Permits & Forms

When Permits are Required
Permits are required for all new construction, remodeling, renovation, demolition, major repair, moving of structure, occupancy, and any other work except minor repairs and finish work in or on all commercial, industrial, and residential structures.  All contractors must be registered to work in the city.  Obtaining a permit will help ensure that the work is completed correctly and safely. When in doubt call us at 330-562-9564 or visit our office for specific information regarding your project.

General Information
Permits are issued for residential or commercial/industrial uses on the basis of what type and extent of work is to be done.  The time needed to issue a permit varies based on what reviews need to be done by which city departments and boards.  Building permits for smaller repairs and replacement of roofs, siding, hot water tanks, and such items can be issued at our counter the same day.
Before a permit is issued all general contractors and all subcontractors must be registered with the city. See Contractor Registration for forms and information (contractor registration).  Homeowners are exempt from this registration when they obtain permits to work on projects involving their own properties.
  1. Commercial & Industrial
Commercial and Industrial Permit Applications
Commercial or industrial permits do not have an expiration date.  Commercial and industrial permits become invalid if work is not commenced within twelve months.  Both types of permits become invalid if work is suspended for six months after work is begun.  In all such instances, extensions may be granted.

Change of Occupancy (PDF)

Commercial or Industrial Accessory Structures (PDF)

Commercial or Industrial Additions (PDF)

Commercial or Industrial Exterior Alterations (PDF)

Commercial or Industrial Interior Alterations (PDF)

Commerical or Industrial New Buildings (PDF)

Concrete or Asphalt Paving (PDF)

Signs (PDF)

Residential Permit Applications


Residential projects are defined as projects occurring on any property with one, two or three family dwelling units. Permits are good for one year from the date of issuance. Residential permits become invalid if work is not commenced within six months. Permits become invalid if work is suspended for six months after work is begun.  In all such instances, extensions may be granted.