The Building and Zoning Departments are responsible for overseeing and enforcing code compliance for all residential building construction within the City. 

Pietro DiFranco, PE, LEED AP, CPESC                                                                     
Zoning Administrator

City Hall:                                             Consulting Office:
City of Willoughby Hills                       Richard L. Bowen + Associates, Inc.
35405 Chardon Road                         2019 Center Street, Suite 500
Willoughby Hills, OH 44094                Cleveland, OH 44113
Phone: 440-975-3550                         Phone: 216-377-3813

Zoning Permits required by the City Zoning Code are administered by the City Building Department.

Building Permits required by the Ohio Building Code and Residential Code of Ohio are administered by the Lake County Building Department, for structural, HVAC and Electrical (effective 10/10/17)  As of 1/1/20, the Lake County Building Department will be processing Plumbing permits.  The Lake County General Health District will continue handling Septic.  Applicable Zoning Permits from the City may be required prior to issuance of a Building Permit from Lake County.

The Lake County Building Department:
105 Main Street, Building B, Second Floor, Painesville (Old Nolan Building, directly across from Victoria Place)
Parking is in the back of the Nolan Building.  Walk through to take the elevator or stairs that are located off either Main Street entrance.

Lake County Building Department (440) 350-2636

Chapter 1373 of the Willoughby Hills codified ordinances requires all contractors doing business in the city to be registered with the city, even if they are already registered with the county or other agency.  Any person, firm or corporation other than the homeowner who performs or authorizes the performance of any work in the City without first obtaining a certificate of registration and the appropriate permits, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree.

Click here for Permit and Contractor Information to help protect our residents.

Plans that require the Fire Department's review can be delivered to the Fire Department, or sent via email with a PDF file of the plans to the Fire Chief at and Fire Prevention at  Please include the Building Department at so we can help with any follow up.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)                                                                                          
1.  Point of Sale Inspections - The City does not currently require point of sale inspections.

1.  Lake County Building Department
2.  Lake County General Health District
3.  Lake County Geographical Information System (GIS) - For property info and maps
4.  Chagrin River Watershed Partners