City of Westlake
27700 Hilliard Blvd.
Westlake, OH 44145
M – F: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Building Department
27700 Hilliard Boulevard
Westlake, OH 44145
Phone: 440.617.4105
Fax: 440.617.4144

Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Building Department 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; registration of contractors: and plan verification of compliance with the Ohio Building Code, Residential Code of Ohio (RCO) 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 one, two, and three family structures used as rentals, excluding condominiums.


Building Department Staff

Director of Inspections, Chief Building Official
Donald P. Grayem

Property Maintenance &
Zoning Code Officer

Thomas Blue

Six multi-certified inspectors


Department Services
  • Reviewing and approving all structural plans for single family and commercial construction.
  • Issuing permits for construction including building, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC.
  • Registering contractors for the city of Westlake.
  • Investigating property maintenance and zoning code violations.
  • Inspecting and licensing all apartments in the city of Westlake.
  • Reviewing all development plans for commercial developments.
  • Processing requests for zoning variances.
  • Inspect and license all one, two, and three family structures used as rentals, excluding condominiums.


Rental Information



Building permits are needed for new and remodeling structural improvements of all commercial and residential -- homes, additions, garages, sheds, storage buildings, swimming pools, roofs, decks, siding, fences, signs, etc. before the commencement of work. Permits may be obtained from the Building Department or downloaded in PDF format. For a list of downloadable forms, permits and applications, click here.


Residential Code of Ohio

Residential Code of Ohio (RCO) effective Jan. 1, 2013 with latest amendments/update as issued by the state or Ohio Board of Building Standards. If you'd like to view the latest codes in its entirety, click here.



Radon Information


Fee schedules


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  • The contractors that appear on this list are currently registered in The City of Westlake. They are insured and bonded through their insurance companies.
  • We recommend that you obtain at least 3 estimates before you decide on a contractor. It is the contractor’s responsibility to obtain the permit and schedule inspections.
  • Many contractors wait until they contract a job before registering. If you decide to use a contractor that is not currently on our list, please call to confirm their registration status with us.