Go To Search
Building Department

Madeira City's Building Department Inspectors, review plans and oversee construction, alteration, repair, use, occupancy, and maintenance of buildings, structures, and signs. All construction, including new construction, remodeling, additions, fences and walls, signs, swimming pools, exterior HVAC, basketball hoops, tents, accessory buildings and other types of improvements require permits and must be done in accordance with the applicable City of Madeira Ordinances, and the latest edition of the Residential Code of Ohio (RCO) and the State of Ohio Building Code (OBC).

Zoning and Building code approval are both obtained with the same application form. However, if the project does not meet zoning, it may have to go before the Planning Commission.

To apply for a building permit, see application below.

Building and Zoning Permit Application for Commercial and Residential Properties 
View / Download Form 

Building Permit Regulations and Fees
View / Download Form

Building Permit Instructions and Inspections
View / Download Form

The owner is ultimately responsible for making sure the builder / contractor has obtained all necessary building permits and for calling for building inspections as required. Building inspections are done by the City of Madeira Building Department.
Call for inspections 48 hours in advance whenever possible.

Permits are not required for the following work on residential properties only:

  • replacement windows, (as long as you are not changing the opening)
  • siding
  • painting
  • replacement of walkways around the house
  • resurfacing or replacement of driveways (unless they are being expanded or work is being done on the apron)
  • or walls under four feet high 

Permits for alterations / repairs, additions, and new construction must have a cost estimate / quote submitted at the time of application in order to process the permit. The following must be submitted with the permit application:

Commercial Permits 

  • Exterior Work - submit five (5) copies of a site plan and five (5) sets of construction drawings.
  • Interior Work - submit four (4) sets of construction drawings.
  • Demolition Work - must be accompanied by a photograph of the existing structure showing gutters and any other applicable drainage measures taken, as well as, topography of the lot.

Residential Permits

PLEASE NOTE AS OF FEB 2017:
1 FULL SIZE SET OF PLANS TO SCALE AND 1 - 11X17 SET OF PLANS MUST BE SUBMITTED.
  • Exterior Work - submit two (2) sets of construction drawings (including site plan).
  • Interior Work - submit two (2) sets of construction drawings.
  • Demolition Work - must be accompanied by a photograph of the existing structure showing gutters and any other applicable drainage measures taken, as well as, topography of the lot.

Site and Elevation Plan Requirements
View / Download Form 

Sign Permits


There are separate permit application forms for permanent signs and temporary signs (see below). Permanent signs will be reviewed by the Architectural Review Officer, Zoning Administrator and Commercial Building Inspector. Temporary signs will be reviewed by the City Manager or Assistant to the City Manager. If they do not meet zoning, they have to go before the Planning Commission. For more about signage see the zoning tab on the website.

Permanent Sign Permit Application Form
View/Download Form

Temporary Sign Permit Application Form
View/Download Form