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Building/Electrical Dept |

Building/Electrical Dept
Bond foreclosure release of balance form required for release of remaining funds pertaining to Codified Ordinance 154-14.
Building Permit Application
For roofing, siding, doors, windows, gutters, downspouts, demolition, etc.
Commercial Construction Plan Review/Permit Application
Contractor's Registration Application
Please read instructions carefully. This form is for all NEW registrations to exclude State License holders. Please use other forms for state certified Electrical, Plumbing and HVAC.
Contractor's Registration StateCertified/Renewal Application
If your registration expiration is over one (1) year... DO NOT USE this form!! (see other application)
Demolition Application
Electrical Permit Application
Fence Permit Application
For new fence or replacement fence.
Fence must be 1'off property line unless you bring letters from the abutting parcel owners stating their approval.
Foundation Repair/Replacement or Waterproofing Permit Application
Foundation Repair/Waterproofing
H.V.A.C. Permit Application
Meter Inspection Application
Ohio Edison requires the City of Lorain to do an Electrical Meter Inspection on properties that have been vacant for a year or longer.
Permit fee schedule
Plumbing Permit Application
Point of Sale Application
Effective January 1, 2014 Ordinance 173-13 establishing new Chapter 1539 "Certificate of Inspection" of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Lorain. Prior to transfer of real estate a "Point of Sale" inspection must be performed and approved.
Point of Sale Inspection Checklist/Code Descriptions
List of items inspected for Point of Sale. Please refer to Code Descriptions for details.
Point of Sale Notarized Statement of Assumption of Housing Violations Application
Effective January 1, 2014, The City of Lorain enacted Ordinance No. 173-13 in connection with the Point of Sale Program. This special notice is for buyers, sellers and/or agents desirous in transferring properties immediately upon the said inspection. Should a property require immediate transfer - prior to the allowable ninety (90) day repair period (Section 1539.02 (c)) - please notify the Department of Building, Housing & Planning in order for an escrow-related inspection to be scheduled. All escrow-related inspection cost estimates shall be provided by the City to the applicant within five (5) working days from request. A Certificate of Inspection will be issued once the escrow process has been followed and a Notarized Statement of Assumption of Housing Violations form has been submitted to the City of Lorain.
Point of Sale Ordinance
Ordinance 173-13 & 014-14

Rental Inspection Application
For Rental owners who require a Certificate of Occupancy (1 & 2 unit)
Residential Accessory & Additions Application
Applies to residential add on of all accessory structures such as sheds, decks, porches, awnings, pergolas, etc.
Plot plan and construction drawings may apply.
Sign Permit Application
Sign proposals must first be approved by the City of Lorain Design Review Board.

The Sign permit application is then submitted to the Building Dept. for processing and fees are determined. Upon payment of fees the permit is then issued.

Special Inspection/Certificate of Occupancy
For commercial property only.
Swimming Pool Application
Use this form for any in-ground or above-ground swiming, wading or other pool containing over one and one-half feet of water depth and having a surface area of 200 square feet or more.

Swimming pool must be fenced in, please refer to fence permit.

Pursuant to City of Lorain Codified Ordinance 154-14, effective January 1, 2015, The owner of any residential structure that has become abandoned or vacant as defined in this section shall, within thirty (30) days after the structure first becomes vacant; within thirty (30) days receiving notice that a structure is vacant; or within sixty (60) days after the effective date of this Chapter, whichever is later, file a Registration Statement for each structure with the Chief Building Official or their designee, on forms provided for such purposes. Any owner of a property which files a foreclosure action against said property, or for which a foreclosure action is pending or a judgment of foreclosure has been issued, shall, in addition to all other requirements of this section, provide a cash bond acceptable to Safety/Service Director or their designee, in the sum of not less than ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00), to assure the continued maintenance of the property throughout its vacancy and remunerate the City for any expenses incurred in inspecting, securing, repairing, marking and/or making such building safe by any legal means including but not limited to, demolition. A portion of said bond, in an amount to be determined by the Safety/Service Director, shall be retained by the City as an administrative fee to fund an account for expenses incurred in inspecting, securing, repairing and/or marking said building and other buildings which are involved in the foreclosure process or vacant.
Pursuant to City of Lorain Codified Ordinance 154-14, effective January 1, 2015; all vacant and/or abandoned homes within the municipality, must be registered with the City of Lorain. Registration fee is one hundred twenty-five dollars($125)annually, per vacant, residential structure.