A-to-Z Guide to Living in the City

Wondering how to register a block party? Where to get a bike license? How early you can mow your lawn on Sunday morning? Below is an alphabetical listing of the City regulations and other information our residents ask about most. For more detailed information, including answers to almost any question you may have about Shaker Heights, check out our FAQs.

  1. A - G
  2. H-R
  3. S-Z
  • Bicycle Licensing: New licenses are $5. Re-issued licenses are 50 cents. Please call the Police Department at 216-491-1220 for registration dates and times and required documents.
  • Bicycle Riding: Helmets are required for everyone 5 and older and for all passengers regardless of age. Children under 14 may ride bikes on the sidewalk, but must yield to pedestrians.
  • Block Party Requests: Register at least two weeks in advance.
  • Cell Phones: Drivers are prohibited from using hand-held cell phones to call or text while driving. There are limited exceptions.
  • Child Car Seats: The Fire Department offers free safety checks on car and booster seats required by the state, by appointment, Fridays only. Call 216-491-1200 for details.
  • Community Gardens: Join one of Shaker's six community gardens or learn how to start your own.
  • Contractors: View a list of contractors registered with the City.
  • Customer Service Nominations: The City appreciates nominations from residents for outstanding customer service provided by City employees. Nominations are accepted year-round for recognition in the spring. Use the Employee Recognition Nomination Form (PDF) to make your nomination.
  • Dogs: Dogs are not permitted to run at large, and owners are required to pick up dog waste immediately. Nuisance dogs should be reported to 216-491-1490.
  • Domestic Power Tools: The operation of any mechanically powered tool, other than a snow blower, between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m, or on Saturday or Sunday before 9 a.m. is prohibited.
  • Electric Vehicles: Find EV charging stations at The Dealership at 3558 Lee Road. (in the parking lot behind the building) and the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland at 21600 Shaker Boulevard (also in the parking lot behind the building).
  • Emergencies: Call 911 from a landline in your home. Call 216-491-1234 from a cell phone. Add the number to your cell phone contacts.
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  • Fire Hydrants: The Fire Department flushes hydrants in the spring. This can temporarily discolor the water.
  • Fire Safety: The Fire Department offers free home fire safety inspections throughout the year. To make an appointment, call 216-491-1215.
  • Grass Ordinance: Grass may not be taller than six inches. Tall grass and weeds that are spreading seeds are declared a nuisance.