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Permits protect you and your family by ensuring that work done at your property meets required building codes. That’s because our certified inspectors inspect all permitted work in the City to make sure it meets those codes. Furthermore, it is a violation of City ordinances not to obtain permits where they are required. Not obtaining a permit could result in a fine and require you to repair – at your own expense – any work that is not in compliance with required building codes. If any work has been covered, electrical wiring by drywall for instance, you will be required to expose the work for inspection.
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No. Homeowners may pull a permit only for work you are doing yourself or if paying a licensed contractor to do the work. The City requires that anyone doing permit work in the City be insured. Homeowners pulling their own permits must complete a Homeowner's Affidavit (PDF).
Visit Building Permits to find information on the permitting process and permit applications.
The cost of permits vary depending upon the work that is planned. Visit Permit Fees to find fees applicable to your project.
Certain projects and repairs require permits; others do not. View construction activity not requiring a permit.
Three sets of drawings are required. All commercial plans must be stamped by a registered architect. Residential plans must conform to specifications outlined in the Building Code. For more information, visit Plan Review or call 216-491-1460.
Most construction projects require a permit regardless of whether structural changes are made. View a list of activities that are exempt from obtaining a building permit (or approval).
Most kitchen and bathroom remodels require permits (approvals). A counter or cabinet installation where plumbing and electrical work is not impacted likely does not require a permit. However, if replacing/installing a counter installation with a sink or a cabinet installation where there is a built-in oven/range or dishwasher does require a permit. View a list of activities that are exempt from obtaining a permit.
Kitchen remodels, bathroom remodels, replacement of driveways, garages, mechanical equipment (furnaces, A/C, boilers, water heater, etc.) all require permits (approvals). There are certain limited exceptions, such as simple replacements of light fixtures or switches. View a list of activities that are exempt from obtaining a permit.
All modifications, renovations, or additions to anywhere on the exterior of your property require approval from the Planning Department and may require approval from the Architectural Board of Review. This includes projects like roof, window, door replacement, or landscape structures.
Projects that are interior only, require approval from the Building Department.
Learn how to schedule your inspection.