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Elyria’s Building and Land Department plays a key role in the City’s commitment to interconnection and cooperation—ensuring that “safety” and “services” combine seamlessly for residents and businesses alike. Everything we do is to make Elyria a great place to live, learn, work and play. How do we measure our success? The City of Elyria’s compliance rate has risen from 22% to 95% since 2012.


The City of Elyria’s Building and Land Department regulates and promotes public safety by adopting and enforcing codes, issuing permits, and investigating property maintenance complaints.

The Building and Land Department is responsible for supervising construction activities, by registering and licensing contractors, and inspecting exterior structures.

The Building and Land Department investigates all property maintenance complaints. If you have concerns about a house or business in your area, please contact the department or call 440-326-1493.

The Building and Land Department is certified by the State of Ohio Board of Building Standards, for all Use Groups in the Ohio Building Codes, and is an active member of the International Code Council (ICC) and the North Central Ohio Building Officials Association (N.C.O.B.O.A). The City of Elyria enforces the following codes and standards:

  • Residential  | RCO 2013
  • Building  | OBC 2011
  • Mechanical  | OMC
  • Plumbing  | OPC 
  • Electrical  | NEC 
  • Property Maintenance  | IPMC 2012
  • City of Elyria Codified Ordinances  | ECO

Zoning Resources:

Zoning Map
This is the zoning district map for the City of Elyria.

Request for Zoning Information Form
This form is required when requesting information on zoning.

Area Variance Form
This packet is used to request a Variance to the Zoning Code.

Use Variance Form
This packet is used to request a Variance to the Zoning Code.

Codified Ordinances
This is where you find all the ordinances for the City of Elyria.

What is the difference between an Area Variance and a Use Variance?

  1. Area Variance shall mean the authorization by the Board of Zoning Appeals for the use of
    land in a manner which is not allowed by the dimensional or physical requirements of the
    applicable zoning regulations.
  2. Use Variance shall mean the authorization by the Board of Zoning Appeals for the use of land
    for a purpose which is otherwise not allowed or is prohibited by the applicable zoning

Zoning Districts:

Commercial Zoning:

 R-MHL Residential Multi-Households Low Density
 R-MHH Residential Multi-Households High Density
 B-N Business Neighborhood District
 B-D Business Downtown District
 B-G Business General District
 B-AO Business Automotive Oriented
 POD Professional Office District
 L-I Light Industrial District
 H-I Heavy Industrial District
 S-I Special Industrial District
 TPD Technology Park District

Residential Zoning:

R-LD Residential Low Density
R-MD Residential Medium Density
R-TH Residential Two Household
R-UD Residential Urban Density


Building & Land Department
Darryl Farkas, Chief Building Official

131 Court Street, Suite 101
Elyria, Ohio 44035
Phone: 440-326-1491