*** The Independence Building Department is following the State guidelines during the Corona Virus situation. To reduce person to person contact, we have set up a drop off and pick up area for permit applications, drawings and other correspondence in our lobby. Phone calls and emails are the preferred means of communication. Please call or email regarding any specific situation, 216-524-1019, or ***

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)
  • 2017 Ohio Plumbing Code (OPC)
  • 2017 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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Contact this Department
Michael Gero
Michael Gero 
Building Official

6335 Selig Drive
Independence, OH 44131
Phone: 216-524-1019
Fax: 216-573-1592

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