Building, Housing and Planning Department

Mission Statement

To improve the quality of life for everyone in Lorain by revitalizing and redeveloping communities, promoting access to quality affordable housing, enforcing the property maintenance and building codes, planning for future needs of the City, and delivering unparalleled citizen centered permitting services.


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
  • 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.

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.

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