Contact Information

Building and Zoning Department

In order to keep our staff safe and healthy, Village Hall is currently closed to the public, effective November 20th, 2020. 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 and is sanitized regularly.

New buildings going up in Chagrin Falls

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.
Machinery hovers near a new building in Chagrin Falls.

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
Chagrin Falls Building Inspector Harry Edwards

I have been with the Village of Chagrin Falls since 1977 starting out as serving as a Volunteer Fireman.

In  October 1985, I worked full time in the Service Department before transferring to the Utilities Department in 1991. I worked there in the Water & Waste Departments as a Class One Waste Water Operator until 1999. After that, I transferred to Village Administration to became the first full time Building & Zoning Inspector for Chagrin Falls, certified as residential building inspector, and residential plumbing inspector.

In 2010, I retired from the Chagrin Falls Fire Department as a part time class one Firefighter/EMT after 32 years of service.

Harry Edwards
Building  and Zoning Inspector

Email Me

Direct Line: 440-247-3156

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

Permits and Forms

ABR APPLICATION For Fence Retaining Wall Siding Windows0.9 MiB158
ABR Application0.3 MiB23
Affidavit On Lot Inheritance12 KiB1299
Appeal Application 01-26-201769 KiB265
Commercial Property Release Form48 KiB1514
Contractor-Registration-Bond-Form0.4 MiB57
Ditch Enclosure Water Control Right Of Way Application0.2 MiB91
Electrical Permit Form0.5 MiB87
Energy Code Compliance Rev (ID 37826)0.3 MiB690
Fee Schedule 0.1 MiB3467
Fence/Retaining Wall Application0.6 MiB956
Form ParkEvent0.3 MiB205
Generator Permit Application-WHOLE HOUSE0.3 MiB274
Homeowner Affidavit For Permits34 KiB452
Lot Consolidation Split Form0.5 MiB259
Mechanical Permit Form0.6 MiB77
Plumbing Residential Permit Form0.7 MiB384
RCO Energy Compliance Declaration Form0.1 MiB248
RCO System Descriptions Form0.2 MiB255
Residential Permit Form0.7 MiB883
Right Of Way Permit App-Storm Sanitary Water Line OTHER0.2 MiB149
Sidewalk Cafe Permit Application 202135 KiB77
Siding Permit Applciation0.7 MiB123
Sign Permit Application0.6 MiB8
Swimming Pool Permit Application0.7 MiB48
Variance Application BZA (2021-09-16)0.2 MiB38
Window Permit Application0.7 MiB154
Zoning Occupancy Application50 KiB2220