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Code Enforcement Division
Weekdays 8am-5pm
Phone: 216-664-2282
Fax: 216-664-3590
TTY: 800-750-0750

601 Lakeside Ave. Room 510
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
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This division inspects structures in order to enforce building, housing and zoning codes. In addition to inspecting for new construction and alterations, it investigates complaints, obtains warrants, addresses structures which are not in code compliance, and prosecutes code enforcement cases, representing the City in building-related civil matters before Board of Building Standards.


How the Code Violation Notice Process Works

216.664.2007 - Weekdays 9 am to 3 pm - Send Email - F: 216.420.7582

Once a complaint is received an exterior property inspection is conducted. If the complaint is valid, a violation notice is issued to the owner. The City has identified Concentrated Inspection Areas where inspectors inspect property in a proactive, more systematic manner. Inspections are also made resulting from complaints received.

If violations exist, a violation notice is issued giving the property owner time to make corrections. If violations are not corrected in consultation with the Department of Law, legal proceedings can be initiated against the property owner. For minor misdemeanor violations inspectors have the ability to issue tickets.

Department of Building and Housing
Ronald O'Leary, Director
601 Lakeside Ave. Room 510
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

P: 216.664.2282
F: 216.664.3590
Relay Service: 711
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Mission Statement


To assure that all existing and new structures in the City of Cleveland are maintained and constructed in a safe and habitable manner through enforcement of the Building and Zoning Codes, pursuant to the review of plans, issuance of permits and inspection of property.

– Building and Housing