I want to construct a garage on my property: are ABR & permits required; how large of garage allowed; setbacks; gutters & downspouts required; electrical requirements?

Detached garages are required to appear and obtain approval of the Architectural Review Board. A building permit is required for a detached garage. Additional permits may be required for other work if performed, such as but not limited to driveway, electric wiring and HVAC . Detached garages are required to be a minimum of 5 feet from the rear yard lot line, side yard set backs are based on the lot frontage and must comply with Beachwood Codified Ordinance Section 1113.05. Side yards are required in Single-Family House Districts (See BCO Section 1113.05). The total garage floor area for any dwelling shall not exceed 1,050 square feet of gross floor area. Roofs of secondary or appurtenant structures shall be equipped with gutters and downspouts connected to a public storm sewer. Rain barrel installation(s) conforming to Section 1355.09(b) and Section 1375.09(b) may be utilized. However, if the roof area served by a special downspout does not exceed 300 square feet, measured horizontally, and if the drainage does not, in the opinion of the Building Commissioner, cause excessive erosion or water damage or does not create a nuisance on public or private property, this requirement shall be waived. If electric is installed to a detached garage the installation must comply with the National Electric Code.

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1. Where do I obtain a permit?
2. How do I get an inspection scheduled?
3. Will the City help me find a contractor?
4. Are lawn signs allowed in the City of Beachwood?
5. I want to hold a garage sale, what next?
6. Do I need an inspection for occupying a house? A store? An office?
7. How high does my neighbor’s grass have to be before I register a complaint?
8. What should I do first if I want to construct an addition?
9. When should I hire an Architect?
10. Should an Attorney review my contract?
11. How does the City help in the process?
12. How do I know if an inspection passed or failed?
13. Does the City inform me of issues the City has with my contractor?
14. Is the City of Beachwood Building Department the only entity that reviews/approves a project? City Engineer?
15. What do I do if I am not happy with my contractor?
16. How long should my project take?
17. If I fire my contractor do I have to pay for new permits? Does the City inspect the work if I fire my contractor?
18. What are the work hours in Beachwood for contractors?
19. My neighbor has a camper parked on a driveway, is this permitted?
20. My neighbor sells cars from their driveway, is this permitted?
21. What type of business can I have at my home? Daycare?
22. What codes does the City follow regarding new construction?
23. Do I need a permit to cut down trees?
24. How wide should my driveway apron be?
25. I want to construct a garage on my property: are ABR & permits required; how large of garage allowed; setbacks; gutters & downspouts required; electrical requirements?
26. What is the maximum height my addition can be?
27. When do I have to go to the ABR (Architectural Board of Review), who goes to ABR, what are the requirements to go to ABR?
28. Do I need a permit to replace a water closet (toilet), light post, electrical switch?
29. How big can my driveway be?
30. What are the minimum yard setback requirements for an addition?
31. Do I need a permit for an Arbor?
32. Do I need a permit to replace deck boards or deck stairs?
33. If I have water in my basement, should I install an interior or exterior drainage system, which is better and why?
34. Do I need a permit to replace windows?
35. If I want to replace windows, do they have to be the same size, style and color?
36. Can I have a fence in my front yard?
37. What are the fence requirements in rear or side yards?
38. Can I plant bushes or trees in the tree lawn?
39. Can I install landscape timbers by public sidewalks?
40. What are the requirements for installing solar panels?
41. Who do I consult with if I do not like my inspector?
42. What are the hours of operation and permit issuance for the City of Beachwood Building Department?
43. Do I need a permit to install new tile in kitchen or bathroom?
44. Is a permit required to replace a kitchen sink?
45. Do I need a garbage disposal?
46. Where can a play structure be located and what is the maximum height?
47. Are tree houses permitted?
48. What are the requirements for installing a fountain in my front yard?
49. How close to the property line can is my driveway permitted to be located?
50. What are the requirements for rain barrels?
51. Can I install a shed, where is permitted to be located, are gutters and downspouts required?
52. Where are air conditioning units permitted to be installed?
53. Where are emergency generators permitted to be installed and what are the requirements for obtaining a permit?
54. How long is Architectural Board of Review approvals good for?
55. How long is a permit good for?
56. Where is a POD permitted to be located and how long permitted to be used?
57. If a Housing Inspector cited me, is a permit required for:
58. Does the City replace public walks free of charge?
59. I think my neighbor is renting his/her house. Who do I contact to verify?
60. Does a rental occupancy require a permit?