Contact Information

Building and Zoning Department

The Building Department is accepting submissions/permits/registrations either by mail or by dropping off in the secure drop box outside the Police Department’s Front Door, labeled “Village Document Drop Box”. This box is checked every business day & is sanitized regularly. When submitting permits, the permit application & required details, & fees must be submitted together in order for the application to be processed & reviewed. Once approved & processed, the permit application will either be mailed to the applicant if a self-addressed stamped  envelope is provided or they will be emailed. Processing applications can take up to 10 days.

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The Chagrin Falls Building and Zoning Department is managed by Building Inspector Harry Edwards.


Building & Zoning Department Responsibilities

  • Works under the direction of the Chief Administrator.
  • Review all zoning and building applications.
  • Responsible for the issuing of all zoning, building permits and occupancy permits.
  • Over sees the inspections of residential building construction for 1, 2 & 3, family dwellings.
  • Reviews and prepare submissions for Architectural Review Board, agendas, minutes and correspondence pertaining to ARB matters.
  • Handles zoning complaints.
  • Enforces the property maintenance code violations.
  • Meets with property owners, residents, business owners to be of service and assist them with them with concerns, questions and matters pertaining to building and zoning.
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The Building Department works with two committees on decisions concerning area construction.  The Architectural Board of Review makes decisions regarding exterior design proposals.  The Board of Zoning Appeals handles requests for variances on renovations or new construction.  Many questions can be answered by consulting the Building Department FAQ below.  If you have additional questions, contact Harry Edwards at 440-247-3156.

Building and Zoning FAQ


Building Inspector

Harry Edwards
Building and Zoning Inspector

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Direct Line: 440-247-5050 ext. 3156

Please call the Building Secretary for General Questions at 440-247-5050




Assistant Building Inspector

Dominic Cribari
Assistant Building and Zoning Inspector

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Direct Line: 440-247-5050 ext. 5010

Please call the Building Secretary, Katie Knauff for General Questions at 440-247-5050 ext. 1912 or email at



Permits and Forms

ABR Application0.3 MiB34
Appeal Application 01-26-201769 KiB470
Commercial-Property-Release-Form47 KiB24
Concrete Wash Out90 KiB39
Contractor-Registration & Bond-Form0.4 MiB242
Ditch Enclosure Storm Sewer GUIDELINES0.1 MiB35
Electrical Residential Permit Form0.5 MiB94
Energy Code Compliance Rev (ID 37826)0.3 MiB984
Fence Wall Retaining Wall Permit Application0.3 MiB12
Form ParkEvent0.3 MiB482
Generator Permit Application-WHOLE HOUSE0.3 MiB60
Homeowner Affidavit For Permits34 KiB8
Lot Consolidation Split Form0.5 MiB313
Mechanical Residential Permit Form0.6 MiB82
Occupancy Application For Zoning Commerical Property61 KiB58
Plumbing Residential Permit Form1.1 MiB78
RCO Energy Compliance Declaration Form0.1 MiB292
RCO System Descriptions Form0.2 MiB300
Residential Combo Permit Form0.7 MiB145
Right-of-Way-Permit Sewer & Other0.4 MiB32
Sidewalk Cafe Permit Application35 KiB124
Siding Permit Applciation0.7 MiB73
Swimming Pool Permit Application0.7 MiB21
Variance Application BZA (2021-09-16)0.2 MiB120
Window-Permit-Application0.7 MiB60