Building Department

The Building Department is asking to still utilize the drop box located in the foyer of City Hall, open 24/7. This precaution will help ensure the health and safety of City of Berea residents, employees, and visitors.

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.

2024 CODE UPDATE INFORMATION 

Effective March 1, 2024, the Ohio Building Code (OBC), Ohio Mechanical Code (OMC), and the Ohio Plumbing Code (OPC) will be updated to be based upon the 2021 International model codes. Additionally, the new Ohio Existing Building Code (OEBC) based on the 2021 International Existing Building Code is also effective March 1, 2024. Free online access to the entire 2024 OBC, OMC, OPC and OEBC are available on ICC's Ohio Digital Bookshelf: Ohio Building Codes - ICC Digital Codes (iccsafe.org)  https://codes.iccsafe.org/codes/ohio  . The following is in response to inquiries from designers and building department personnel inquiring which codes would apply to projects submitted for plan review prior to, on or after the effective date of new codes or amendments released by the Board.

 

Submittals to the building department prior to March 1, 2024: Proposed building designs (new buildings, additions, alterations, and changes of occupancy) which are submitted to the building department prior to the effective date of the new codes will be subject to the requirements of the codes in effect at the time of first application for plan review for that proposed building design. For example, an owner submits an application for phased plan approval along with foundation drawings for a new building design on February 29, 2024. The code that applies for the foundation and all subsequent approvals issued for the new building including all the new building systems (mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection) would be the code in effect on February 29, 2024 (the 2017 OBC with amendments through August 1, 2018). 

 

Submittals to the building department on or after March 1, 2024: All proposed building designs (new buildings, additions, alterations, and changes of occupancy) which are submitted to the building department on or after March 1, 2024 will be subject to the new codes. 


The determining date is the date that application is made to the building department, not the date that application is made to any other political subdivision’s department such as zoning, site work/engineering, utilities, etc.


Current Non-Residential and Residential Building Codes

Building Codes

        Ohio Building Code

  • 2017 Ohio Building Code (2015 IBC)
  • 2017 Ohio Mechanical Code (2015 IMC)
  • 2017 Ohio Plumbing Code (2015 IPC)
  • 2017 Ohio Fire Code (2015 IFC)
  • 2017 National Electrical Code (NFPA 70-17)
  • 2016 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code (NFPA 72-16)
  • 2016 Installation of Sprinkler Systems (NFPA 13-16)
  • 2015 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC-15)
  • 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC-12) or ASHRAE 90.1-2010
  • Accessibilty: Standards for Accessible Design (ICC A117.1-09 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities)

         Residential Code of Ohio

  • 2019 Residential Code of Ohio (2018 IRC)
  • 2017 Ohio Mechanical Code (2015 IMC)
  • 2017 Ohio Plumbing Code (2015 IPC)
  • 2017 Ohio Fire Code (IFC 15)
  • 2017 National Electrical Code (NFPA 70-17)
  • 2016 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code (NFPA 72-16)
  • 2016 Installation of Sprinkler Systems (NFPA 13-16)
  • 2018 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC-18)
  • 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC-18)
  • Plan Approvals, Permit Applications, Planning Commission Applications, and Contractor Applications can be mailed, emailed, faxed, or placed in the drop box located in lobby of the main entrance to City Hall. All forms can be found at: http://cityofberea.org/153/Permits

            Mail: City of Berea

                     Building Department

                     11 Berea Commons

                     Berea, OH 44017

            Fax#: 440-826-4800

            Email: buildingdept@cityofberea.org

  • Large Construction plans for review can be dropped off with Security located at City Hall entrance. Plans and application less than 25 MB can be emailed.
  • Payments can be made by check or cash via the U.S. mail or placed in the drop box. Please contact the Building Department to verify cost. Online payments can be made if an account has been created.
  • If you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment, please call (440) 826-5812