Ah, the joys of homeownership! It seems that once you take possession of your new property, the ideas for improvements come fast and frequently. This page is intended to help turn those ideas into reality by providing our residents with guidance and resources to help navigate the home improvement process.

First, you need the project idea. Got that? Here’s what is next:

Hiring a Contractor

If you choose to hire a professional contractor to perform work on your property, verify that the contractor is registered with the Building Department. All contractors operating in Fairview Park are required to register themselves.

For selection purposes, you may obtain a list of all the contractors registered in Fairview Park by contacting the Building Department. As a policy the Building Department does not recommend specific contractors.

Building Plan Approvals/Permits

A building plan approval/permit is issued by the Building Department and serves as your formal permission to begin work on your property. A plan approval/permit also entitles its holder to all required inspections, which assure homeowners that work is done properly and in accordance with all applicable codes and standards.

Most residential construction, renovation, alteration, and demolition projects require that a building plan approval/permit be obtained. However, certain common household projects do not require a permit. If you are unsure whether a permit is required for a particular project, contact the Building Department. Please note that projects involving new construction, structural alternations, and the construction of accessory and yard structures require applications to be posted for 10 days prior to issuance.

Projects requiring variances from the City of Fairview Park’s building or zoning codes will require you to appear before the Board of Zoning and Building Appeals for approval.

Click here for more information on how to apply for a building approval/permit.

Housing Resources

A variety of programs are available in Cuyahoga County to aid homeowners in maintaining or upgrading their property, including programs that offer financial assistance. Click here for overviews of several available programs.

We appreciate the investment you have made in Fairview Park. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the Building Department for assistance at 440-356-4405 or via e-mail.