Lakewood: The City of Beautiful Homes
Lakewood has a total of 32,000 housing units citywide including 12,700 one- or two-family homes. With research and a comprehensive housing survey, the continuing Housing Forward initiative has provided the city with more data on these 12,700 homes than ever before.
By using this solid data in the Division of Housing and Building — and sharing that data with homeowners — Lakewood has seen the number of residential building permits continue to climb.
Stewardship, options, quality+-
A city’s building department is a part of its backbone and growth source. It exists to enhance safety, improve housing and commercial buildings, and to curb signs of blight. This is especially true in a city such as Lakewood, whose homes are entering their second century of life.
Lakewood has a total of 32,000 housing units citywide including 12,700 one- or two-family homes. Through research and a comprehensive housing survey, the city’s Housing Forward initiative has provided the city with more data on these 12,700 homes than ever before.
By using good data in the Division of Housing and Building, and sharing that data with homeowners, Lakewood has seen the number of residential building permits increase since 2010.
Inspecting, preventing, assisting+-
The Division of Housing and Building provides code enforcement and plan examination services. Here’s a list of all work that would require an inspection. For a closer look at the city’s building and housing code, click here. Also, here’s the link to the Ohio Building Code and the link to the national electric code. The city conducts annual inspections on rental property, permit inspections, complaint inspections, and prior to sale inspections (see a sample checklist here). The Division issues permits on new construction, repairs, and alterations. The Division maintains a registry of contractors able to work in the City. It also accepts applications for the Board of Zoning Appeals, Board of Building Standards, Architectural Board of Review, and the Planning Commission. To apply or register with the building department, click here. For more information, call (216) 529-6270 or send an email to email@example.com.
The building and housing department is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with payments accepted until 3 p.m.
- Michael J. Molinski, City Architect / Building Commissioner
- Joseph A. Meyers, Assistant Building Commissioner
- Mark D. Jewitt, Property Maintenance Supervisor
Investing in our neighborhoods+-
As a city with a population of more than 50,000 people, the city of Lakewood is a Community Development Block Grant entitlement community. The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.
To receive its annual CDBG entitlement grant, a grantee must develop and submit to HUD its Consolidated Plan, which is a jurisdiction’s comprehensive planning document and application for funding under the following Community Planning and Development formula grant programs: CDBG, HOME Investment Partnerships, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), and Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG). For more information, or to find out more about elibility requirements, call 216-529-4663 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) is 17-member committee responsible for making recommendations on the allocation of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), HOME, and American Dream Downpayment Initiative (ADDI) funds that are granted on an annual basis to the City of Lakewood by the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Litter Control, high grass, weeds+-
Refuse must be stored in cans with tight fitting lids and not placed on the tree lawn before 6:00 PM the evening prior to pick up. Property owners can be cited for insanitary conditions if refuse is not properly contained. (Refer to LCO, Chapter 17, Sanitary Code. Every property owner in the City is responsible for keeping their lawns mowed and free from weeds. Grass or weeds six inches or higher are in violation of Chapter 1775 of the Lakewood Codified Ordinances and are subject to citation. If the property owner, occupant or management does not remove high grass and weeds after receiving a citation, the City of Lakewood may remove them at a cost of $100/hour. If you would like to report a property with high grass and/or weeds, please use the Report Problem/Concern form.
This list is updated monthly by the Division of Housing and Building and includes those contractors currently registered with the City of Lakewood. Any contractor offering services in the city must register on an annual basis and have valid insurance on file with the city. The city is prohibited from recommending any particular contractor and strongly encourages that references be obtained prior to entering into a contract. Complete list of Registered Contractors.
Housing Financial Assistance+-
The Lakewood HOME Program provides one of the best mortgage financing packages available to qualified first time homebuyers interested in purchasing a Lakewood home. Assistance, which comes in the form of a 0% interest, no monthly payment second mortgage is used to assist with both down payment and closing costs. Learn more
The Department of Planning and Development offers a variety of other housing financial assistance programs that may suit your needs. Learn more
To get more information — or to find out if you qualify — call (216) 529-HOME (4663) or send an email to email@example.com.
- Best Rental Practices: A Manual for Lakewood Landlords
The City has provided a guideline for landlords to help with various issues including applicant screening, rental agreements, crisis resolution, working with our building and housing officials and other problems facing landlords.
- A Friendly Lakewood Landlord Quiz
Take a short quiz to test your knowledge as a landlord!
How to be a GREAT Landlord in the City of Lakewood
Here’s a brief list of the steps you must take to become a well-informed and effective landlord within the City of Lakewood.
- Tenant Screening Discount Program
Lakewood Landlords are entitled to deep discounts on tenant screening services. Click here to find out more.
- Landlord Training Seminar Presentation
Take a look at the Powerpoint presentation for the most recent Landlord Training Seminar.
- Landlord Training Seminar Video
Take a look at the most recent Landlord Training Seminar video.
- Best Rental Practices: A Manual for Lakewood Landlords
Homeowner's Tax Abatement Program+-
The City of Lakewood was the first municipality in the State of Ohio to enact legislation allowing homeowner’s to qualify for a property tax abatement that defers a property tax increase for five (5) years on qualifying home improvements. This was done to encourage property owners to reinvest in their properties.
The Tax Abatement Program is administered through the Cuyahoga County Property Appraisal Department and applies to one- and two-family dwelling units. The abatement is for certain new construction and improvement projects that cost at least $2,500 and cause an increase in the assessed value of the property. The City of Lakewood automatically notifies the County of all qualifying projects once work is complete and permits have been closed.
Eligible Projects are:
- Accessory Buildings (Garages)
- Indoor Fireplaces
- In-ground pools
- Major Rehab Projects
- New Whole House Air Conditioning
- New Decks and Porches (Not Replacements)
(Note: Not all projects raise property values and do not qualify for abatement)
The County utilizes the information from the City of Lakewood when determining the value for your property.
Housing License Renewal+-
To renew your one- and two-family or your multi-family housing license, please click here to fill out the application.
Downloads: For Homeowners, Contractors, and Landlords+-
- Anatomy of a Porch
- Commercial certificate of occupancy permit application
- Contractor prequalification for dye testing
- Cuyahoga County Board of Health “Lead Safe” initiative
- Downspout Diagram
- Dye Test FAQs
- Financial and Technical Resources
- Flood Clean Up Information
- Garage Fire Resistance Rating Requirements – 2016
- Garage PFG and Shallow Foundation Attachments
- Garage prototype 2016
- How To Fill Out Your 1 & 2 Family Housing License Online
- Landlord Guide to renting to pet owners
- Non Residential Energy Assessment
- One- and two-family home attic remodel worksheet
- Permit Fee Schedule
- Permit Requirements
- Point of Sales Inspection (ordinance)
- Residential certificate of occupancy permit application
- Required Inspections by Permit Type in Lakewood
- Side-yard air conditioning
- Site Plan Template
- Small Business is Big Business in Lakewood
- Stairway Design
- Substantial Amendment for Homeless Prevention & Rapid Re-housing Program
- Swimming Pool Brochure – 2016
- Tips on securing your Certificate of Occupancy
- To open a new business, relocate or change tenacy of an existing business, a Certificate of Occupancy is needed.
- Trees In Lakewood
- Vacant Housing License Application
State of Ohio Recommended Plan Review Checklists
FY 2018 Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) Process+-
Lakewood’s Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)
Lakewood’s Federal Funding Sources
FY18 CAC Meeting/Hearing & Applicant Presentation Schedules
FY18 CAC Meeting Agendas & Minutes
Lakewood CDBG & ESG Funding Allocations (FY11-FY17)
City Administration FY18 CDBG & ESG Allocation Recommendations
FY18 Federal Funding Application Materials
Presentation Session #1 (10/11/17)
Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center (DVCAC)
Department of Planning & Development
Presentation Session #2 (10/18/17)
North Coast Health (NCH)
Lakewood Department of Public Works (DPW)
Lakewood Department of Human Services (DHS)
Presentation Session #3 (10/25/17)
Lakewood Division of Community Development (DCD)
Lakewood Community Services Center (LCSC)
FY18 Public Notices
FY18 Federal Funds Availability Notice (8.10.17)
FY18 CAC Public Hearing #1 Notice (10.5.17)
FY18 CAC Public Hearing #2 Notice (10.26.17)
FY18 CAPER Notice (3.8.18)
Lakewood FY18 Action Plan Notice (5.17.18)
Please contact the Cleveland Legal Aid Society’s (https://lasclev.org/) Tenant Information Line at (216) 861-5955 for information and assistance regarding tenants’ rights and landlord responsibilities under Ohio Landlord Tenant Law.
Cleveland Legal Aid Society now (https://lasclev.org/) handles tenants’ questions through a new Tenant Information Line: 216.861.5955. Tenants can call between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and leave a message with their name, phone number and brief description of their housing question. Someone will call back within 24 business hours.
For access to quick housing help, see the info below available by text message and online.
- Tenant Information Line H Call 216.861.5955
- Respond to eviction complaint: Text FAQ EVICTION to 216.242.1544
- Return of security deposit: Text FAQ DEPOSIT to 216.242.1544
- How to rent deposit: Text FAQ REPAIRS to 216.242.1544
- Lead poisoning information: Text FAQ LEAD to 216.242.1544
- For other housing information: Visit https://lasclev.org/category/faqs/housing-faqs/
- How to Rent Deposit when Housing Conditions are a Problem
- Ohio Landlord-Tenant Law: The Basics
- Lead Poisoning: Rights, Remedies & Resources
The City of Lakewood is deeply committed to promoting non-discrimination; affirmatively furthering fair housing choice; enforcing local, state, and federal fair housing law; identifying and eliminating barriers to fair housing choice; disseminating information regarding fair housing rights and obligations; and ensuring residents and those seeking accommodations in Lakewood enjoy equal access to decent, safe, affordable housing.
The Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of Race, Color, Religion, Gender, National Origin, Disability and Familial Status.
Chapter 516 of Lakewood’s Codified Ordinances expands the list of protected classes from (7) to (9) by prohibiting discrimination in housing on the basis of both Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression.
FAIR HOUSING COMPLAINT ASSISTANCE
City of Lakewood
If you are a Lakewood resident and believe your fair housing rights have been violated, please complete Lakewood’s Fair Housing Complaint Information Form and contact:
Fair Housing Officer
The Housing Research & Advocacy Center also processes fair housing complaints on behalf of Lakewood residents.
Additional Fair Housing Complaint Resources
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
- Online Complaint Form
- Housing Discrimination Complaint iOS App
- Housing Discrimination Complaint Android App
ANALYSIS OF IMPEDIMENTS TO FAIR HOUSING CHOICE (AI)
As a recipient of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Lakewood must affirmatively further fair housing choice. The city’s Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) is critical to meeting this obligation.
The AI process involves a thorough examination of a variety of sources related to housing, affirmatively furthering fair housing, the fair housing delivery system and housing transactions, particularly for persons who are protected under fair housing law. AI sources include census data, employment and income information, home mortgage application data, federal and state fair housing complaint information, surveys of housing industry experts and stakeholders, and related information found in the public domain.
An AI also includes an active and involved public input and review process via direct contact with stakeholders, public forums to collect input from citizens and interested parties, distribution of draft reports for citizen review and formal presentations of findings and actions the city will undertake to overcome the identified impediments.
FAIR HOUSING ACTION PLAN
Lakewood’s Fair Housing Action Plan sets forth specific actions the city will take to affirmatively further fair housing and address the impediments to fair housing choice identified in the Analysis of Impediments.
LAKEWOOD HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
Lakewood’s Human Rights Commission (HRC) was established in 2016 as part of the city’s comprehensive Human Rights Ordinance which protects citizens from discrimination in the areas of housing, employment, education, and public accommodations. The HRC receives, initiates, investigates, conciliates, and adjudicated complaints alleging unlawful discrimination and partners with community stakeholders in the development of education and outreach programs regarding equal opportunity and fair housing choice. The commission is comprised of Lakewood’s Director of Planning & Development (or his or her designee); a mayoral appointee; and a City Council appointee and members may serve one three year term.
FAIR HOUSING LINKS