The Building Department often is the first official contact that a resident or business has with the City of Richmond Heights. That is because City ordinances require all new residents and businesses to apply for an Occupancy Permit before they can legally occupy a home or commercial facility in Richmond Heights. The Building Department can issue an Occupancy Permit only if the dwelling unit or commercial space in question has passed a Code Compliance Inspection.
The Building Department also issues permits for structures, such as for new homes, room additions, commercial building, fences, retaining walls, porches, and other remodeling jobs as well as demolition permits. The department's inspectors routinely monitor homes in their assigned jurisdictions to ensure that all structures in the City are well maintained, which helps to preserve property values.