City of Lakewood: Coronavirus/COVID-19 Response Update | The City of Lakewood, Ohio

City of Lakewood: Coronavirus/COVID-19 Response Update

April 09, 2020

The City of Lakewood continues to implement all recommended protocols and follow all guidance from public health leaders at the Centers for Disease Control, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.  Residents should practice social distancing and gatherings of any size are not permitted. Lakewood Police will be monitoring and enforcing the stay-at-home order as needed. 

City Hall is currently closed to the public.  In-person meetings are discouraged, however should an in-person meeting be necessary and social distancing protocols can be ensured, an appointment can be scheduled with adequate advance notice.

While City Hall is closed, all city departments and divisions are still operating and can be reached at their normal telephone numbers and email addresses. For a list of city department contact information, visit  Phone calls and emails to City staff are being answered and voicemail messages are being returned.

Building Department

In response to the state of emergency declared by Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health, the City of Lakewood – Division of Housing and Building has implemented the following TEMPORARY POLICIES to help protect the public health and safety until the state of emergency expires:

If you require an in-person meeting, an appointment can be scheduled with adequate advance notice by calling (216) 529-6270.

PERMIT APPLICATIONS can be mailed, emailed, faxed or dropped in the Building Department drop box at the main entrance of City Hall:

City of Lakewood
Division of Housing & Building
12650 Detroit Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107
Fax: 216-529-5930

CONSTRUCTION PLANS with the correct (commercial or residential) and complete plan review application, if less than 25 MB, can be emailed to  Larger plans and applications can be placed in the drop box at the main entrance to City Hall.


PAYMENT can be made by check (call to verify cost) or credit card over the phone.

INSPECTIONS – The Building Department is conducting all necessary construction (permit) inspections within 4 business days.  We have implemented a limited remote/virtual inspection program. For details, please refer to:

Until further notice, the Building Department has suspended non-essential property maintenance inspections including interior complaint inspections that do not have a life-safety component.  Scheduled property maintenance and safety inspections are canceled.  The Building Department will resume these inspections when the COVID-19 state of emergency has been lifted.


Following COVID-19 precautions while enjoying the City’s public parks is critical to public health and “flattening the curve”. The City requires the following guidelines while visiting parks:

  • Practice Social Distancing–Safely remain six feet away from others
  • Avoid Playgrounds–all playgrounds are closed per public health order from the Ohio Department of Health
  • Take turns using ramps and paths
  • Avoid crowded areas and contact sports
  • Avoid touching surfaces
  • Leave no trash behind to protect park workers
  • Stay home if you feel sick or have a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees

“During this difficult time, outdoor areas and parks are an important resource for the community and an outlet for families. However, in order for our parks to remain open, park goers must follow the Governor’s Order on social distancing. The last thing we would want is to close the parks but if these guidelines are not followed we will have to make the difficult decision to have them closed.” Mayor George said.

Refuse & Recycling

Due to the Easter holiday, there will be no refuse or recycling collection on Monday, April 13, 2020.

Normal collection days may change for the week of April 13th.  Please refer to the chart below:

If Your Normal Collection Day Is:Have your Refuse and Recycling Ready By:
Monday6:30 AM on Tuesday, April 14
Tuesday6:30 AM on Tuesday, April 14
Wednesday6:30 AM on Wednesday, April 15
Thursday6:30 AM on Thursday, April 16
Friday6:30 AM on Friday, April 17

In addition, there are some revised hours for the Refuse & Recycling Drop-Off Centers over the holiday weekend.  Please refer to the chart below:

Holiday Weekend Refuse & Recycling Drop-Off Center Hours

DateBerea Road Drop-Off CenterLakewood Park Satellite Station
Friday, April 10, 2020Open from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PMClosed
Saturday, April 11, 2020Open from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PMClosed
Sunday, April 12, 2020ClosedClosed
Monday, April 13, 2020ClosedOpen from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

For further information, contact the Lakewood Division of Refuse & Recycling at (216) 252-4322.

More Information

Please visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for further updates and alerts. Additionally, you can find more information at the following links:

The City of Lakewood has established a phone number featuring a recording of regular updates. Call 216-227-3240 to hear the latest coronavirus/COVID-19 news from the City.

Cuyahoga County’s ReadyNotify notification system is used by the City of Lakewood for timely public alerts. Visit to register.

The Ohio Department of Health has a call center to answer questions regarding coronavirus. The call center is open seven days a week, from 9:00am to 8:00pm and can be reached at 1-833-427-5634.