Building & Housing


The goal of the Building Department is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public through the interpretation and enforcement of Garfield Heights building codes, zoning codes, and other applicable regulations governing construction and land uses.


The Building Department:

  • Issues permits (building/mechanical/electrical/plumbing)
  • Provides plan verification for compliance with the Ohio Building Code, NEC, Residential Code of Ohio for 1, 2, and 3 Family Dwellings, and the Garfield Heights Planning/Zoning Codes
  • Provides registration of contractors
  • Provides supervision of construction activities


The Building Department also inspects properties, which in turn helps to maintain property values, through the enforcement of the Garfield Heights Exterior Maintenance Code, Point-of-Sale Inspection Procedure, and Rental Property Registrations/Inspections.

Submitting Applications

The Building Department is open to the public from 8:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Please enter the building no later than 3:30 p.m. to ensure enough time before closure. The public may submit applications via fax to 216-475-6081, or via email to, (please note emails will be processed within 2 business days).


The Building Department accepts the following forms of payment: credit cards, checks, or cash.

Cuyahoga County Property Demolition

View the list of homes scheduled for demolition in Garfield Heights. Homes need proper notice to all lien holders before they are eligible to be officially placed on the demolition list.