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Cleveland Municipal Court
1200 Ontario Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Official website of the Cleveland Municipal Court .

The court is located in the Justice Center in downtown Cleveland. The Cleveland Municipal Court has the ability to hear and decide specific kinds of cases including civil disputes.

Important Notice for Contractors Providing Demolition Services
Qualified environmental surveying, environmental abatement, and/or demolition services contractors interested in providing bids for emergency demolition of unsafe structures are asked to contact the Department of Building and Housing

Plan Examination and Approval Process

Once permit applications are made, plans are reviewed by the City for code compliance. There is a charge of $15 per 1000 square feet of work and a minimum fee of $15 for reviewing plans for homes, garages, sheds, fences, and swimming pools. The review period varies according to the project's complexity. In general, review of one- and two-family homes can be completed in three to five working days.

For more information see the permit guide .

Building and Housing Inspections

Contractors and do-it-yourselfers are responsible for scheduling inspections by calling the office number listed on the building permit. Inspections should be made after foundation excavation (before pouring concrete), after rough-in (before concealing work), and upon completion. NOTE: If faulty work is discovered, the inspector will issue a violation notice, and a specific period of time is allotted to correct the problem.

Lot Cutting and Cleaning, Nuisance Property

Report Nuisance Property: 216.420.8300 - Weekdays 8 am to 5 pm
Question/protest an Invoice: 216.420.8367 - Weekdays 8 am to 5 pm

The objective of this program is to keep vacant lots and the exteriors of vacant structures within the City aesthetically pleasing and to eliminate health and safety hazards. Its activities include cutting weeds and remove debris from vacant lots

Nuisance properties can be reported to the number listed above. Owners who abandon their property will be charged for maintenance services and a fine will be incurred. If the owner does not pay their service invoice, a lien will be placed on the property. Properties are cleaned and cut every 5-6 weeks from April to October, and during winter months by request only.

How the Code Violation Notice Process Works

216.664.2007 - Weekdays 9 am to 3 pm - Send Email - F: 216.420.7582

Once a complaint is received an exterior property inspection is conducted. If the complaint is valid, a violation notice is issued to the owner. The City has identified Concentrated Inspection Areas where inspectors inspect property in a proactive, more systematic manner. Inspections are also made resulting from complaints received.

If violations exist, a violation notice is issued giving the property owner time to make corrections. If violations are not corrected in consultation with the Department of Law, legal proceedings can be initiated against the property owner. For minor misdemeanor violations inspectors have the ability to issue tickets.

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