5827 Highland Road, Highland Heights, OH 44143 • (440) 461-2440, fax (440) 461-9062

Building Department

Building PlansThe City's Building Department is responsible for all commercial and residential construction as well as all building, zoning and regulatory matters. State-certified inspectors review all commercial or residential building plans, projects and construction elements, providing building permits and zoning approvals in an efficient and effective manner.

Please contact the Building Department with any questions regarding permits, policies, forms or for more information.  Information is also available at the Building Department counter. The Building Department follows the Residential Code of Ohio and the Ohio Building Code which is available at the Mayfield Branch of the Cuyahoga County Library.



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The program can answer home maintenance and rehab questions and provide an impartial opinion – they are not selling any product or service.  In addition, qualified homeowners can take advantage of low interest financing options to complete these projects.



Permits are required for all new commercial and residential construction including plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning and related elements. Permits are also required for all interior renovations and home improvements including:

  • Fences (see zoning specifications) [link to info]
  • Decks
  • Pools
  • Porches
  • Roofing and siding
  • Sheds (see zoning specifications) [link to info]
  • Signs
  • When any structure is erected or enlarged
  • For any business use, including a home business

Permits are NOT required for minor alterations. Please contact the Building Department at (440) 442-7403 if you are unsure whether your project requires a permit.  Homeowners can obtain permits and perform work on his/her own property. 

Permit Costs
Commercial and residential permit fees can be found in Chapter 1311 of the Building Code. All fee schedules are also available in the Building Department. 

Is contractor registration required?
Applications and guidelines are available in the Building Department. The fee for a general contractor is $100.  Fee for a sub-contractor is $50.

How do I know how a parcel of land is zoned?
Zoning maps and zoning code books are available on the Zone and Ward Map

Forms and Permits


Planning and Zoning Commission

Charter of the City of Highland Heights; Section 6.04.01:

The Commission shall have the power and duty to consider, recommend approval or disapproval before any other action is taken thereon regarding the following:

  • The plan, design, location, removal, relocation and alteration of any streets or Municipal property including public and private utilities.
  • The location, relocation, widening, extension and vacation of streets, parkways, playgrounds, and other Municipal places.
  • The approving of plans for the subdivision, consolidation or division of any land.
  • The zoning of the Municipality for any lawful purpose or purposes.

The Commission shall have power to hear and determine appeals from refusal of building, zoning and use permits and to permit exceptions to and variations from the Zoning and Building Code regulations in individual cases as may be required to afford justice and avoid unreasonable hardship to property owners or users in accordance with standards established by ordinance of Council.

Planning and Zoning meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 8:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chamber.  The Commission does not meet on the 4th Monday during July or the 2nd Monday during August. Submissions must be made no later than Wednesday at 4:30 PM prior to the meeting in order to be placed on the agenda.

Submit variance application with $50.00 fee along with appropriate number of drawings (12 sets for non-residential, 9 sets for residential) to the Building Department

Attendance is required by the applicant or representative for all scheduled meetings. 

Planning and Zoning Meeting Agendas and Minutes


Board of Zoning Appeals

Charter of the City of Highland Heights; Section 6.06.01:

The Board shall meet at the call of its Chairman to hear and determine appeals filed from decisions of the Planning and Zoning Commission. The Board shall review all records of the Planning and Zoning Commission pertaining to a matter appealed and shall render a decision on all appeals within 45 days from the date of filing same with the Secretary of the Board. The Board may affirm, amend or supersede a decision of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Board of Building and Zoning Appeals Minutes


Architectural Review Board (ARB) meetings:
2nd and 4th Monday at 1:30 p.m. (Building Department)
Please bring an application with associated review fees and three (3) sets of plans to an ARB review.  Submittals must be received by noon on the Wednesday preceding the scheduled meeting, so it may be placed on the agenda.  A handout is available in the Building Department with blueprint requirements. 


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