PUCO Approves Overlay Plan for Pending 513 Area Code Exhaust



COLUMBUS, OHIO (Dec. 15, 2021) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved a plan to overlay a new area code over the existing 513 area code. The 513 area code is expected to run out of available phone numbers in the fourth quarter of 2023. All current 513 area code subscribers will continue to maintain their current number and area code. 

The actual implementation of the overlay will be determined at a later date. Upon implementation of the overlay, all new phone subscribers will be assigned the new 283 area code. An area code overlay usually requires a transition to 10-digit dialing to permit a fuller use of all the numbers within the area code. However, as a result of the nationwide implementation of the 988 dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Line, customers in the 513 area are already moving to 10-digit dialing. 

The Commission has directed the telecommunications industry to file implementation and communications plans with the PUCO. The plans should indicate when the overlay should take effect and include any communications that companies will use to notify their customers. 

Additional information regarding area code exhaust can be found on the PUCO website here. 

A copy of today’s Commission opinion and order is available on the PUCO’s website at www.PUCO.ohio.gov, click on the link to Docketing Information System and enter the case number 21-873-TP-COI