Obtaining a Permit

Permits are required for most building, electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling, excavating, concrete, painting, demolitions and other projects except minor repairs. Either the contractor or the homeowner may purchase the permits from the Housing and Building Department; however, it is the homeowner’s responsibility, ultimately, to ensure that any required permits are obtained. Permits must be obtained before work can begin, and must be posted. Timing is also important of any building projects.

When Building Permits Are Required

The following are examples of projects that may require a permit. Remember, there are other projects that are not listed that may require permits;

  • Any concrete or asphalt work involving replacement or asphalt resurfacing, or any paving work (brick walks, etc.)
  • Any electrical (other than minor violation corrections), plumbing, heating, or air conditioning work
  • Building any new structure or addition or major renovation
  • Grading or re-grading lawns
  • To demolish, alter, or make major repairs to any existing building structure, or any portion of that structure including; roofing, porches/decks, fences, and garages
  • Window replacements, new siding (except for small areas of replacement), decks, new steps/rebuilding steps
  • Exterior painting of house excluding minor touch-ups


It’s a good idea to check with the Housing and Building Department to confirm if your project requires a permit. Ohio Laws allow for 30 days for a permit to be issued after application. We try to issue permits within a few days of application. It is important that you take the time it will take to get a permit into your project schedule and timeline.


Village of Newburgh Heights Building Code

Why Permits Are Important?

  • Helps Protect Property Value:  Your home or business is an investment. If your construction project does not comply with the codes adopted by your community, the value of your investment could be reduced. 
  • Saves Money:  Property insurers may not cover work or damages caused by work done without permits and inspections. 
  • Makes Selling Property Easier:  When property is sold through a multiple listing association, the owner is required to disclose any improvements or repairs made and if permits and inspections were obtained. Many financial institutions will not finance a purchase without proof of a final inspection. If you decide to sell a home or building that has had modifications without a permit, you may be required to tear down the addition, leave it unoccupied or do costly repairs.
  • Improves Safety:  Your permit allows the code official to reduce potential hazards of unsafe construction to provide for public health, safety and welfare. By following code guidelines, your completed project will meet minimum standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, and your friends or future owners. Mandatory inspections complement the contractor’s experience and act as a system of checks and balances resulting in a safer project.
  • It’s the Law:  Work requiring permits are made such by City Ordinance and state building code. Work without a permit may be subject to removal or other costly remedies.

Garage Sale Permits

The Village of Newburgh Heights permits residential and garage sales to sell personal property.  Permits are required along with a $5 fee. No more than three (3) garage sale permits may be issued to one residence during one calendar year. Sales are permitted between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 7:00pm for no more than three (3) consecutive days.

Garage Sales Forms

Garage Sale Permit Application