Find more information at Commercial or Permit Application section.

Mission Statement: "The Building Department strives to provide a safe 'built environment' for the residents and people who live, work, and visit the City."

Welcome to the Independence Building Department. The Independence Building Department serves the needs of both residents, commercial property owners, and developers. The Building Department issues both commercial and residential 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 the Architectural Board of Review and advises the Board of Zoning Appeals.

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.



  • 2019 Residential Code of Ohio (RCO)
  • 2024 Ohio Plumbing Code (OPC)
  • 2023 National Electrical Code (NEC)


  • 2024 Ohio Building Code (OBC)
  • 2024 Ohio Mechanical Code (OMC)
  • 2024 Ohio Plumbing Code (OPC)
  • 2023 National Electrical Code (NEC)

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Michael Gero 
Building Official

6335 Selig Drive
Independence, OH 44131
Phone: 216-524-1019

Hours of Service:
Monday - Friday
7:30 am to 4:30 pm

Scheduling Inspections:
Monday - Friday
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Call 216-524-1019