Property Maintenance Inspections

The City’s property maintenance inspection programs play a vital role in preserving the safety, character, and quality of Shaker’s residential and commercial properties. Safe and well-maintained buildings protect property values and contribute to the community's overall stability. The minimum maintenance standards for commercial and residential properties are outlined in the Codified Ordinances of the City of Shaker Heights and can be found below:

Residential Property Commercial Property
Chapter 1411: Residential Occupancy Basic Standards Chapter 1319: Commercial Property Maintenance Code
Chapter 1412: Landscaping and Yard Maintenance  

Types of Inspection

  • Point of Sale Inspections—Residential properties are required to receive an exterior/interior inspection as part of the sales process.
  • Owner-Occupied Property Inspections—Owner-occupied homes receive a systematic exterior inspection every five years.
  • Rental Property Inspections—Rental properties receive an exterior/interior inspection every three years.
  • Commercial Property Inspections—Commercial properties are inspected at issuance of initial Business License and on an as needed basis.
  • Property Complaint Inspections—Complaints about residential and commercial properties are investigated by the Department of Building & Housing. When violations are found to exist, the property owner will be issued a violation notice and a compliance deadline.

Make a selection from the menu to the left to learn more about these Property Maintenance Inspections or to schedule an inspection.

Note: The Department of Building & Housing is also charged with inspecting construction activity where permits are issued to ensure that the work complies with state and local building codes. Learn more about building permit inspections.