Due to the elevated transmission rates of COVID-19, the Building and Housing Department counter is closed, except by appointment. Electronic submission of plans and applications is preferred and will result in the most expedient review; however, hard copies can be delivered through the drop box at City Hall. If plans are too large to fit through the slot, please leave with the front desk receptionist. Should you need assistance in person, or if you need to use a computer kiosk to apply for a license, please schedule an appointment by calling 216-491-1469 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department of Building & Housing issues permits for all residential and commercial construction projects in the City.
- Learn about the City’s new Remote Video Inspection (RVI) process.
- Find a permit application
- Schedule a permit inspection
- Find a contractor
Learn More About Building Permits
A building permit authorizes a contractor or property owner to perform construction activity and installation of fixtures and equipment on a property. The State of Ohio requires all residential and commercial construction projects beyond basic repairs obtain a certificate of plan approval as part of the permit issuance process. This includes all new construction and exterior/interior renovation projects, as well as plumbing, HVAC, and electrical projects. Sidewalks, driveways, fences, roofs, windows, and many other common projects also require permits.
Building permits protect property owners and their occupants by ensuring that work is designed and constructed in accordance with state and local building codes. All plans must conform to the codes listed below:
It is the homeowners responsibility to ensure the work is inspected before work is covered and at its completion. However, most contractors coordinate with the City directly for the inspection of their work. Learn more about permit inspections, including when inspections are required.
If you’re new to Shaker’s permitting process, take a moment to review our guide to Home & Property Improvements.