Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I contact the Building and Housing office?

Call 216.664.2910 or send an email.

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Last updated: 03/24/2015 - 11:08am

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Can I get building permits online?

Not at this time, however all applications can be downloaded from this site here.

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Last updated: 04/08/2015 - 3:33pm

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Do I need a permit to do work on my own home?

You do not need a permit to paint and perform minor maintenance or repairs. However, a 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 for electrical, plumbing and HVAC work. The homeowner’s affidavit form is required with each homeowner’s permit application. You can get the forms here.

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Last updated: 04/08/2015 - 3:34pm

Q1359
How would I know if the home improvements I’m making require a permit?

There are three ways you can check:

  • Visit the permit guide page here
  • Contact the Department of Building and Housing at 216.664.2910
  • Send an email
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Building and Housing

Last updated: 04/08/2015 - 3:36pm

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Where can I find the list of general permit fees?
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Last updated: 06/12/2015 - 11:42am

Q1361
The power company will not turn my lights on without an electrical inspection, what should I do?

An electrical permit is required. Call the inspector whose name and number appears on the permit to make an appointment. Once approved, the city will call the power company and your service will be turned on.

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Last updated: 04/08/2015 - 3:40pm

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Do I need a permit to erect a fence at my house?

Yes. A site plan indicating the property boundaries, location, height, type of fence and its proximity to neighboring structures on adjacent properties, and application is required. For more information, see the fence regulations and sample residential site plan.

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Last updated: 04/08/2015 - 3:43pm

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Is there a special process to get a permit for a beehive or chicken coop?

No application or permit is required from the Building Department for a chicken coop or beehive unless the coop, cage, or enclosure is permanently affixed to the ground or another structure, or is more than 32 square feet in area or 8 feet in height. A license from the Health Department (216.664.2300), however, is required.

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Last updated: 01/25/2017 - 9:13am

Q1364
Does the city have a list of all contractors in good standing?

No, but once you have a contractor, you can confirm their registration by calling 216.664.2884.

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Last updated: 03/23/2015 - 5:09pm

Q1365
How do I become a registered contractor in the City of Cleveland?

All Building and Housing forms, including contractor registration forms can be found here. 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.

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Last updated: 04/10/2015 - 1:31pm

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