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Building & Housing Department

  • Permits/inspections
  • New construction/renovation - residential/commercial
  • Home & Property Improvements
  • Construction Guidelines & Building Specifications
  • How to Hire a Contractor
  • Registered Contractors
  • Residential property inspections
  • Housing code compliance
  • Point of sale inspection/escrow requirements
  • Inspection guidelines: Forms & Permits
  • Five-Year Exterior Home Inspections

Neighborhood Revitalization Department

  • Neighborhoods
  • Building new homes
  • Acquiring City-owned vacant lots
  • Green Building
  • Incentive Programs

Planning Department

  • Preservation of homes/public spaces/ buildings
  • Strategic Planning:
    • Warrensville/Van Aken Redevelopment
    • Shaker Town Center Area Redevelopment
  • Boards/Commissions:
    • Architectural Board of Review
    • City Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Appeals
    • Landmark Commission
  • Housing Programs
    • Technical and financial assistance for home repairs
    • Landlord resources

Economic Development Department

  • attracting viable businesses,
  • retaining and strengthening existing businesses, and
  • building community-based partnerships to connect commercial areas to the surrounding neighborhoods.


Recreation Department

  • Recreation classes
  • Thornton Park Recreational Facilities
    • Ice Arena, Swimming Pool Skateboard Park, Basketball, Volleyball and Tennis Courts
  • School Age Care
  • Services for Senior Adults


Police Department

  • Crime Prevention
  • Registrations & Permits (registered snow plow operators)
  • Citizens Police Academy and Alumni Association
  • Police Partners Program

Fire Department

  • Firefighting
  • Emergency medical service
  • Life safety
  • Fire Prevention

Public Works Department

  • Maintenance/repair services public land/buildings
  • Garbage/leaf/snow collection
  • Recycling


Communications & Marketing Department

  • Promotion of Shaker to attract and retain residents
  • Shaker Life magazine
  • Email subscription sign-up

Human Resources Department

  • Employment opportunities/applications
  • Risk Management

Finance Department

  • Budget management
  • Purchasing
  • Accounts Payable

Law Department

  • Legal services
  • Ordinances, resolutions, contracts
  • Fair Housing
  • Foreclosure Resources

In compliance with Ohio Revised Code § 149.43 and the Ohio Sunshine Laws, the City of Shaker Heights allows for prompt inspection of its public records or provides copies of its public records within a reasonable period of time. Public records are available for inspection during regular business hours. Please contact the Public Records Manager for the City department that most likely retains your particular record.

Saturday, December 15, 2018


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