Contact this Department

Michael  Gero
Building Official

6335 Selig Drive
Independence, Ohio 44131

Phone: (216) 524-1019
Fax: (216) 573-1592 

Hours of Service:
7:30 am to 4:30 pm M-F

Scheduling Inspections
Available Monday-Friday

Building Department

Welcome to the Independence Building Department. The Independence Building Department serves the needs of both residents, commercial property owners, and developers. This is where homeowners and contractors can obtain any and all permits needed to do work on their homes or businesses in the City. Building Official Michael Gero oversees the department and the processing of all building construction plan applications, and is a member of both the Architectural Board of Review and the Board of Zoning Appeals.

The Building Department annually registers contractors who intend to work in the City. Any homeowner contracting work should always check to be sure that their contractor is registered and has the required permit. As part of the City's registration, all contractors shall provide a performance bond and proper insurance coverage which will help protect the homeowner. 

Call the Building Department at (216) 524-1019 or visit us at 6335 Selig Drive (City Annex Building) to arrange a preliminary conference to review your project. This conference is not mandatory, but it will be helpful and informative to you. It may also speed up the process. At this meeting, bring along conceptual drawings and other planning ideas to discuss



  • 2013 Residential Code of Ohio (RCO)
  • 2011 Ohio Plumbing Code (OPC)
  • 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC)


  • 2017 Ohio Building Code (OBC)
  • 2017 Ohio Mechanical Code (OMC)
  • 2017 Ohio Plumbing Code (OPC)
  • 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC)

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