Building & Housing

The Building and Housing Department of Warrensville Heights is very proud of the residential and business components of our community. All residents and businesses are encouraged to maintain a clean, healthy, and safe environment. The Building and Housing Department is responsible for inspections and assuring the proper maintenance and enforcement of code ordinances in Warrensville Heights. 

One of the main purposes of the Building Department is to ensure that residential and commercial structures are constructed to safeguard the health, safety, property, and public welfare of the community. The City of Warrensville Heights manages all construction activities within the city. Our Building Department is State Certified, recognized by the Ohio Board of Building Standards, and responsible for the approvals for all Building, Electrical, Plumbing, and HVAC work. Please contact us for information regarding plan approval, permit issuance, and permit inspections. 

The Building Department maintains a list of registered contractors for all trades and is available upon request.

Citizenserve Online Permitting

The City is excited to announce that we have made permitting easier through Citizenserve, a fully automated online cloud based computing platform for all your Building Department needs. This system can be used by our Inspectors for Code Enforcement and it also has an Online Customer Portal that can be accessed by residents and contractors to submit and make payments for Business Licensing, Permitting, and Planning & Zoning.  Looking to file a complaint?  You can do that too through the Online Customer Portal.  

Click this link to get started with Citizenserve

Housing & Maintenance

The purpose of the Housing and Maintenance of Property codes is to establish minimum standards necessary to make all dwellings fit for human habitation and beneficial to public welfare. In general, this means all exterior and interior areas must be in good repair and capable of performing the function for which they were intended. All areas must be free of the following:

  • Cracked and broken driveways and sidewalks
  • Deteriorated gutters and downspouts
  • Deteriorated windows and doors
  • Fire hazards
  • Litter and debris
  • Peeling or blistering paint
  • Sources which may breed insects, vermin or rodents

Codified Ordinances

Today, the City of Warrensville Heights has over 1,000 codified ordinances in effect for the safety and welfare of the community and its residents. The Building Department is certified by the State of Ohio and is charged with enforcement of the Ohio Building Code, Residential Code of Ohio and ICC International Property Maintenance Code. This division also handles the licensing of general, electrical, plumbing and heating and air conditioning contractors.

Affidavit of Property Owner 

The Affidavit of Property Owner Form is required and must be completed and notarized along with a copy of a Driver’s License, State Identification, or U.S. Passport. This form is to be submitted with Non-Owner Occupied Residential Property Registrations, Residential Point of Sale Inspection, Commercial Point of Sale Inspection, Vacant Building Registration, Violation Extension Form, Residential Occupancy Permit, Commercial Occupancy Permit, and Homeowners Affidavit Form. 

Click to download the Affidavit of Property Owner form


All fees must be in the form of company check, certified check, credit card, or money order. We do not accept cash or personal checks.