City of Marion Engineering Department

The Engineering Department oversees the design and construction of public works infrastructure relating to streets, drainage, and storm and sanitary sewer.  The Department manages the Capital Improvement Programs (CIP) for streets and sewers and oversees infrastructure for development within the city's limits.  The Department also handles traffic and transportation engineering which includes traffic signals and signage, as well as traffic and speed studies.  The Engineering Department also houses the City Zoning Department.

Engineering staff provides the following services:

  • Engineering and surveying support for other city departments
  • Plan preparation for minor public works projects
  • Maintain record drawings for public works infrastructure
  • Coordinate utility relocations and right-of-way permits (call for permit information)
  • Right-of-way acquisition
  • Coordinates projects with State and County officials, as needed


FOR EXCAVATING PERMITS, CALL 740-387-2240.  A complete list of Engineering Permit Fees can be found here.   



Engineering staff manages the City's Street CIP and the Storm and Sanitary Sewer CIP. 

The Street CIP consists of standard milling and filling of asphalt streets.  Funding is obtained from Ohio Public Works Commission, county municipal auto tax, and a percentage of collected income tax.

Storm and Sanitary CIP are typically funded thru the Ohio Public Works Commission, storm water utility, sanitary improvement funds, and annual note sales.  The City typically follows a “complete street” replacement program for projects initiated by storm and sanitary improvements.

There is not a prequalification process for contractors to bid CIP projects. However, the City will investigate a contractor's financial stability and ability to perform upon successful bid.


The Engineering Department oversees all public works infrastructure on private development projects.  Staff reviews plans and inspects construction for streets, drainage, and sewer.  All right of way permits are reviewed by the Engineering Department for compliance with public works standards.


Engineering Construction Inspectors oversee field work for all public works infrastructure.  Marion generally follows the Ohio Department of Transportation Construction Practices.  However, the City of Marion "Standard Construction Details" contain many requirements that clarify or supercede the ODOT or City of Columbus specifications.