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Building Commissioner: Rich Vittardi
7325 Summitview Drive
Seven Hills, OH 44131
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About The Department
The Building Department is certified by the State of Ohio to enforce building codes and ordinances pertaining to construction or renovation of the interior or exterior of all commercial or residential structures in the city. Since May 2007 residential building departments are also regulated by the Ohio Board of Building Standards. The residential codes are now adopted from a model code agency and written by professionals with a vast and diverse collection of knowledge from all facets of construction, enforcement, and fire service. This action has caused building codes to be standardized throughout the state. This consistency is a benefit to those contractors who work in more than one city as well as residents who share in a wider experience base.
Building Department Inspectors are trained and certified to inspect all phases of construction to determine if installations comply with the approved plans and the building and zoning codes. These professionals are working for the benefit of all to promote public safety, reduce casualty loss, control insurance costs, and maintain property values by ensuring minimum construction and maintenance standards for all structures in the City.
While they are unable to stand watch on each and every project throughout the construction period, these inspections manage the risk and promote a confidence that homes and businesses are safe and sanitary for occupants.
Other responsibilities of the Building Department include response to property complaints and annual exterior property maintenance inspections. Inspectors respond to complaints received and determine if a violation exists. The Building Department is willing to work with residents who have a willingness to have the violations corrected in a timely manner.
The Building Department is also working closely with the City Engineer to abate the sanitary sewer cross connections. These violations cause problems with overloaded sewers and basement flooding. In the extreme cases raw sewage has been diverted directly to creeks and streams. Each year approximately seven miles of sewer is tested. When a violation is identified, the property owner is given a notice that the violation must be corrected and retested.
The Building Department also issues permits for purposes or activities other than construction. Other permits would include the permits for garage sales and vehicle sales.
The Building Department is open Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. We strive to conduct ourselves in a professional, courteous manner providing the residents and contractors with prompt and impartial service. We recognize our partnership with you toward that end.
Common projects that require permits in the city include: Decks, Sheds, Fences, Reroofs, Siding, Concrete work, and most major landscaping. Please call us if you have questions regarding your proposed project.
We can accept cash, checks, debit cards, Visa, and MasterCard for payments. Because of this ability some permits can be issued without physically coming to city hall.
Rezoning Flow Chart
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In response to a resident request, the Mayor asked City Planning and Building, with guidance from the Law Department, to prepare the following flow chart summarizing the city's general re-zoning process. Further and more detailed information is available in the city charter and ordinances.