General Permit Information

The City of Berea Building Department issues permits and conducts inspections for residential and commercial building, electrical, plumbing and HVAC work. Most work does require a permit before the work may begin. 

However, some work such as painting, carpeting, molding, and similar cosmetic work, does not require a permit. It is generally best to contact the Building Department before work begins to determine whether you need a permit.

Obtaining a Permit

In order to obtain a permit, you will need to complete an application. Application forms are available for download at the bottom of this page. All permit applications on this page must be submitted in person at the Building Department. If you would like to submit an online application please click here.

Emergency Circumstances

In emergency circumstances work can begin before a permit is obtained, but in such instances, a permit must be obtained on the first business following the emergency.


All permits require inspections and some permits require more than one inspection. Please inquire with the Building Department to determine what inspections are needed.

Inspections must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. When scheduling an inspection, you must have your permit number.

Residential Permits

Non - Residential Permits

Other Permits