Lighthouse

About Building Department

Functions

The Department was established to administer and enforce the provisions of the Lorain Building, Housing and Zoning Codes plus the National Electric Code and State Building, Plumbing and Elevator Codes.
The Department’s two primary functions:

  • Plan Examination and
  • Code Enforcement

The Department registers building contractors, issues permits, maintains records, inspects all new construction and major rehabilitations engages in systematic code enforcement programs for existing properties and provides nuisance abatement to properties and buildings in disrepair.

Mission Statement

To contribute to Lorain’s urban renaissance by preserving and strengthening neighborhoods through ambitious code enforcement.

Code Services

To inspect structures for the purpose of enforcing the City of Lorain’s building, housing and zoning codes and to Ohio’s Building Codes, maintain uniform standards and requirements of residential, commercial and individual buildings.

Future Plans

  • Foster higher levels of expertise in the building inspection department by encouraging education and growth among existing staff.
  • Develop Housing Division to spearhead property maintenance and zoning issues.
  • A Revenue Development to insure all funds currently allowed by legislation are collected for the common good and stability of the city.
  • Re-establish City of Lorain Board of Building Commission to further reinforce standard for quality in residences, buildings, and structures throughout the City of Lorain.