The Building Division is part of the Planning and Development Department. The Division is state-certified with offices located at City Hall in downtown Oberlin. This Division is staffed with certified Building Officials and Inspectors.
The Building Division administers the Ohio Building Code which is applicable to buildings containing more than three (3) dwelling units as well as commercial, institutional and industrial buildings. The Division also administers the Residential Code of Ohio which is applicable to one-, two- and three-family dwellings.
The City’s adoption of State building codes ensures that buildings in Oberlin are constructed, altered, and used in a manner that ensures public health and safety.
Building Division staff serves as staff support to the Housing Renewal Commission. That five (5) member Commission is appointed by City Council, and it has the authority to make recommendations to City Council on updates to the residential building code, and to hear appeals by building owners seeking variances to the requirements of that code.
A building permit must be obtained prior to new building construction or alterations as well as for electrical, plumbing, suppression systems, fire alarm systems or mechanical work. Permit application forms are available on-line or at the Division’s offices. The current permit fee schedule is also available on-line or by calling the Building Division.