Building & Community Development

City Hall is currently closed to the public until further notice in an effort to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). However, City staff are still available daily to assist residents and applicants. Please contact staff for any assistance we can provide or to make an appointment with the Building & Community Development Department at 216-292-1914.

 Department Overview

The Building and Community Development Department is responsible for reviewing all submissions to the department regarding Planning and Zoning and Architectural Board of Review. We review and approve all construction documents prior to project commencing. We schedule all required inspections and answer questions related to aforementioned. Community Development's function is to coordinate and oversee all City of Beachwood long and short range Planning activities relating to development in the City. 

Please note: The Building & Community Development Department only accepts cash or check made payable to "City of Beachwood" (credit cards are not accepted).

The Building and Community Development Department’s primary functions are:
  • Review and approval of all residential and commercial plans for new construction or alterations/additions to existing structures.
  • Issuance of permits for building, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, fire suppression, fire alarms, garage sale, etc.
  • Inspection by state certified building, HVAC, plumbing and electrical inspectors.
  • Issuance of Certificates of Occupancy for new construction, major renovations or changes of use and names.
  • Provide lists of contractors (general, electric, HVAC and plumbing) who are registered with the City.

Need to find a reliable contractor?  Follow these helpful TIPS (PDF) provided by the Building Department.

Need assistance with home repairs? 

The Four Component (4COM) Home Repair Loan enables eligible low-and-moderate income homeowners in eligible Cuyahoga County communities to make repairs or replacements to the following four components of a home: Roof, Electrical, Plumbing, and HVAC/Furnace. 

The Home Enhancement Loan Program (HELP) allows homeowners to borrow money for home repair or remodeling projects. HELP has no restrictions on a borrower’s income and few limitations on what improvements can be made to a property. 

Through the Heritage Home Loan Program, the County partners with the Cleveland Restoration Society to help provide the funds you need to modernize your older home and make energy efficiency improvements.

View more information and online applications with the Cuyahoga County Department of Development.