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All exterior sanitary installations and/or repairs are required a permit and inspections through the Cuyahoga County Department of Public Works (216) 443-8205.
All domestic water supply laterals are required a permit and inspection through the City of Cleveland Water Department (216) 664-2444.
Upon request for an inspection, the City will perform an inspection to record the progress and scope of work completed.
In case of an emergency, such as a utility outage, significant hardship, or to provide for safe and efficient flow of motor vehicle traffic, the Safety Director may authorize work during prohibited hours.
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.
1146.04 DRIVEWAYS IN CLASS U-1 DISTRICTS.Excluding the tree lawn, not more than thirty percent (30%) of the required front yard area may be improved with driveways, parking areas, sidewalks, and other hardscape surfaces.
1146.03(c) Landscaping of Residential Lots Required.Growing and/or non-growing landscaping is required on the entire lot, except for such portions as are occupied by the house, garage, driveway or other permitted improvements. Council hereby finds and determines that the required landscaping is necessary for the public peace, health, safety and welfare, to protect pedestrians, to prevent deterioration of property values and to prevent the wash-down of mud and other debris across sidewalks and into catch basins. Not more than fifteen percent (I5%) of the total lot area, exclusive of those areas occupied by the buildings, shall consist of hardscape, parking areas, and driveways.
See Beachwood Codified Ordinance Chapter 1154.05: (a) Roof Mounted Solar Arrays in Residential U-1, U-2, U-2A, and U-3 Districts. Roof mounted Solar Arrays shall be permitted in U-I, U-2, U-2A, and U-3 Districts provided that Solar Panels do not extend more than thirty-six (36) inches above either the plane of the roof or the ridge line of the dwelling and that all accessory components are located within the building or behind the principal building and within the side and rear building setback lines.
The maximum height of a play structure is 15’.
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. See Beachwood Codified Ordinance Chapter 1355.13.
Such sketch shall show that: (a) Such unit is located at the side or rear of the residence; (b) Such unit is placed on such sublot no closer than seven (7) feet from either sublot side line or ten (10) feet from the rear line; (c) Such unit is situated so as to exhaust into the interior of such sublot; and (d) Such unit is screened from view from the public right of way by means of a landscape buffer.
Yes, currently there is a Job Creation Incentive Grant Program for businesses in the City of Beachwood. For more information contact Keri Zipay, Business Retention Specialist at 216-292-1915.
Contact the Cuyahoga County Fiscal Officer’s Office, by calling 216-443-7010 or visiting online at Fiscal Officer , with any property tax bill questions you may have.
Beachwood taxes are administered by the Regional Income Tax Agency ( R.I.T.A.). The current income tax rate is 2.0%. Questions about income taxes should be directed to R.I.T.A at 1-800-860-7482 or visit
Beachwood taxes are administered by the Regional Income Tax Agency( R.I.T.A.). The current income tax rate is 2.0%. Questions about income taxes should be directed to R.I.T.A at 1-800-860-7482 or visit
If you have any additional questions regarding hydrant flushing, please contact Beachwood Fire Department Administration at 216-292-1965. Click link for current dates. Hydrant Flushing Dates
Unfortunately, Cuyahoga County has discontinued this program and we are no longer able to accept mercury items at the Fire Department. If you have questions on disposal of these items, you may call the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District at 216-443-3749.
All complaints are investigated. You do NOT have to leave your name to file a complaint.
Should you have a neighbor that has a dog that is in violation of any of the above, contact the Beachwood Police Department at 216-464-1234.
The Police Department offers the ability to download most Incident and crash reports and use the search function to find reports. If you cannot find the report or have other questions, please contact the Police Records Section at 216-464-2343, Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Service Department’s regular working hours are Monday through Friday between 7:30AM and 3:30PM. Beachwood City Ordinance #660.21 states that no person shall:
•Place rubbish for collection prior to 6:00PM. on the evening preceding the day scheduled by the Service Director for rubbish collection or after 7:30AM. the day of your rubbish collection.
•Allow empty containers or other uncollected rubbish items to remain at the place of collection after 9AM. of the day following the day scheduled by the Service Director.
Whoever violates any of the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. Punishment shall be as provided in Section 698.02.
When the Service Department is closed on holidays, except on Thanksgiving, rubbish will be delayed one day after the respective holiday that week only. For example, if a holiday falls on a Monday, Monday’s collection will be Tuesday, Tuesday’s collection Wednesday, and so on. Thanksgiving Day’s collection will be picked up on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
The Service Department recognizes the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
Call the Service at 216-292-1922 to request a special pick up. Calls made before 12:00PM can usually be picked up the day of the request.
The Service Department recognizes the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day Thanksgiving Day (will be picked up on Wednesday), Day After Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
Only these items should be placed in the green recycling carts for curbside pick up:
Paper and Boxes:Newspapers and insertsMagazines and catalogsJunk mail and envelopes (window envelopes are okay)Postcards, greeting cards, coupon packetsPhone booksPaper grocery bagsCereal and dry food boxes, shoe boxes, toothpaste or OTC medicine boxesPaper tubes, tissue boxes (toilet paper, paper towels)Office paper, stationery, business cards, any colorHard (cover removed) or soft cover booksWrapping paper (including the cardboard tube)cardboard (flattened)Paper shopping bagsClean pizza boxes (free of excess food and grease)Paper egg cartons
Glass:Glass food bottles and jars (clear, green and brown)
Bottles and jugs need to be emptied and rinsedCans:
Aluminum and Steel food cans
Cans need to be emptied and rinsedPlastic bottles and Jugs:Water and soda bottles
Milk, water and juice jugs
Laundry detergent jugs and bleach bottles.
Bottles and jugs should be emptied and rinsed and the cap replaced.
Cartons:Milk, juice, soup and broth and wine cartons.
Cartons should be emptied and rinsed and the cap replaced.
THE CITY DOES NOT ACCEPT: Any plastic item not listed above, Wax Coated Boxes, Motor Oil*, Paint, Tires*, Automotive Parts, Outside Plastic Furniture Vinyl Siding, Detergent Boxes, Clothes Hangers, Aerosol Cans, Window Glass, Drinking Glasses, Light Bulbs, Metal Cookware, PVC Piping, Pallets, Plastic Toys, Wood, Aluminum Siding .
*These items can be recycled at the Service Department
23355 Mercantile Rd, West Driveway (left driveway when facing the front of the building) inside the gate to the right. There is a sign over the overhead door. Pick up the phone next to the door for assistance. Hours are Monday- Friday between 7:30AM and 3:30PM.
There is a drop off for recyclables at the Community Center, 25225 Fairmount Blvd. There is access to this container 7 days per week 24 hours per day for residents only.
Only these items should be placed in the drop off container:
These items are considered Hazardous Materials. Many of these are dangerous if placed in your regular rubbish, and cannot go to a landfill. In order to accommodate these requests, the Beachwood Service Department offers Household Hazardous Materials drop offs year round. Items may be brought to the Service Center, 23355 Mercantile Rd, Monday-Friday between 7:30AM and 3:30 PM.
Monday through Friday, 7:30AM to 3:30PM except holidays. Call 216-292-1922 if you have questions. The Service Department recognizes the following official holidays:
•New Year's Day
•Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
•Thanksgiving Day/Day After Thanksgiving
23355 Mercantile Rd, Beachwood, Ohio 44122. The main phone number is 216- 292-1922.
If a tree has fallen on your property, contact a tree service company. If a tree has fallen on city property, i.e. your tree lawn, call the Service Department at 216-292-1922.
The phone number is 440-232-2964. Contact them for any animal inside or outside the house. If there are skunks, groundhogs or rats outside of your home, contact the Service Department at 216-292-1922.
No person shall engage in construction or other activities, such as hammering, pounding, grinding or grading, so as to create objectionable or unreasonable noise or a disturbance to neighbors or other residents in the City, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and official holidays. In case of an emergency, such as a utility outage, significant hardship, or to provide for safe and efficient flow of motor vehicle traffic, the Safety Director may authorize work during prohibited hours