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The Village of Chagrin Falls does NOT issue commercial permits. To obtain a commercial permit, contact the State of Ohio Department of Industrial Compliance.
Exterior changes to commercial buildings, including but not limited to material, style, design, etc. require approval contact the Building Department for more information.
Any changes, to structural, electrical, plumbing, mechanical systems requires a building permit.
A minor building permit is for any work involving repairs, alterations and additions. Including but not limited to porches, decks, sheds, water control, interior remodeling, etc.
The Village of Chagrin Falls is solely located in Cuyahoga County. Check the Cuyahoga County Auditors site to verify property municipality.
Any structure in the village that is 50 years old or older is considered historic.
Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approval is required when window modifications invlolve changes in, material, style, design, size.
Windows that are a mere replacement matching existing material, style, design and size, do not require ABR approval. A minor building permit is still required, and the contractor has to be registered.
Registering contractors actually helps to protect you the property owner. It also assures that contractor carries the proper liability insurance.
You may call the building department at 440-247-5050 or you may ask the contractor to show you proof that they are registered with Chagrin Falls. Every registered contractor is given a registration certificate. Registration runs from calendar year to calendar year.
General contractors, includes general building contractors, landscapers, doing hard scape work, fence contractors, sign and awning contractors, asphalt contractors masonry contractor, both bricks and motor, and flat work, excavators, waterproofing contractors, electrical, plumbing, heating, and air conditioning contractor.
No, being a public entity we can’t recommend a contractor, but we would be happy to furnish you with a list of registered contractors.
Hours of work are from 7 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday.
Yes, but only fences that are not considered a privacy fence. Regardless a permit is required. Contact the Building and Zoning Department for further information at 440-247-5050.
No, there are no permits required for residential roofing, a permit would be required if there were changes to the structural elements of the roof.
No, all vehicles that are being advertised for sale must be kept in a driveway. There is no overnight parking of vehicles in any yard vehicles must be parked in a driveway.
Chickens are allowed in R1-100 zoned areas only. Call the Village for further details.
The minimum dimensions are 19 feet by 21 feet, which equals 399 square feet. The maximum square footage is 700 square feet.
Yes, but you cannot exceed the total combined square footage of (700) square feet which includes the square footage of the detached garage and the proposed shed. Sheds cannot be permanently attached to the ground, must be located only in rear yard, cannot be less than (3) feet from lot lines, max height is (15 feet) from grade. Contact the building and zoning department for permit information.
Yes, a permit is required, it is a Garage Sale Permit VCFCO 721, issued by the Police Department. You are allowed (1) garage sale per year, hours of operation 9 am to 9 pm, (1) sign per sale not exceeding (3) square feet and not to be placed on tree lawns or public property.
If the patio is at grade level where there are no changes to grade or existing grades, or drainage, and not less than 3 feet from property line there is no permit required.
All of the leaves collected in the Fall are taken by a commercial composting company for processing into various earth products, a true “green” recycling service! No loose leaves are taken to a landfill.
While the total volume of leaves varies from year-to-year, the Street Department typically collects around 2,475 cubic yards (742,500 pounds or 371.25 Tons) of leaves per season! The leaves were vacuumed up in truckloads and transported to the Street Department garage transfer area.
The North Main Street Bridge in Chagrin Falls will be undergoing construction to rehabilitate and beautify the aging structure that was originally built in 1857.
In addition to receiving structural reinforcements, the original bridge will be “encased” with a new concrete and stone-arched bridge, and the road and sidewalks above the supporting structure will be replaced. Considerable time and effort have gone into selecting the design and materials of the bridge to ensure we maintain its historic character.
Over the years, to uphold its structural integrity and appearance, the bridge has undergone routine maintenance and two rehabilitations (one in 1960, and another in 1980).
During normal inspections conducted several years ago, the bridge was rated as 4-Poor, according to recognized and formal industry standards. To clarify the meaning, there are no current weight limitations on the bridge, and no indications of any imminent safety issues to the public. However, the inspection did identify important deterioration trends on parts of the bridge that justify major rehabilitation to restore full structural strength for the long term.
Some of the deficiencies include cracks in the concrete deck and sidewalks, exposed reinforcing and section loss, cracks and voids in the mortar joints and blocks of the stone arch, paint system failure, exposed bearings, and section loss to the sidewalk beams.
The project that’s starting now will take approximately 2 years and will last for the next 75 years of the Main Street Bridge’s life. There’s no question this project will present some inconveniences for Chagrin Falls residents and visitors to our community. However, there is no viable alternative but to take on this strategically important project now.
Cuyahoga County owns the bridge and is therefore responsible for maintaining it. Accordingly, it’s leading the restoration project. The Great Lakes Construction company has been contracted to carry out the construction. Both the County and Great Lakes will work with the village’s engineer to ensure the project meets all specifications and requirements.
The total cost of the project is just over $8 million and is being paid for through county and federal funds, except for $1 million the village is responsible for to construct the wing walls, those vertical structures between the bridge and the manmade falls.
The construction project will officially begin on February 26, 2024, and will last until February of 2026. On four occasions during the approximately two-year-long project, the bridge will need to be closed for about 13 days (on each occasion). During those times, no automobile traffic will be permitted across the bridge, and pedestrian traffic will either be prohibited or restricted to certain times of the day for safety purposes.
The first of these closures is scheduled to occur around the first week of June 2024. We’ll be notified 30 days in advance of any total closures. At those times, temporary detour routes will be published, and road signs will be posted to inform motorists and residents of any changes in automobile or pedestrian traffic.
Before or around February 26, you can expect to see some plant removal around what will eventually become the construction site, and the county will begin marking areas where underground utilities are located. Then, in the early days of March, you’ll begin to see temporary signals and road signs being erected by the county along the streets near the construction zone that will alert motorists to any traffic pattern changes.
Except during the four occasions when the bridge will be closed for approximately 13-day periods, the North Main Street Bridge will remain open to automobile and pedestrian traffic. For the majority of the project (except on the four occasions noted), two-way automobile traffic will be maintained across the bridge. However, traffic will flow across only one side of the bridge, while the other side is being worked on.
There will also be two road closures we anticipate lasting for the length of the project:
• Bell Street will be closed to through-traffic between North Main Street and Pleasant Drive.
• Plaza Drive, the short road between Your Truly and Chase Bank, will be restricted to delivery vehicles.
We’ll soon be updating this page with a map that will illustrate how the construction will affect traffic patterns.
Unfortunately, we will lose some on-street parking spaces near the construction area. We’ve offset this loss by leasing spaces in the Valley Lutheran parking lot located on East Orange Street, only a short walk to Main Street.
Free all-day parking permits for these spaces are currently available for anyone employed in downtown Chagrin Falls. As the project progresses, we’ll continue to monitor parking needs in the downtown area and will work with our business community to find solutions. We’re asking residents, primarily in the West Side Historical District, for their cooperation and understanding, as we anticipate there may be an increase in on-street parking during the construction project.
During the four 13-day occasions when the bridge is closed, there may be additional limitations or restrictions on parking in certain areas to allow for traffic flow. We’ll be sharing information on any changes to parking access as we near the times of the closures.
We understand how vital it is to the livelihoods of our merchants that we do everything we can to ensure that they – and their customers and suppliers – have full access to their stores and businesses during the project and experience as little inconvenience as possible. The village will also be advertising and promoting that Chagrin Falls is open for business and still a great place to visit during the construction period.
Since the bridge will be open for the majority of the project, and since most of the work will be happening below the bridge, disruptions should be limited. We’re currently formulating plans to maintain foot traffic, deliveries, and parking throughout the construction and will be sharing more specific details soon.
The police department will operate as normal during the bridge construction project. Patrol officers are trained from the start of their careers to be aware of hinderances to response routes and to be prepared with alternative courses to respond efficiently and safely to calls. The police department has operational plans in place for those times of full closure on N. Main Street. In addition, the police department will be monitoring the work zone and the surrounding areas to address traffic and safety concerns as they arise.
The Fire Department administration has and will continue to work with the Great Lakes Construction project manager, construction manager and safety coordinator in formulating emergency operational plans for the overall safety of the residents, businesses, visitors and all involved with the bridge construction. These emergency operational plans with be implemented, reviewed and updated on a continual basis throughout the entire project.
While most events will likely take place as scheduled, there may be instances, depending on a particular event’s venue or timing, where plans may need to be modified or altered to accommodate constraints due to the construction. We’ll be reaching out to event planners to share information that can help them determine the best way to proceed.
Blossom Time will go on as planned at Riverside Park. Due to the larger number of events that occur during Blossom, construction on the bridge will cease the week of the event.
Pay your parking ticket using the online payment website.
Go to our parking website. Choose appeal ticket in the options. Lookup your ticket number and fill out the attached form.
You can pay online at Chagrin Falls – Docket Search.
View the Request a Public Record page.
Report any loose dogs, or dog bites by calling 911 if you require emergency help or by calling dispatch at 440- 247 – 7321.
Fill out an application for block party or road closure.
The form will be reviewed by the Chief of Police and the Mayor
You will be notified if your application has been approved or denied.
If your event is approved the service department will be notified and barricades will be set out prior to you event for your placement.
Chagrin Falls Police department does ink rolled fingerprinting for residents. You must provide your own fingerprinting card.
You can report a power outage online.
Call our office at 440-247-5036 during business hours, Monday - Friday 8am-4pm, or Dispatch at 440-247-7321. Ask to speak with the Officer in Charge (OIC).
21 W. Washington St. Chagrin falls Ohio 44022 and ask for an OIC.
21 W. Washington St. Chagrin falls Ohio 44022
ATTN: Lt. Weiskopf
You can request an off-duty officer and will be contacted by a member of the department about your request. Please fill out the Off-Duty Officer Request Form.
You can request an officer and will be contacted by a member of the department about your request.
Yes, we have a vacation watch, fill out the form.
View the 333.09 Electronic Wireless Communications Device Regulations.
View our Minor Code of Ordinance for more information.
View more information on our Snowmobiles and All Purpose Vehicles code of ordinance.
Before filling out the solicitor's application, please read the codified ordinance linked in the following:
Please read the Open Container Prohibited code of ordinance.
Yes, in the Police Department lobby, located at:21 W Washington StreetChagrin Falls OH 44022