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Building Department

5407 Turney Road, Second Floor

Garfield Heights, Ohio 44125

Phone: (216) 475-3835
Fax: (216) 475-6081
Monday - Friday 8:30am – 12:00pm and 1:00pm – 5:00pm

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

The Building Department provides supervision of construction activities, issuance of all building/mechanical/electrical/plumbing permits, registration of contractors, 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.

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.

Building Commissioner
Mr. Mark Moro
Phone: (216) 475-3835

Point-of-Sale Inspections

Point-of-Sale inspections are required for all structures being sold, transferred, or otherwise conveyed. The exteriors/interiors of the properties are inspected; a Compliance Certificate is required for transfer of title.

The requirements for the Compliance Certificate for title transfer are as follows:

The buyer must complete the “Buyer’s Acknowledgement Form”, have notarized and original returned to the office. If the purchaser is a business, an agent must be designated, and if the business is located outside the state of Ohio, that business must register with the Ohio Secretary of State as a foreign corporation (before the Compliance Certificate can be issued), and must also designate an Ohio agent.

If there are outstanding violations that the buyer is assuming, an “Affidavit” must also be completed, notarized and original returned to the office. Seller’s signature on the affidavit is not required on bank owned, Fannie Mae, or Freddie Mac properties only. Buyer is given 90 days from the date of transfer to do the repairs.

Effective through November 6, 2016, buyers will not be required to put repair funds into an escrow account for violations cited during the point of sale inspection. The affidavit and Acknowledgement forms must still be signed prior to transfer and repairs still must be made by the deadline (90 days from date of transfer).

Registration and Inspection of Rental Units

Rental of single or multi-family homes require owners to register the property, identify the occupants and schedule inspections of each unit. The fee is $100 for the first unit and $25 for each additional unit.

Annual registration and inspection of rental property is required. 


All contractors are required to register with the City in order to register permits.

The three forms below must be completed and submitted along with the $75 application fee (cash or check payable to City of Garfield Heights) to the City Building Department.


City of Garfield Heights requires notification of a foreclosure filing within ten days of that filing with the relevant court.
Please use the following form, and return with check payable to City of Garfield Heights. See Codified Section 1314.

Property Information Requirement

City of Garfield Heights also has a Property Information Form requirement. Please return this form. There is no fee associated with this form.


Permit applications may be obtained from the Building Department or downloaded in PDF format.

For information on Zoning and Building Codes and Permit Fees go to:

Zoning Code: Chapter 1100
Building Code: Chapter 1300
Permits/Fees: Chapter 1313
Housing Code: Chapter 1400
Please click here to download the Garfield Heights official zoning map.
Please click here to download the Garfield Heights official address map

Construction of new buildings and/or property owners who intend to construct new buildings and/or additions, are required to appear before the Planning Commission.

For information contact Allison Hull at or 216-475-3835.

New 1 or 2 family dwelling, addition, alteration, or accessory structure
plan requirements for additions and structural renovations
construction conformance requirements for garages
garage construction requirements

New commercial building, addition or alteration

Electrical Permit
Mechanical Permit
Plumbing Permit
Aluminum or vinyl siding
Residential roofing
Commercial flat roof
Concrete replacement
Asphalt paving
Swimming pool
Swimming pool requirements

Fence Permit with Legislation
Fence Application Process

Garage Sale Permit
Sign Application
Temporary Sign Application

Planning/Zoning Application

Cuyahoga County Property Demolition

Click here to 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.