The Building Department, located at City Hall, serves to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public and to enhance the general quality of life through interpretation and enforcement of the Westlake building codes as well as other applicable regulations governing construction and land uses.
The department provides supervision of construction activities, acceptance of building applications, issuance of all building and mechanical permits and the registration of contractors. They plan verification of compliance with the Ohio Building Code, Residential Code of Ohio (RCO) (PDF) and Westlake Zoning Code. The department maintains existing properties through the use of the Westlake Property Maintenance Code and the licensing of existing apartment buildings and all 1, 2 and 3 family structures used as rentals, excluding condominiums.
May is Building Safety Month!
Safe and proper construction is a top priority for our staff! We are joining jurisdictions worldwide in May to raise awareness of building safety during Building Safety Month. Every week has a theme that underscores the importance of building and remodeling to current codes and standards. Stop by our offices in City Hall to pick up information brochures. Building Safety Month page
Contractors' Responsibility for Permits and Inspections
As noted above, contractors are responsible for obtaining permits and scheduling inspections. Permits are required for hot water heater, furnace, and air conditioning replacements, remodels, additions, sheds, fences, decks, roofs, etc. Permits and Contractor Information
The City of Westlake does NOT offer a Point of Sale Inspection when a dwelling is being sold.