Building Department 

Location:  480 Park Avenue Phone:  (440) 988-3734  
                 Amherst, OH  44001 Fax:      (440) 988-3764  
     
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm  
     
Building Department Staff Inspection Hours Inspections

Bob Kurtz - Chief Building Official

By appointment  
David Macartney - Building Inspector

Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Residential/Commercial Building and Mechanical

     email: building2@amherstohio.org    
Tammy Paterson - Secretary    

     email: building@amherstohio.org

   
Timothy Golden - Electrical Inspector Monday/Tuesday/Thursday after 4:30 pm Residential/Commercial Electrical
Darwin Ward - Plumbing Inspector Tuesday and Thursday after 4:30 pm Residential/Commercial Plumbing

Online Building Payments

**All plans submitted for approval after November 1, 2017 will be subject to review based upon the updated code versions as approved by the Ohio Board of Building Standards**

*ALL CONTRACTORS AND SUBCONTRACTORS PERFORMING WORK IN THE CITY OF AMHERST ARE REQUIRED TO BE REGISTERED WITH THE BUILDING DEPARTMENT*

The Building Department serves to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.  This department is charged with interpretation and enforcement of national and state building codes as well as other applicable local codified ordinances and regulations governing property maintenance, construction and land use.  In addition, the department provides supervision of construction activities; acceptance of permit applications; issuance of all building, mechanical and miscellaneous permits; and verification of plan compliance with applicable building and zoning codes.

Department Services:

  • Reviewing and approving all building plans for residential and commercial construction

  • Issuing permits for construction including building, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC

  • Registering contractors to perform work in the City of Amherst

  • Investigating property maintenance and zoning code violations

  • Processing requests for Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and Design Review Board

  • Reviewing all developmental plans for residential and commercial development

  • Issuing occupancy permits for new businesses or businesses relocating within the city (click here to access new business information)

 

Commercial Forms Residential Forms Miscellaneous Forms
Commercial Fee Schedule                      Residential Fee Schedule                        Contractor Registration Application
Application for Permit Application for Permit Business Occupancy Application
     
     

Technical Document Links:

2013 Residential Code of Ohio (Ohio Administrative Code link)

2017 Ohio Building Code (Ohio Administrative Code link)

2017 Ohio Mechanical Code (Ohio Administrative Code link)

2017 Ohio Plumbing Code (Ohio Administrative Code link)

Ohio Board of Building Standards Code Links (links to previous code version only, updates pending)

City of Amherst Standard Construction Drawings

Amherst Fire Department Engine 59 Size Specifications

Typical Residential Foundation/Floor Plan Sample

Typical Residential Wall Section Sample