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The City of Maple Heights Building Department is located on the first floor of the Maple Heights City Hall Building. The Department can be reached at 216-663-4094 between 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday through Thursday. The Building Department will is CLOSED from 12:00pm – 1:00pm Monday-Thursday and all day Friday.

PLEASE NOTE:  Effective Friday, March 11, the Building Department will re-open on Fridays, with the hours of 8:30 AM until 12:00 PM.   

General Information

The owner and or occupants are responsible for maintaining clean, sanitary and safe properties. They must be kept weather tight and the exterior of all structures must be kept free from decay or deterioration. Exterior surfaces must be kept clean, repaired and painted or resurfaced when necessary. Yards must be kept clean, neat and attractive at all times.

All contractors must be registered with The City of Maple Heights Building Department and obtain a permit prior to doing any work. For cost and other information contact the Building Department.

Commercial or business vehicle parking, outdoors, is not permitted in residential areas.

Unlicensed or seldom moved vehicles are not permitted to be parked in the open at a residence or most businesses. Vehicles MUST be parked only on a paved surface.

To Schedule An Inspection

Call MBIS Offices For Inspection: 440-399-0850

Please call MBIS Monday-Friday between the hours of 9am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm.  The office is closed for lunch between 12:00pm-1:00pm.
A 24 Hour minimum notice for ALL inspections is required.  
Please be prepared to give the following information when scheduling:               
  • Permit Number
  • Type of Inspection
  • Contractor
  • Contractor Contact Name
  • Contact Phone Number

Rental Registration 


Point of Sale Inspections

Building Department Permit Requirements

Home owners thinking about remodeling their home or adding other improvements, such as decks, spas or retaining walls, many times have a number of questions about building permits. This information is designed to give homeowners basic knowledge of when construction permits and other approvals are required by the city of Maple Heights. It also answers some of the most frequently asked questions and offers tips from the city. Since each construction project is unique, we invite you to call the Building Department, (216) 663-4094, for answers to your specific questions.


Vacant Property Registration/Notice of Foreclosure Form:


Requirements are very strict with the height not exceeding 6' in most cases. Fence permits are required before erection. If you are not sure of your property lines, contact a Land Surveyor prior to purchasing fence. Obtain a permit from the Building Department prior to installation.


All homeowners are required to maintain tree lawn, front yard and back yard. Grass/weeds should not exceed 5 inches.

Garage Sale Permit

City permit is required. Signs are NOT ALLOWED on tree lawns or utility poles within the City.

Real Estate

The follow are the requirements for Real Estate/Fore Sale/Rent Signs

  • 6 square feet maximum
  • 1 sign per lot
  • Must be 10 feet from lot.


Rubbish receptacles must be placed at the curb AFTER, BUT NOT BEFORE, 6:00 PM, of the day prior to collection and before 7:00 am on collection day. Store rubbish cans or receptacles at least 25' from any house.

If you have any information regarding vacant or bank owned properties, please contact the Building Departments Complaint Line at 216-587-9030 with an address, contact name and phone number.

Shed Specs

The follow are the requirements for Sheds:

  • 200 Square Feet Maximum.
  • Maximum 10 feet high (from surface of concrete pad).
  • Must be secured to a 4” concrete pad (minimum).
  • Must be 3 feet off property line.


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