Welcome to the City of Wadsworth Building and Planning Department. On these pages you will find links to information about construction and development within the City including: what permit are necessary; how to obtain permits; and applications for building and zoning permits. Also found on these pages is information relating to property maintenance regulations; Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals applications; census data;and housing grant programs.

Office Hours

The Planning Department is open to the public from 8:30AM - 4:30PM, Monday through Friday, except for City Holidays. The Building Department is open from 7:30AM - 4:30PM.


Jeff Kaiser, Planning and Zoning Director
330-335-2752 Email: jkaiser@wadsworthcity.org
For information regarding all residential and commercial zoning permits regulating the location, placement and use of structures and signage; housing grant programs, applications for Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals hearings; and commercial and industrial development processes.

Kevin Hall, Residential Building Official/Code Enforcement Official
330-335-2780 Email: khall@wadsworthcity.org
For information relating to residential construction regulations, building permits and inspections, and property maintenance regulations.

Jennifer Stefl, Administrative Assistant
330-335-2753 Email: jstefl@wadsworthcity.org
For general Building and Planning department information including inspection requests; permit applications; and property records.

Department Fax #: 330-335-2715

Residential Projects

The City's Building Department certified for 1, 2 and 3-family dwellings. Building, electrical and HVAC permit issuance, plan reviews and inspections will be performed by this office. Contact the Medina County Health Department for plumbing permits and inspections.

In addition, most residential projects will also require a zoning certificate to verify that the project is in compliance with the city's zoning regulations. Click Are Permits Required? for a list of activities that require zoning certificates, building permits or both. Projects requiring a zoning certificate must include a site plan showing existing structures on the property, the dimensions and location of the proposed improvement, and its distance to relevant property lines.

Residential Building and Zoning Permit Application forms and Zoning Certificate forms can be found on the Forms page or picked up on the second floor of City Hall. See How To Obtain Residential Permits.

Also see the Building Department page for residential construction standards, permit applications, inspection scheduling information as well as Property Maintenance Information.

Commercial Projects

Building permits, plan approvals and construction inspections for commercial, industrial and multi-family residential (four or more dwellings in a single building) projects are obtained through the Medina County Building Department. Zoning approval for commercial projects is still under the Citys jurisdiction, and zoning approval must be obtained before the County will issue any building permits.

In addition, most commercial development projects will require Planning Commission approval before a zoning certificate will be issued by the City.

See the Commercial Development Guide for more information on the review and approval process for these projects.

Links to Zoning Map & Text

The online Zoning Map shows City of Wadsworth corporate and zoning district boundaries. Click here to download the Autodesk Viewer. To view or download a pdf version of the map, click: City Map (pdf Version).

Click Zoning Code to be taken to the City's zoning code (maintained by Americal Legal Publishing).

Planning Documents

For access to planning documents adopted by the City, please use the following links:

Downtown Visioning Plan (2017)

2011 Comprehensive Plan Update

Multimodal Transportation Plan (2010)

Multi-Purpose Trail Addedum (2009)

Park & Recreation Master Plan (2006)

Departmental Reports

Annual Report - 2016

Annual Report - 2015

Annual Report - 2014