Department of Building & Housing

Sally Martin-O'Toole - Director of Building and Housing


The mission of the Cleveland Department of Building and Housing is to improve the lives and protect the housing values of Cleveland residents through proactive, diligent, and fair enforcement of housing and building codes. To ensure that structures in Cleveland are safe, secure, and code compliant. To provide outstanding and efficient service to the residents and stakeholders of Cleveland.

The Department registers building contractors, inspects all new properties and major rehabilitation projects, and provides code enforcement regarding maintenance issues, condemned properties, and more. 

The Director’s office supervises and manages the Code Enforcement, Construction Permitting, and Records Administration Divisions.

While a permit is not needed to paint and perform minor maintenance or repairs, a residential permit is required to reroof, apply siding, install gutters, doors, and windows, or build decks, porches, and ramps. A residential permit is also required to finish basements and attics and to perform electrical, plumbing, and HVAC work. An Affadavit for a Homeowner’s Permit is required with each residential permit application.

To register as an electrical, plumbing, or HVAC contractor, you must first be licensed by the State of Ohio. For information, call the Industry Licensing Board at 614.644.3493.

To avoid prosecution and demolition (of condemned properties), all code violations must be corrected within 30 days. You have the right to appeal the violation notice at the Board of Building Standards, room 516 at Cleveland City Hall (601 Lakeside Ave). For more information on the appeal process, call 216.664.2418.

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