How to Open a Business

The Parma Heights Building and Service Department would like to welcome you as a new business or new owner to an existing business.

The purpose of this guide is to bring to your attention the licensing and permit procedures involved with being a new owner of a business within our city.   Please note that in the event of any change of ownership, the new owner must obtain a new Occupancy Permit* and a new Commercial License* per the Parma Heights Codified Ordinance.  (*Licenses and permits do not transfer to new owners!)

The following are the procedures required:

Send a letter of intent to the attention of Dennis Patten, Service Director, 6281 Pearl Road, Parma Heights, Ohio, 44130. Please include:
  1. Your name and the names of any other owners
  2. home address and phone number
  3. type of business
  4. location of business
  5. hours of operation
  6. number of employees
  7. any other information relevant to this new ownership.
            This information is not only required for correspondence purposes but also if you should need to  
            be contacted by the Police or Fire Department in case of an emergency.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.  If you have any questions, please call the Building & Service Department at (440) 884-9607, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  Our goal is to make your transition into our business community as smooth as possible. 

Procedures for the City of Parma Heights Commercial Building Permits

  1. Speak to the Building Department at 440 884-9607 to see if Planning Commission approval is required.  A building permit cannot be issued without Planning Commission approval.    Complete application for building permit.
  2. Submit three, (3) sets of plans for work being done. These plans must include:
    (A)  Dimensioned site plan and topographic survey (if applicable)
    (B)  Floor plan indicating all existing, abutting floor space, diagrams & details of all new foundation, structural, & mechanical work
    (C) Cross-section indicating all materials & attachments
  3. Building Permit fee is $250.00 plus $10.00 per 100 square feet plus 3% state tax. Electrical, HVAC & Plumbing permits have separate fees.   A $100.00 deposit is due at time of application. Costs can vary depending upon the type of permit issued.
  4. The plans will be processed and sent out to the Plans Examiner for review. 
  5. The Plans Examiner will determine the Plan Review fee.  The Plan Review fee must be paid directly to the Plans Eaminer in order for him to finalize the review. 
  6. If application is approved a building permit can be issued.  All additional permits (i.e.: electric, heating, plumbing) will be issued at that time.
  7. A $100.00 bond will be added to permit fee.  (Bond will be refunded if all inspections have been made.)
  8. If application is not approved it may be resubmitted with the additional information requested by the Plans Examiner/Building Department.
  9. If application is not accepted due to violation of an existing code, a variance may be applied for by contacting the Secretary to the Board of Zoning Appeals.  If there is noncompliance with the O.B.B.C., you may appeal through the State of Ohio Board of Building Appeals.
  10. All contractors working on the job must be registered with the City of Parma Heights.  All electric, HVAC, & plumbing contractors must be state licensed.

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