New Business Occupancy Requirements

A certificate of occupancy shall be obtained from the Building Commissioner by any person desiring to occupy, sell or let for occupancy a retail, commercial or industrial building, or any premises including off-street parking, nor shall anyone allow a building which they own or control or for which they are acting as agent of the owner to be occupied without obtaining a certificate of occupancy.

Change of Occupancy Permit


When submitting a Change of Tenant - Occupancy Permit Application the following item must be included:

  • Drawing of a floor plan of the proposed store or business
  • Drawing of plot plan showing number of parking spaces
  • Description of business

Signage Requirements


New signs require Planning Commission approval. Applicants are required to submit both a Sign Approval Application and Sign Permit Application.

The replacement of sign panels or temporary signage requires a Sign Permit Application.


Commercial Plan Requirements Remodel Projects.


Certificate of Plan Approval application and electronic plans should be emailed to Dawn Neal at dneal@brooklynohio.gov. A Building Department representative will contact you to confirm receipt and secure payment.

The plans examination fee is based on the size and scope of the project per the Ohio Building Code.

The applicant will be invoiced separately once the fee is determined by the city's contracted Plans Examiner.

Review process typically takes 2-3 weeks after payment.

If a resubmittal is required then an additional review fee invoice will be sent.

A written response to the review must be submitted.  

Once plans are approved we will issue the Certificate of Approval and stamped plans..

Certificate of Approval IS NOT A PERMIT. Application for permits should be submitted by the contractor performing the work

The Certificate of Plan approval and stamped plans must be printed and accessible on the jobsite.

Once the project is complete, As-Built drawings must be emailed to the Building Department.