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Building Department

The purpose of the Building Department is to partner with residents and business owners to ensure their buildings are constructed in a way that safeguards the health, safety, property, and overall public welfare of the community.

The City of Shaker Heights Building Department is the gateway for all building construction activities occurring in the city. The department has both Residential and Commercial Building certifications as recognized by the Ohio Board of Building Standards. As such, it is responsible for the approvals for all building, plumbing, electrical and HVAC work performed in the City. This process includes plans approval, building permit issuance, and building inspections. Additionally, the Building Department is responsible for contractor registration, commercial occupancy inspections, collection of building fees, commercial nuisance abatement, and reporting construction statistics to outside entities.

Real Estate Point of Sale transactions, Housing Code enforcement, Housing Certificates of Occupancy and all other housing issues not related to building construction permit activities are handled by Housing Inspection, 216-491-1470.

By the numbers:

  • Plan Approval: 1,100 annually
  • Permit Issuance: 3,000 annually
  • Building Construction Inspections by State Certified Inspectors: 3,800 annually
  • Contractor Registration: 1,100 annually
  • Commercial Property Maintenance: 250 Businesses Inspected Every Two Years

Additional Information for Contractors and Homeowners

Building Department Service Counter Hours

Effective June 19, 2017, the Building Department service counter hours are:

Monday thru Friday (excluding holidays): 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

The Building Department remains available to answer questions or schedule inspections Monday through Friday until 5:00 pm via phone or email. Additionally, all completed applications, plans, or materials can be left with the City Hall receptionist until 5:00 pm and will be processed the following business day.

On occasion, due to fluctuations in staffing, the Building Department may close for lunch.

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3400 Lee Road
Shaker Heights, OH 44120-3493

Monday, January 21, 2019


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