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Summit County Building Inspection Department
The Summit County Building Inspection Department is where all building permit processes begin. We take in all permit applications, route them to relevant internal review agencies, issue building permits, enforce code requirements and conduct building inspections.
The Building Inspection Department is typically unavailable Wednesday mornings until 10:30 am for our weekly staff meeting.
Building Permit Submittal
All building permits, plans, plan changes and hard copies of the application materials should be submitted in person by a representative who can answer submittal related questions. Electronic, mailed-in, and couriered services for drop-off submittals will NOT be accepted. Payment for permit applications can be paid via cash, regular check, e-check, ($1 fee) or Credit Card (processing fees of $0.75 plus 2.25% will apply to credit card payments). Payment for plan review is required at the time of submittal. Building permit application submittals will not be accepted after 4:30 p.m.
2018 ICC Code Series
The Summit County Building Department has adopted a revised Summit Sustainable Building Code (pdf) effective July 1, 2020.
Significant changes to go into effect July 1, 2020 include:
- 2018 IRC Chapter 11 amendments listed under sections beginning with N11XX. (see page 15)
- 2018 IRC appendix F Radon Control Methods has been adopted in its entirety with no amendments
- 2018 IECC amendments commercial, residential and Summit Sustainable Building Code additions. (see page 26)
High Country Conservation Center (HC3) has additional information available about the Sustainable Building Code on their website.
Per the International Building Code (IBC) and the International Residential Code (IRC), permits are required for all new structures, alterations to existing structures, remodels, decks, hot tubs and window replacements. We do not require a permit for re-roofing unless the scope of work includes structural changes to the roof.
Find out more about the various types of building permits required by Summit County.
Submitting Permit Applications
All permit applications must include a complete application form and the required accompanying submittal documents and those items must be submitted to our office. Please review the notice to remove the electronic service for technical permit applications. Learn more about submittals.
The Building Inspection Department brings in permit applications, plans and other construction documents and routes them through all the appropriate internal review agencies within Summit County government. Find out more about the application review process.
All permitted projects are required to have a series of inspections to ensure conformance with approved contract documents. Find out about building inspections.
Codes & Amendments
The Building Inspection Department has adopted the 2018 International Code Council (ICC) code series for all permitted projects. We enforce the 2020 National Electric Code. Additionally, we have amended the codes for local conditions. View our 2018 Code Amendments (pdf) for the 2018 International Code Council (ICC) code series.
We have adopted a sustainable building code (pdf) with which every new single-family residence (SFR) in Summit County must comply.
Septic Tanks - OWTS
If your property has a septic tank, please visit the Environmental Health page for permitting and information.