Department of Law

The Department of Law provides quality legal services to the City government by representing and providing legal advice to the Mayor, City Council, and all City departments and commissions. The Department of Law improves the quality of life for the City’s residents and visitors by prosecuting crimes.

The Department includes the Criminal and Civil Divisions.

The City of Cleveland Law Department does not provide legal services or legal advice to private parties.

Information about the Law in Cleveland

  • Both City Council and Cleveland Public Library assist with questions regarding City Laws
  • Many different kinds of sidewalk permits are available from the City:
    • Using sidewalks for special events: 216.664.2012
    • For restaurant seating: 216.664.2174
    • To block the sidewalk for construction: 216.664.2174
    • To repair or replace a sidewalk: 216.664.2474
    • For outdoor sidewalk sales: 216.664.2174
  • The Department of Building & Housing handles complaints about neighborhood property conditions at 216.664.2910
  • Court dates can be found on court websites, or the court can be called
  • Department of Law attorneys are not permitted to give personal legal advice. Those needing legal advice or assistance should contact private attorneys or contact the Legal Aid Society