The Recreation Department offers a wide range of programming for every season and every age. Make a selection below to learn more.
Youth (Ages 5+)
Pop Up Programs
Pop Up Programs
The Recreation Department is responsible for the Memorial Day Parade and also strives to present special events throughout the year, including the annual 4th of July pool party, pop-up programming, movies, music, and more. Follow us on Facebook or sign up for our Rec ENews to stay in the know about these events.
The Lynn Ruffner Recreation for Youth Scholarship Fund provides annual scholarships through the Recreation Department. Scholarships are awarded based on qualifying need and can be applied to summer camps. Applications for scholarships are available at Thornton Park. To make a donation, please call Cydney Johnson at 216-491-2580.
Location: Sutton Place & Ashby Road
Open Play Area
Building & Housing Department
The Building & Housing Department was created in December 2017 as a result of a merger between the Building and Housing Inspection Departments. We are working to create a combined presence for the new department on this website, but in the meantime please use the information and links below to find what you're looking for. If you're not sure where to start, please call the Building & Housing Department at 216-491-1460.
3400 Lee Road
Shaker Heights, OH 44120-3493
216-491-1460 | Email
Select Building for help with:
- Building Permits/Inspections
- New Construction/Renovation - Residential/Commercial
- Business Licenses
- Stop Work Orders
- Building Code Plan Review
- Construction Guidelines & Building Specifications
- List of Registered Contractors
- Commercial Property Maintenance
3450 Lee Road
Shaker Heights, OH 44120-3629
216-491-1470 | Email
Select Housing for help with:
- Housing Inspections
- Point of Sale (POS)
- Residential Periodic Inspections
- Complaint Inspections
- Rental Inspections
- POS Escrow
- Residential Property Maintenance
- Vacant House/Lot Complaints
- Complaints About Landlords
- Housing Code Compliance
- Inspection Guidelines and Forms
Sidewalks and Driveway Aprons
In Shaker Heights, residents are responsible for maintaining their sidewalks and driveway aprons. Sidewalks and driveway aprons are inspected every three years (or when a house is sold). Residents will receive a notice from the City when repairs are necessary. Residents may hire a contractor through the City who will make the repairs, but they will be charged for the work by the Public Works Dept. Residents may also hire their own contractor to make the repairs.
Please download and view the City’s rules and procedures for sidewalk and driveway apron repairs. Questions? Contact Public Works at 491-1490.
The Van Aken District: Fit Out Information
Resources for Tenants, Design Teams, and Contractors
Learn more about:
- Tenant Mailing Addresses
- Storefront Systems and Signage
- Building Plan Review Process
- Food Licenses
- Contractor Registration Requirements
- Fire Extinguishers
- Fire Protection Acceptance Tests
- Work Hours
- Contractor Parking
- Business License - Commercial Occupancy Permit Requirements
Tenant Mailing Addresses
The Van Aken District includes three new streets: Walker, Tuttle, and Meade. The Building & Housing Department is working with the U.S. Postal Service to create mailing addresses for these streets. Your specific mailing address will be assigned by RMS. Please refer to the Master Mailing Address List (maintained by RMS).
It is critical that all communications, including permit applications and plan submissions, reference the specific mailing address for the tenant location. Office tenants must also include their suite number.
Review of Storefront Systems and Signage
Storefront systems, signage, and any other exterior modifications require review by the City's Architectural Board of Review (ABR). We strongly recommend you get your application in early. ABR meets the first and third Monday of every month and may require several re-submissions before granting approval.
City Hall, Building & Housing Department, 3400 Lee Rd.
Application for Plan Approval
A completed application with drawings is required.
No payment is due at the time of submission. You will be required to pay your plan review fees when your permits are issued.
Number of Sets
Click here to find out how many sets of your plans you are required to submit. All sets must be dropped off at the Building Department and will be routed accordingly (Fire, Plans Examiner, etc.).
Reviews can take up to 30 days, though we strive to turn around small submissions in 10 business days. If we do not approve your plans the first time, you will be required to re-submit them. In general, we recommend design teams get their plans in as early as possible to accommodate necessary re-submissions.
Contractor Registration Requirements
All contractors, including sub-contractors, are required to be registered with the City of Shaker Heights. Registration is $125 per trade and must be renewed each calendar year. Click here for more information.
Permits are required for your project. No work may start until permits are issued, even if you have submitted your plans.
Note: If you intend to make changes to your plan after your permits have been issued, you must submit your revised plans for another round of review and approval.
These rules are strictly enforced. Any work performed without the proper permit is subject to a penalty of double the permit fee.
Refer to the fee schedule to calculate your payment. All tenant fit outs for the Van Aken District are considered "New Construction." Please add state tax of 3 percent to your fee total. As noted, you will also be expected to pay the costs of your plan review when your permits are issued.
When your permits are issued, you will also get a set of approved plans. Please keep these plans on site for inspectors to reference.
Food Licenses: Please contact the Cuyahoga County Board of Health at 216-201-2000 to schedule your pre-licensing inspection. Please call at least one week prior to your anticipated opening date. Learn more about the County's food licensing process.
Fire Protection Acceptance Tests
Any construction work that creates a noise disturbance in a residential area is not permitted during the following times:
Monday–Friday, 7 pm to 7 am
Saturday and Sunday, 5 pm to 9 am
- Street parking on adjacent streets.
- First row of parking spots next to the Rapid tracks in Shaker Plaza.
- Municipal Farnsleigh Rd. parking lot. (Note: most of this lot is controlled by Marous Brothers. One row is available to the public and/or other non-Marous Brothers contractors.)
- Thornton Park. Two lots are available; one lot is accessible from Warrensville Center Rd., and the other is accessible from Farnsleigh Rd.
- As directed by RMS and Turner Construction (temporary parking may become available).
Do Not Park:
- Any row other than the first row next to the Rapid tracks in Shaker Plaza.
- Ohio Savings or Key Bank.
- Any other private property.
Business License - Commercial Occupancy Permit Requirements
To open for business, you will need to obtain a Business License - Commercial Occupancy Permit. All other permits must be finaled out before we issue the Commercial Occupancy Permit.
Submit your application for the Business License - Commercial Occupancy Permit to the Building & Housing Department with the required $100 fee.
As part of this process, please schedule the final life safety check of your space by calling the Building & Housing Department at 216-491-1461. The Assistant Fire Chief and a Building Inspector will conduct this inspection, which takes 30 minutes on average. Food operators must also provide a copy of the food license at this inspection. If everything checks out, your Commercial Occupancy Permit will be issued and you may open for business.
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