Building Department

Building Codes influence our lives every day. Homes, schools, businesses or places of entertainment need to adhere to Building Codes in order to be safe for everyday use. In addition, modern codes and their enforcement makes sure that there is protection for the public from disaster due to fire, structural collapse and general deterioration. Bedford’s building department also administers laws that help protect the city’s citizens from dishonest contractors while also maintaining local property values through Bedford’s property maintenance programs.

City Manager’s Office manages Bedford’s Building Department. The Building Department is responsible for the enforcement of Building, Housing and Zoning codes as well as other ordinances adopted by Bedford’s City Council and set forth in the Building Code, Chapters 1301 through 1399, and the Zoning Code, Chapter 1901 through 1999. For all residential structures, the Building Department enforces the Bedford Dwelling House Code. This code includes the 2017 edition of the code entitled The Residential Code of Ohio with updates, plus the 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code and the 2011 edition of the Ohio Plumbing Code. It also includes the 2012 edition of the International Property Maintenance Code. For commercial (non-residential) buildings, as a State of Ohio-Certified Building Department, Bedford enforces the 2011 edition of the Ohio Building Code with updates, including the 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code, and the 2011 editions of the Ohio Plumbing Code, and Ohio Mechanical Code.

These codes are published by state and national organizations, not the city, and are adopted by reference. They are available for purchase from sources on our “Links” page. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or are in need of assistance.

Directory of Building Department Employees


165 Center Road
Bedford, OH 44146

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Opening hours

  • Monday
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday
  • Sunday