The national safety standard recommendation is that chimneys, fireplaces and vents should be checked annually. If unused for some time, or if you have just moved into a new house, then they should be checked first. Use a certified chimney sweep who brushes from the top down (not just from the inside). A certified sweep will also put a camera or a mirror down the chimney first to check the condition of the flue liners.
Provide a Certificate of Insurance naming the City of Shaker Heights as an additional insured/certificate holder. Complete a registration form and pay a $125 fee. The registration is good through December of each year. Electricians and plumbers must provide a copy of their state licenses. Plumbers and sewer builders must secure a $5000 bond.
Your relationship with the contractor is a contractual one. Violation of the contract should be referred to the police or an attorney. While the Building Department will pursue code violations a contractor may commit, violation of a contract is outside the department's jurisdiction. If the work performed by a registered contractor resulted in damage to the property, the Building Department will make the insurance information available to the homeowner or your representative.
Three sets of drawings are required. All commercial plans must be stamped by a registered architect. Residential plans must conform to specifications outlined in the Building Code. For specific information, call 216-491-1460.
No. Homeowners may pull a permit only for work you are doing yourself or if paying a registered contractor to do the work. The city requires that anyone doing permit work in the city be insured. See Homeowner's Affidavit for Building Permit
Certain repairs may require permits; others may not. In addition, architectural review may be needed and approval granted for some projects that do not require a permit, such as front doors or garage doors. Please contact the Building Department at 216-491-1460. Also, see Permits Not Required.
The Historic Building Cards database includes information gathered from over 10,000 index cards formerly housed in the department. The original cards were created for each new building in Shaker Heights and typically include information such as the date the home was built, the names of the home's architect, builder, original owner, and the estimated cost to build the home. To find your home's information, visit Shaker Building Card Index.