A Building Permit is required for any structural, electrical, plumbing or building alteration in the City (see complete list here). A Building Permit is issued upon satisfactorily completing an application and submitting a drawing, materials list and scope of work. If you hire a contractor to do your work, the contractor is usually responsible for submitting these application materials. Once the application materials and fee have been submitted, your project will be reviewed for compliance with the building code. Once approved, a permit is issued and shall be on display at the work location until the project is complete. Involving the Inspection Division early in your project may save you time, money, and unnecessary delays. See a list of Frequently Asked Questions above.
Property owners within the City of Wheeling have the responsibility to either maintain or raze the buildings they own. Irresponsible owners may expect the City’s Building Inspection division to issue a Raze or Repair Order. Failure to comply with the Order may result in the need to appear in Municipal Court and face a monetary penalty. In some instances, where the public’s health and safety are at risk, and there is no other recourse, the City will intercede to raze and clear vacant, derelict structures. The City does not take possession of the affected property, but does place a lien against it for the cost of demolition and other related costs.