Attention Contractors, Permit Holders:
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.
State of Ohio Board of Building Standards
The State of Ohio Board of Building Standards has adopted the 2019 update to the Residential Code of Ohio (RCO) based on the 2018 International Residential Code effective July 1, 2019. A free view of the electronic version of 2019 RCO is now available on Ohio’s bookshelf on the International Code Council’s website:
The 2019 RCO in rule form with a detailed summary is also available on the Board’s website: Residential Code of Ohio Effective July 1, 2019
If you have questions regarding the new residential code, please contact the Board Office at (614) 644-2613 or
About the Database
The registrations are valid for one year. Due to the volume of registrations received at the beginning of each year, the majority of the contractors may not be visible in the database until March.
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