Building Department

Building Department Response to COVID-19

State of Emergency


As of March 19, 2020, the Building Department will be open by appointment only until the current State of Emergency declared by Governor DeWine has passed. This precaution will help ensure the health and safety of City of Berea residents, employees, and visitors during this public health emergency.

  • If you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment, please call (440) 826-5812.
  • 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.

The Building Department will perform exterior inspections, but is requesting that all non-critical interior permit inspections be postponed until April 6, 2020 at this time. Permits that were obtained for any interior renovation, addition, or alteration. Please contact the building department regarding the inspection procedure.

The Building Department will resume all inspections, when the current State of Emergency has been lifted. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.


Sincerely,

Michael McCourt

Building Commissioner

440) 826-5812

mmccourt@cityofberea.org

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 Non-Residential and Residential Building Codes

Board of Building Standards Website

        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)