Building Department

The Building and Zoning Department is responsible for administrating and enforcing building and zoning laws. Many improvements to your property, such as concrete repair, fencing, decks, sheds, reroofing, and siding, require a permit to ensure such ordinances are complied with and safety regulations are met.

The department publishes guidelines and regulations for your assistance in the permit process. You are encouraged to call the Building and Zoning Department at 216-383-6312 for information and assistance.

The city's Planning Commission meets on the second Wednesday of each month and considers such matters as land use, planning of developments and subdivision of land, comprehensive and master planning, and other such matters as delegated by the City Council. The city's current Zoning Ordinance was adopted in 1972.

The city's Zoning Board of Appeals meets on the first Wednesday of each month to hear cases and consider appeals to the city's zoning laws.

The Architectural Review Board meets on the first and third Monday of each month to review submissions for new construction and additions and consider building code matters.

Items Of Interest

Building Permits

Permit-Contractor Database
You will require a permit to make many improvements to your home or property. A building permit serves as formal and legal permission to start a project, and your submission of plans meets the adopted building and zoning codes. Call 216-383-6312 for more information.

Garage Sales

Garage sales are permitted upon your property two times each year. A permit must be obtained at the Building & Zoning Department of city hall. Signs are permitted only on the property holding the garage sale. Garage - Estate Sale Permit (PDF)

Exterior Maintenance Inspection Program

Before any home transfer, the City requires an Exterior Home Inspection (PDF)

Storm and Sanitary Sewers - Problems and Maintenance FAQs

View the Storm and Sanitary Sewer FAQ sheet (PDF)