Building Inspection and Property Maintenance

Building Inspection and Property Maintenance

The Building Inspection Division reviews plans, issues permits and enforces the Ohio Building Code, the Ohio Residential Code, and related codes.   The Building Inspection Division maintains Ohio Board of Building Standards certified personnel to complete all phases of permitting and inspection.   Appeals of staff decisions for commercial and other uses must be made to the Ohio Board of Building Appeals in Columbus, Ohio.  Appeals regarding a building issue dealing with one, two or three family residential dwellings are handled locally by the Board of Engineering and Building Appeals.

Steubenville Planning and Community Development Office

115 South Third Street,

Steubenville, OH 43952

Phone: (740) 283-6000 Ext. 1700

Fax: (740) 283-6082

E-Mail: cdp@cityofsteubenville.us

Residential Construction and Remodeling Projects

Information regarding the Ohio Residential Code which applies to residential buildings containing three (3) or fewer dwelling units can be obtained at the Ohio Board of Building Standards website, www.com.ohio.gov/dico/bbs/.  Forms and applications concerning residential construction projects can be obtained below.  Projects may also require certificate of zoning approval prior to submission of building applications, therefore see the Planning and Zoning webpage for these forms.

 

 Commercial Construction and Remodeling Projects

Information regarding the Ohio Building Code which applies to residential buildings containing four (4) or more dwelling units, and all commercial, industrial and institutional buildings can be obtained at the Ohio Board of Building Standards website, www.com.ohio.gov/dico/bbs/.  Forms and applications concerning residential construction projects can be obtained below.  Projects may also require certificate of zoning approval prior to submission of building applications, therefore see the Planning and Zoning webpage for these forms.

 

Contractor Registration

Contractor registration with the City is required for all contractors performing work within the city limits, regardless of the type of work completed.  Registration of all contractors and subcontractors is required prior to obtaining any permits or starting work.  Information and applications for contractor registration can be found below.

 

Submission of Plans/Plan Review

Plans prepared by architects or engineers and submitted for plan review are accepted in electronic/pdf format only until finally approved.  After approval, three (3) final hard copies of the plans must be submitted.  Architects or engineers must contact the Building Inspection Division so that a Dropbox folder can be created for their project, then an email will be sent inviting the design professional to the folder so that the plan review application and accompanying plans can be submitted in the folder.

 

Submission of Applications/Forms

Applications for building plan review, permits, certificate of occupancy and registration, may be submitted in person and by mail, fax or email.  Payment of fees can be made by cash when in person, or by check or money order.  Payment with Visa; Mastercard or Discover is also accepted.

 

Board of Engineering and Building Appeals/Board of Property Maintenance Appeals

The Board of Engineering and Building Appeals, which also serves as the Board of Property Maintenance Appeals, is comprised of five (5) citizens who serve without compensation.  Members are appointed by the Mayor with the approval of City Council.  This Board meets on an as needed basis when there is business to come before it.  The Board hears appeals of staff decisions regarding Steubenville’s Property Maintenance Code, the Ohio Residential Code and other locally adopted codes.

 

Property Maintenance

The Planning and Community Development Office administers and enforces the Property Maintenance Code for the City of Steubenville.  The adopted property maintenance standards are the International Code Council (ICC) Property Maintenance Code.  The Property Maintenance Code contains requirements regulating the safety, sanitation and appearance of the interior and exterior of structures and exterior property areas; provides minimum light, ventilation and space requirements; establishes minimum criteria for the maintenance and location of plumbing systems and facilities; establishes minimum performance and safety requirements for electrical and mechanical facilities; and establishes minimum requirements for fire safety and protection facilities.   A copy of the Property Maintenance Code is available for review in the Planning and Community Development Office, or may be purchased directly from the ICC at their website, www.iccsafe.org .  See the City’s codified ordinances available on the Main page of this website for any amendments that have been made to the Property Maintenance Code.  If you would like to report a Property Maintenance Code violation, please contact the Clerk of Council with the name of the owner of the property (if known), street address of the property, and a description of the violation.  The Clerk of Council will then generate a service request regarding the possible violation.  Please also provide your name, address and telephone number so that we may contact you if necessary, a violation will not be investigated unless you provide this information.

 

 Vacant Property Registration

The Planning and Community Development Office administers and enforces the City of Steubenville’s Vacant Property Registration regulations. Owners of vacant property, including executors and mortgagees that have filed an action in foreclosure, are required to register with the City. The registration form and a complete copy of the requirements can be found below. Fees for registration are as follows:
For vacant residential buildings, the annual fee is $200.00 for the first year of vacancy. For every consecutive year a building remains vacant, the annual fee is increased by $50.00 over the previous year’s fee amount, for a maximum annual fee equaling the 5 year fee of $400.00 for the fifth and consecutive, subsequent years of vacancy.
For vacant commercial and other buildings, the annual fee is $400.00 for the first year of vacancy. For every consecutive year a building remains vacant, the annual fee is increased by $75.00 over the previous year’s fee amount, for a maximum annual fee equaling the 5 year fee of $700.00 for the fifth and consecutive, subsequent years of vacancy.
The late fee is equal to the annual fee or $1,000.00; whichever is less.
A statement explaining the reason for the building’s vacancy, along with a plan for the buildings future must accompany the submitted registration form (see Section 1199.03(c), (1) through (3)). If you believe your building may qualify for an exemption from registration requirements, please call the Planning and Community Development Office to confirm this. The failure to register, in addition to being subject to late fees, is a fourth degree misdemeanor.

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