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The Building Department is responsible for the enforcement of the various building codes and ordinances relating to the construction, alteration, repair of, addition to, and demolition of buildings, houses, garages, sheds, fences and other structures in the City. This includes components such as electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling, fire protection, driveways, parking lots and private walks. The Property Maintenance Code is enforced by the Building Department. The Building Department also participates in the enforcement of the Zoning Code.

The Zoning Code governs various items such as permitted uses in various zoning districts, setbacks of building and parking lots from property lines, percentage of a parcel that can be covered by buildings, and the number of parking spaces required for a building.

Permits are required for construction, alteration, repair of, addition to or demolition of all of the above-mentioned structures and components. It is necessary to submit a completed application with pertinent drawings and specifications to the Building Department for the proposed work. This information will be reviewed, and if determined to be in conformance with applicable codes, the submittal will be approved. Upon payment of all necessary fees by the applicant, a permit will be issued.

The Engineering Department is responsible for overseeing the construction of paving, curbing, sidewalks, sanitary sewers, storm sewers, other utilities and their appurtenances in the public right-of-way, and the enforcement of ordinances governing grading and drainage on private property. The Engineering Department also participates in the enforcement of the Zoning Code.

If a plan review is needed for the project, the review may take up to 30 days to complete before a permit is issued. 

Building Commissioner & City Engineer

Paul W. Deichmann, P.E.

Director Deichmann, P.E.Mr. Deichmann brings a wealth of experience to the City of Parma in his dual capacity as building commissioner and engineer.

Prior to his appointment by Mayor Dean DePiero, he was the Director of Engineering for the City of Solon. He also has served in the same position for North Olmsted.

Mr. Deichmann majored in Civil Engineering at Case Western Reserve University and also has a Masters Degree in Construction Management from the same institution. He is a Professional Engineer, a certified Building Official and a certified Plan Examiner.


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