Ohio Revised Code makes it possible for organizations to use the Ohio Statehouse and its grounds for their special events. Events must be hosted or sponsored by a non-profit organization. All government and quasi-governmental organizations, corporate and private foundations, schools and most associations, human service groups, service clubs, unions and other non-profit alliances qualify. If you are uncertain if your group qualifies, the Statehouse special events team can help you determine that.
IF AN ORGANIZATION HAS A NON-PROFIT STATEMENT then:
1. $50.00 application permit fee
2. All Equipment fees apply
3. All labor and security fees apply
All other official agencies of the executive and judicial branches of state of Ohio government (i.e. various cabinet agencies, Legislative Service Commission, Ohio Court of Appeals) are exempt from the special events application permit fee associated with events in conjunction with official business. Permit for Application must be signed by the director or authorizing authority of Ohio government entity. All other fees will apply.
IF SUCH EVENTS ARE FOR OFFICIAL BUSINESS then:
1. No application permit fee
2. Equipment fees will apply
3. Labor and security fees will be charged
The Ohio House of Representatives, Ohio Senate, Office of the Governor and all departments and/or divisions of the state of Ohio housed within Capitol Square are exempt from the application permit fee for official business. In addition, the statewide office holders of Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Auditor, Secretary of State and Treasurer are exempt from standard Statehouse application permit fee for official business.
IF SUCH EVENTS ARE HELD MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY BETWEEN 8 A.M. AND 4 P.M. then:
1. Office holder must be present for events of official business
2. Application for Permit must be completed; application permit fee will be Waived
3. No equipment fees
4. No labor charges
5. No Ohio Highway Patrol security fees
For all official business, each Permit for Application must be signed by the appropriate authorizing authority of the Ohio government entity. Ohio House of Representatives: House Clerk, Chief of Staff or Minority Leader; Ohio Senate: Senate Clerk, Chief of Staff or Minority Leader; statewide elected official: elected office holder.
Official business includes the authorized business of the Office to carry out the duties of said Office or Office holder, i.e. press conference associated with public policy or a legislative issue.
The Office exempt from the standard Statehouse application permit fee may sponsor groups in which the Office or Office holder is associated. In these instances, the application permit fee will be waived, however all equipment fees will apply.