Director of Permits & Economic Development

Department of Permits & Development

Department Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday-Friday

Mailing Address: 145 North Main Street
North Canton, Ohio 44720

Location: 845 West Maple Street
North Canton, Ohio 44720

Phone Number: (330) 499-5557

Fax Number: (330) 966-3630

Departmental Personnel

Gary Fry – Director

Don Walker, Electrical, Building Inspector, CBO

The Permits & Development Department is a combination of several divisions, including but not limited to:

  • Building – commercial and residential
  • Contractors/Journeymen Registration
  • Water Connections – Sewer
  • Inspections
  • Zoning
  • Nuisances
  • Housing
  • Economic Development

The North Canton Permits and Development office is responsible for plan review, permit issuance, and code inspections for commercial and residential construction and renovation. In addition we conduct zoning, housing, and nuisance inspections and issue Zoning Certificates and Occupancy Certificates. We test and register contractors and journeymen, issue water connection permits, raze building permits and sewer permits.

It is our hope the information contained on this site will be of assistance to our residents and contractors. However, due to the complex nature of some of these processes, we urge you to call or stop in prior to beginning any construction project, so we may provide guidance and information.

Ohio E-Codes

Codified Ordinances ( Zoning Ordinances)

The journeymen examinations for 2012 will be held on Wednesdays at 6 PM on the following dates:

March 14, 2012; July 11, 2012; and November 14, 2012.

Applicants must be registered no later than 10 days before an exam. All exams start promptly at 6PM at the North Canton Civic Center.

Contractor Registration

All Contractors/Journeymen/Apprentice MUST be Registered with City of North Canton to work in City of North Canton

In order to perform work and become registered in the City of North Canton, the following Contractors must be licensed by the State of Ohio:




Fire Suppression

Fire and Smoke Alarms

The following contractors must register annually with the  Permits & Development Department in order to perform work inside the City of North Canton:

Alarms, fire, smoke & security




Underground Fire Service Line Installer

General Contractor – Commercial, Residential, Remodeling


Swimming Pool

Sewer Tapper/Excavator

Roofing – Commercial & Residential





Structural Steel


Gas Line Installer


Other Contractors as required by CBO

–Contractor Registration Packets can be found on the link towards the end of the pageMake all checks out to: City of North Canton
If paying with cash – please bring exact amount, we do not have a cash drawer.

Permit Cards

You may obtain the latest Permit Cards on our Permits and Fees Page.

Applications & Forms

You may obtain the latest Forms and Fees on our Forms and Fees Page.