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.
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
The City of Westlake does NOT offer a Point of Sale Inspection when a dwelling is being sold.