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 Summit County Building Department will be adopting the 2018 International Code Council (ICC) code series with amendments, effective January 1, 2020. View our 2018 Code Amendments (pdf) for the 2018 International Code Council (ICC) code series.
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. All permit applications must be submitted in person. 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 2012 International Code Council (ICC) code series for all permitted projects. We enforce the 2017 National Electric Code. Additionally, we have amended the codes for local conditions. View our 2012 Code Amendments (pdf) for the 2012 International Code Council (ICC) code series.
We have also adopted a sustainable building code (pdf) with which every new residential development and residential addition in Summit County must comply.