Director of Community Development
Note: These applications can be mailed, faxed or
submitted in person to the
Beginning January 1, 2012 - "No Fee Senior Permits" for the year 2012:
1. All permit fees for persons over 65 years of
age shall be waived for repair and or/maintenance of existing residential homes.
Any repair of windows and doors; repair and replacement of siding and roofing;
repair of garages, decks, storage buildings, sidewalks, handicap accessories,
driveways, fences; replacement of water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners; any
appliance replacement such as a dishwasher, garbage disposals, water closets,
sinks, cabinets, floor coverings, wall coverings, insulation, or anything
related to repair and/or maintenance.
2. All permit fees for persons over 65 years of
age shall be waived for new fences, storage buildings less than 200 square feet
in area, providing they own the property and reside at the same with the
exception of remodeling and additions in excess of $10,000.00 time and material
3. "No Fee Senior Permits" shall not
include any new electrical installations, basement waterproofing or new plumbing
that requires the installation of tie-ins, traps, or taps to any sanitary sewer
or storm water drainage system.
4. The Mayor shall be permitted to revoke "No
Fee Senior Permits" for economic reasons at any time with the approval of
the simple majority of Council.
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Permit Tips for Homeowners
Remodeling or adding
improvements to your home?
What are permits and why do I need one?
When do I need a
When don't I need a permit?
do I get a permit?
How long does it take
to get a permit?
What about other
approvals or permits?
What if I don't get a permit?
Who should obtain the permit?
do the work myself or do I have to hire a contractor?
up the plans?
about a contractor?
What if I have a permit but never called for inspections?
Remodeling or adding improvements to your home?
Home owners thinking about remodeling their home or adding other
improvements, such as decks, spas or retaining walls, many times have a
number of questions about building permits.
This information is designed to give
homeowners basic knowledge of when construction permits and other
approvals are required by the city of North Royalton. It also answers
some of the most frequently asked questions and offers tips from the
Since each construction project is
unique, we invite you to call the city's Building Department, (440)
582-3000, for answers to your specific questions.
What are permits and
why do I need one?
Permits are the way the city of North
Royalton regulates construction. This is designed to ensure that all
construction in the city is safe. The safety of the occupants of
buildings is the primary reason for having construction codes. The city
of North Royalton has adopted several codes, among them the Ohio Build
Code (OBC), International Mechanical Code, International Plumbing Code,
and the National Electric Code. In addition, there are federal, state
and local laws that govern construction, such as those covering energy
Obtaining a permit is just the first
step in the process. In this step, you may need to create plans to
submit to the department, make a plot plan for your property showing the
improvements, and show the type of construction you'll be using.
The city has handouts to help you
through this process.
Once plans are approved, you're
required to build the project to those plans. If any changes are made to
the plans, they must be made with the city's approval.
The second half of the process is the
inspection of the work. More about that later.
When do I need a construction permit?
A construction permit is needed for all
new construction. In many cases, a permit is needed for repair or
replacement of existing fixtures, such as replacing windows. A plumbing,
electrical or mechanical permit maybe needed for any addition or changes
to a building's existing system; for example, moving or adding an
electrical outlet requires a permit.
To find out if your project needs a
permit, call (440) 582-3000.
I need a permit?
A construction permit is not needed for
items such as wallpapering, painting or similar finish work. For
plumbing, mechanical and electrical work, replacement or repair of
fixtures (such as changing water faucets or replacing switches) does not
normally require a permit. Replacing a water heater or adding a
permanently wired light fixture does, however, require a permit.
Where do I get
Construction permits are issued at the
city's Building Department, 11545 Royalton Rd.
How long does it take to get a permit?
Permit issuance periods vary. Some
projects can be fully permitted over-the-counter, meaning a return trip
won't be needed. Some projects, however, require that plans be left for
What about other approvals or permits?
Other government agencies may need to
review and approve your project. The city will inform you of these
reviews at the time plans are submitted.
What if I
don't get a permit?
If a permit, when needed, is not obtained
before construction, you have violated city codes and regulations;
you'll be subject to fines and penalties. You'll be required to obtain
permits for the work and it must pass inspection, or you'll have to
return the structure or site to its original condition.
Remember... construction codes were
created for safety reasons. Work built without a permit can be unsafe,
no matter how good it looks.
obtain the permit?
Owners should have their contractors
obtain permits in they’re behalf for liability reasons. Contractors must
be registered by North Royalton. The homeowner can also obtain the
Can I do the
work myself or do I have to hire a contractor?
You can do the work yourself, but you
must follow certain regulations.
Build to the plans:
Be sure to follow your approved plans, whether they are drawn by an
architect or designer or are standard construction requirements given to
you by the city. If you change the plans while building the structure,
this will cause problems when the project is inspected. If you do decide
to make changes, check with the city's plan review staff or your field
Who draws up the
Qualified individuals such as a draftsman
can usually draw up plans for projects such as room additions. Other
projects may require plans prepared and signed by an architect or
engineer licensed by the State of Ohio.
For projects such as routine sheds,
decks or pools, the city has standard specifications that can be
followed within certain limitations. The department accepts those
specifications, together with a plot plan showing your project, as
In addition, some kit-type projects
come with construction plans. Before you buy, call (440) 582-3000 to
make sure your kit is accepted; then just bring the instruction sheet or
other documentation along when you apply for your permit it serves as
What about a
The city requires that you deal only with
a contractor registered by the city of North Royalton. For liability
reasons you should require the contractor to secure permits for your
project. Homeowners holding permits in their name are assuming
responsibility for the project.
It is your responsibility to call us for
inspections at specific times during construction. You may have your
contractor make the call, but it is still your responsibility, as the
property owner, to make sure the inspections are made. Inspections are
made during certain points in the project, depending on the work that's
being performed. For example, sheds require inspections of the footing,
concrete slab, and when all work is finished.
Remember... the project is not
complete for legal purposes until it has passed the final inspection.
What if I
have a permit but never called for an inspection?
Generally, permits expire after 180 days
if no inspections have been made. In order for the project to be
complete, it must pass final inspection. If a permit expires before
final inspection, the project is in violation of city codes. If this is
your case, call (440) 582-3000. We'll help you to reactivate the permit
or apply for another with as little inconvenience as possible. Our
interest is in seeing your project complete... including the final
Should you have any other questions, please call us at
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