You are here: Home > Departments > Building Department > Building Permit Requirements

Building Permit Requirements


The issuance of a permit notifies the local municipality that work is being performed and prompts an inspection to assure that minimum standards to safeguard life, limb, health, property and public welfare are maintained and followed.

When Required

Building permits shall be obtained before proceeding with any excavation, grading, construction, alteration, repair, moving or demolition of any dwelling or appurtenant structure. Separate permits shall also be obtained for electrical work, plumbing work, heating, air conditioning and all other equipment that are essential features in the use of the dwelling (or other structure). The following pages of this Guidebook lists many types of repairs or improvements residents may be contemplating and lists information regarding permit requirements.

To Whom Permits are Issued

Permits are issued to the person, owner or contractor who shall physically perform the work for which the permit was sought. Contractors shall have a valid and current registration, or license, before applying for a permit.


The person to whom a permit has been issued shall be responsible for requesting periodic inspections of work completed at each of the following stages of construction, before covering or concealing work: installation of footing drains, building drains and building sewers, completion of foundation and waterproofing, during framing of the superstructure, the completion of roughing in the plumbing, electrical wiring, gas piping, heating ducts or piping or other similar service installations. Before closing in all structural elements, and upon final completion of the structure.

Permit Responsibility

It shall be the responsibility of the person to whom a permit has been issued to comply with all applicable housing codes and to install such work in a quality and workmanlike manner.

Where Permits are Obtained

Permits are obtained at the Building Department office at Brooklyn City Hall, 7619 Memphis Avenue. Applications are accepted Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 12:00 noon and from 1:00pm to 4:30pm. No permits are issued between 12 noon and 1:00pm.

Registration of Contractors

Ordinance No. 1994-93 requires that contractors performing work in this City be registered with the City of Brooklyn Building Department. Definition: "Contractor" – a person, corporation, partnership, firm, or other business association which either negotiates a written or oral contract and/or performs physical labor for consideration.

Registration Requirements

All contractors engaged in the trade or occupation of building, constructing, altering, repairing, painting, moving, demolition, plastering, masonry work, roofing work, paving, fencing, landscaping, snow plowing, or any other similar type of work, shall duly register as a contractor.All contractors engaged in performing work relative to the four safety mechanical trades, "electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning", shall provide a copy of their current State of Ohio or City of Cleveland license before performing this type of work.


All contractors shall carry current liability and property damage insurance and shall provide proof by furnishing a "Certificate of Insurance" naming the City of Brooklyn as certificate holder ($100,000/$300,000 liability and $50,000 property damage).

Contractor Responsibility

Contractors who become registered in the City of Brooklyn shall warrant or be presumed to have warranted that all work performed and all materials to be supplied by contract are in compliance with all applicable ordinances of the City unless the contractor has actual knowledge of any deficiencies or noncompliance at the time the contract is entered into.

Registration Revocation or Suspension

  1. The Building Commissioner may suspend for a period of not to exceed six months or revoke an certificate of registration issued under the provisions of this chapter for any of the following reasons:
    1. Misrepresentation of a material fact by the applicant in obtaining registration or renewal thereof;
    2. Use of a registration in obtaining permits for another person;
    3. Faulty or defective workmanship;
    4. Departure from or disregard of plans and specifications filed with the application for a permit;
    5. The noncompliance with or violation of any provision of the Building Code;
    6. Failure to secure permits, inspections and approvals required by the Building Code;
    7. Failure or refusal to correct a violation of the Building Code;
    8. Unethical business practices, or conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude.
  2. A registrant whose registration has been suspended or revoked may appeal such order of suspension or revocation to the Board of Zoning and Building Appeals. Such appeal shall be made within twenty days after receipt of the Commissioner's order of suspension or revocation. The Board may affirm, reverse or modify any action taken by the Building Commissioners.

Please call the Building Department for required permits at 216-635-4203.