Building Department

Mission Statement

The Building Department seeks to use experience and knowledge gained to render consistent, fair, effective enforcement of the building and zoning codes while maintaining a positive, courteous, helpful and professional demeanor in order to provide the residents and visitors of the City of Berea with relatively safe, hazard free, structurally sound buildings and properties for their use and enjoyment.

Department Responsibilities

The Building Department is responsible for processing permits and the inspection of permitted work for new residential and commercial construction, as well as residential and commercial remodeling, alterations and additions. Permits are required for electrical, plumbing HVAC and building construction. In addition the Building Department handles abandoned property inspections, leasing and multifamily permits and point of sale inspections. 

Current Commercial Building Codes

As of November 1, 2017, the following Code Enforcement Requirements are effective:

Board of Building Standards Website

  • 2017 Ohio Building Code (based upon the 2015 IBC)
  • 2017 Ohio Mechanical Code (based upon the 2015 IMC)
  • 2017 Ohio Plumbing Code (based upon the 2015 IPC)
  • 2011 Ohio Fire Code (based upon the 2009 IFC)
  • 2015 International Fuel Gas Code
  • Ohio Energy Code, Chapter 13, 2017 Ohio Building Code
    • 2012 International Energy Conservation Code; 
    • 2010 ASHRAE 90.1