What are the requirements for rain barrels?
See Beachwood Codified Ordinance Chapter 1355.09: One or more downspout(s) may be diverted into an approved rain barrel provided that overflow from such appurtenance is directed back into the downspout. Rain barrels shall be covered at all times and shall not cause a public or private nuisance. Rain barrels shall not be installed in the front or side yard setbacks, but are to be located only on rear yard downspouts. Rain barrels are to be positioned adjacent to the rear of the dwelling structure so as not to be visible from the public right of way. Only one rain barrel may be installed at each rear yard downspout. Rain barrel installations require the review and approval of the Building Commissioner and Staff Engineer. Plans submitted for review and approval shall include details of the type, size and location of the rain barrel, including the method of connecting the overflow back to the downspout along with a landscaping plan if necessary to screen the rain barrel from view from the public right of way.

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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?