Instead of filling out the Certificate of Occupancy application, you should fill out the Certificate of Occupancy Exemption Form and mail it to: Housing Inspection Department, 3450 Lee Road, Shaker Heights, 44120.
Please submit your request in writing and specify the reasons additional time is needed. Extensions are usually based on progress made. Therefore, a reinspection may be required before addressing the extension request. The Director will review the matter and respond to you in writing.
The first step is to talk to your inspector. His or her phone number is on page 1 of your report. If, after discussing it on the phone, you and the inspector would like to meet, please contact the clerical staff at 216-491-1470 to set up an appointment.
Yes. However, an escrow account must be established and funds equal to 150% of the estimated cost of repairs must be deposited. (Please see the Point of Sale Fact Sheet for specific escrow requirements.)
The Point of Sale inspection is valid for one year from the date of issuance. If, however, within that year the owner corrects all violations and a Certificate of Compliance is issued, that document is valid for one year from date of issuance for selling the property.
On an average size and condition single-family home, the inspection should take between 1½ and 2 hours. The owner, realtor or another adult must be present the entire time the inspector is on the premises.
The Housing Inspection Department strives to conduct Point of Sale inspections within 10 working days of receiving an application from November to February, and within 15 working days from March to October. All inspection reports should be issued within 10 days of being turned in for processing.