Permits

The City of Westlake Department of Engineering is requesting that all permit applications be submitted to us through our web application or by mail. If applying for a permit online, once it’s approved we will contact you with fees for you to pay by check. Once the check is received, we will send you an electronic copy of your permit. If applying through the mail please include your check with your application and a email address so that we can send you an electronic copy of your permit. Hard copies of permits can be mailed to your office by request. 

Please note all applications need to have a sketch of work to be completed and conditions of permit signed off. 

 

Important: Given staffing limitations during the coronavirus containment effort, we have increased the required advance notice for inspections to 48 hours, rather than 24 hours. 


The following inspections are required:

  1. Mobilization (i.e. the day you are going to start working).
  2. After all forms are set (i.e. pre-pour) All Pre-Pours are to be called in the DAY BEFORE concrete is ordered. Concrete is NOT to be ordered until you have an APPROVED inspection.
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Call 811 before You Dig

Whether your planned improvements require a permit or not, by law, everyone MUST contact Ohio Utilities Protection Service (O.U.P.S.) at 8-1-1 or (800) 362-2764 at least 48 hours, but no more than 10 business days (excluding weekends and legal holidays), before beginning any digging or excavation work.

This new federally mandated 8-1-1 number was created to help individuals from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines while working on digging projects. This includes, but is not limited to, digging fence post holes, anchoring supports for decks and swing sets, planting trees, and installing a mailbox. It’s a free service, and it is the law. Visit Ohio Utilities Protection Service for additional information.

Flat Work Concrete or Asphalt 


Flat work consist of driveways, patios, sidewalks, walkways, etc. In order to place flat work concrete or asphalt within the City of Westlake, you must obtain a permit through the Engineering Department; Westlake City Hall, 27700 Hilliard Boulevard. In 2015 City Council passed an Ordinance, which amended section 1221.11 of the Zoning Code. Ordinance No. 2015-71

To apply for a Permit:
 

Conditions of Concrete Permits

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  • Inspections required: Mobilization and Pre-Pour (after all forms are set) Concrete is NOT to be ordered until you have an APPROVED inspection.
  • 24-hour notice is required prior to ALL inspections
  • Permits for garage floors are issued through the Building Department, Cost is $25.25
  • No dumping/obstructing street with material (Code 311-01"D)
  • Plywood is required to be laid on city streets during all work activities
  • Contractors must have filled out and passed the Erosion and Siltation Control TestOpens a New Window.
All sidewalks and aprons that are concrete must remain concrete.

Storm/Sanitary Sewer Repair or Installation


For storm and sanitary repairs/installs outside of five feet (5') from the home a permit needs to be obtained through the Engineering Department. This work includes but is not limited to backflow valves, cleanout install, exterior crocks, exterior sump pump, and sewer line repairs.

To apply for a Permit

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Conditions of Sewer Permits:

  • Inspections required: Mobilization and prior to backfilling
  • 24-hour notice is required prior to ALL inspections
  • No dumping/obstructing street with material (Code 311-01"D)
  • Plywood is required to be laid on city streets during all work activities

Grading Permit


You will need a grading permit any time you are changing the grade in your yard. For example, excessive landscaping, putting in or filling a in-ground pool, adding dirt, yard drains, paver patios and swales, building a mound or an addition may change the grade.

To apply for a Permit:

 

Conditions of Grading Permits:

  • Inspections required: Mobilization and prior to backfilling
  • 48-hour notice is required prior to all inspections
  • No dumping/obstructing street with material (Code 311-01"D)
  • Plywood is required to be laid on city streets during all work activities
  • Contractors must  have filled out and passes the Erosion and Siltation Control Test

Street Opening, Home Demolition, Boring and Public Utility Work


There is a deposit due with this permit, which varies from $500 on up, depending on the amount and location of work to be done.
To obtain this permit, you must submit a plan or drawing(s) for the engineer's approval. No open cutting 
 

To apply for a Permit:

  

Conditions of Street Opening, Home Demolition, Boring and Public Utility Permits:

    • Inspections required: Mobilization and prior to Backfilling
    • 24-hour notice is required prior to all inspections
    • No dumping/obstructing street with material (Code 311-01"D)
    • All street openings must be repaired within 48 hours.

Permit for Curb Cuts

A curb cut permit is issued for horizontal cut of a roadway curb, the cuts are approximately 1 1/2" above the roadway to allow vehicular access to a parcel. There is a minimum fee of $50 for a new curb cut, if the cut is more than 25', the fee is $2 per foot.

To apply for a Permit:

  
 

Conditions of Curb Permits:

  
  • Inspections required: Mobilization and after forms are set
  • 48-hour notice is required prior to all inspections
  • No dumping/obstructing street with material (Code 311-01"D)
  • Plywood is required to be laid on city streets during all work activities

Waterproofing

Single family residence waterproofing permits are issued through the Building Department after the Engineering Department has performed a dye test on the dwelling's storm water system. The home owner has the right to waive the dye test, in order to do so we must have this wavier signed and returned to the Engineering Department. See our  Waterproofing Guidelines (PDF) for more information.
  


New Home Construction


In order to get Approved Occupancy form, the Engineering Dept the following items are required; apron/driveway and sidewalks installed, yard inlets and swales installed as shown on TOPO, and finish grade completed as shown on TOPO.


Questions or Concerns


If you have any questions, please contact the Engineering Department at 440-617-4145, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or by email.

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