Prepare the site and have the foundation inspected by a licensed inspector prior to the home being set on the site. The foundation must pass inspection prior to installing the home.

Step 5: Once the foundation inspection is complete, installation of the home may begin. All homes must be installed according to the Ohio Manufactured Home Installation Standard found in Chapter 4781 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Step 6: Once the electrical work is complete, make a request for the electrical inspection. The inspection agency will provide an electrical safety inspector (ESI) to perform the inspection. Once completed, the inspection agency will notify the power company that power may now be connected to the home. The local power company will not energize the home without an inspection from an ESI.

Step 7: Once all the work on the home is complete, make a request for the final inspection. Once the final inspection is completed and passed, an inspection seal will be placed in the home and it is now approved for occupancy. The home can be occupied only after the seal is placed in the home. Occupancy prior to final seal placement is subject to fines and legal action.

Step 8: Notify the county auditor within 14 days that a home has been installed within the county. Failure to notify the auditor may result in fines from the county and possible liens placed against the home.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I own the home and I’m going to live in it, and the home will be in a mobile home park. Can I install the home myself?
A: No. If the home is located in a mobile home park, it must be installed by a licensed installer.

Q: I own the home and the land where the home will be installed. Once installation is complete, I’m going to rent the home. Can I install the home myself?
A: No. To be eligible to install the home yourself, you must own the home and the land, and occupy the home.

Q: How long is a permit valid once it is issued?
A: The permit is valid for 180 days. If you are not able to complete installation of the home within that time, you may apply for an extension in writing to the inspection agency.