Building Department

Chief Building Official

Robert W. McLaughlin

440.287.5133

 


Building Administrator

Karen Morocco

440.287.5132

 


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Housing & Zoning Inspector

Tom Shields

440.287.5134

 


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Snow Plowing Regulations

All snow plow contractors must have a permit to plow private driveways in Orange Village.  Contractors may obtain a permit at the Building Department Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or call 440-498-4400 or click  here to download the Snow Plowing Contractor Application.  Decals, to be displayed on vehicles will be issued with the permits.


 

heritageHeritage House Program
The Heritage Home Program is available to owners of Orange Village homes that are 50 years and older, with  FREE services and low interest loans.

Specialists answer home maintenance and rehab questions and provide an impartial opinion (one that doesn’t include trying to sell a product or service) for free.  Any homeowner wishing to do work on their older home can have the help and answers they need in order to get the project done properly. We urge you to take advantage of the FREE services:

Site visits to answer home repair, improvement and maintenance questions.
Advice about increasing energy efficiency.
Contractor Resources Evaluation of contractor bids and estimates.

Qualified homeowners also have the option of obtaining a low-interest, fixed-rate Heritage Home Program loan, with rates as low as 2.0% for up to 10 years! There are no maximum income restrictions. The owner just needs to have good credit and sufficient equity in the home to support the loan. There are no points involved with the Heritage Home Program loan and the interest is tax deductible! Eligible Projects include:

Exterior and interior painting
Kitchen and bath improvements
Compatible additions
Roof repair and replacement
Basement waterproofing
Window repair
Masonry repair
Insulation
HVAC upgrades
And much, much more!

The Heritage Home Program loan is available for owners of residential properties of three units or less, regardless of whether the owner resides at the property. Homeowners receive custom construction specifications for exterior projects and Heritage Home Program staff is available from project start to finish! Learn more or get started by contacting the Heritage Program. Call 216-426-3116 Email hhp@heritagehomeprogram.org Website www.heritagehomeprogram.org


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Habitat for Humanity ReStore
The Restore program helps homeowners purchase materials at below retail prices and helps builders and homeowners who donate to save on tip fees, reduce landfill and support Habitat for Humanity programs. It’s a win win!
View program details or visit http://www.clevelandhabitat.org/Restore/


Homeowners/Renter Insurance for Emergencies & Disasters

floodDamage caused by rain, hail, lightning and tornado are generally covered by a standard homeowners insurance policy and an auto insurance policy’s “comprehensive” or “other than collision” coverage.

Flood insurance is not included in a typical homeowner’s and renter’s policy. It is made available by the federal National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) at www.floodsmart.gov and is purchased through an insurance agent. People should regularly review their need for flood insurance because there is a 30-day waiting period for coverage to start.

Cuyahoga County Public Safety and Justice Services issued a Homeowners Executive Summary and anIndividual Assistance Fact Sheet with complete information.


Housing Rehab Loans
The Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program(HRLP) enables eligible low-and-moderate income homeowners in participating communities to address major housing components (roof,electrical,furnace & plumbing) that have been compromised. Correcting major housing components helps maintain the quality of their homes, and creates a positive effect in the surrounding neighborhood. Click here for details.

Complete the application for Building Contractor’s Registration.

Submit a Certificate of Insurance be sure to name Orange Village as additional insured.

If applying for a mechanical trade include State of Ohio License.

Include $75 registration fee.

Plowing contractors must  complete the Snow Plowing Contractor’s Registration form.

Remodeling or Rehabing a home requires permits. Construction plans shall be submitted to the Building Dept. for review and approval. Certain projects which do not require structural changes, the removal, relocating or building of walls may not require construction plans. When there are no wall or structural changes or if there is no floor plan changes (Kitchen/Bathrooms), a scope of work letter with detailed information may be submitted for review and approval.

Depending on your project all or some of the following construction documents are required.

Site plan to scale, foundation, post, beam, header, frame, railing or step- detail, floor plan, detailed cross sections, photos of the existing conditions or elevation drawings.


Point of Sale Inspection

If you are planning to sell your house you must first apply for a point of sale inspection. Application forms are available at the Building Department and on-line.

Point of Sale Application & Instructions Including Fire Dept Requirements – View the (ordinance)


 

Green Certification Program

Orange Village is leading the way to sustainable building, and a better quality of life for all.
Orange Village created a certification program to promote green building in order to:

  • Improve energy efficiency
  • Improve the quality of life
  • Reduced carbon footprint
  • Improve storm water quality
  • Enhance bio-diversity
  • Increase property values

The Orange Goes Green Certification Program provides guidelines and sets standards for builders.

Also developers who meet the standards will be awarded a certificate in recognition of their efforts. Read the Certification Program Manual to see how.

Regulations

Storm Water Regulations
Erosion Regulations


Trees & Shrubs
ORDINANCE NO. 2005-11
(AS AMENDED)
AN ORDINANCE
AMENDING SECTION 521.11 OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES
TO ENACT REQUIREMENTS FOR THE TRIMMING OF TREES,
SHRUBS AND WEEDS, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

WHEREAS, Council finds and determines that regulations related to the trimming of trees, shrubs and weeds need to be modified.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF ORANGE VILLAGE, CUYAHOGA COUNTY, STATE OF OHIO:
SECTION I. That existing Section 521.11, Noxious Weeds, of the Code of Ordinances of the Village be and the same hereby is amended to read and provide, in its entirety as follows:
*521.11 TRIMMING OF TREES, SHRUBS AND WEEDS REQUIRED.
(a) Trimming of Trees, Shrubbery The owner of every lot or parcel of land upon which a tree, plant or shrubbery stands with any part thereof upon or overhanging any public street, sidewalk or right of way shall conform to the regulations of this section. If such regulations are not followed, the Village shall cause such trees to be trimmed or cut down and removed in accordance with this section, with the costs to be assessed against the owner of the lot or parcel of land.

(1) The owner shall trim or cause to be trimmed every overhanging tree, plant or shrub so that a clear height of seven feet between the lowest branch and the street or sidewalk is maintained.

(2) The owner shall trim or remove, as the case may require, every dead, decayed or broken tree, plant, shrub or part thereof, so that the same shall not fall to the street or sidewalk.

(3) The owner shall cut down and remove any tree, plant, shrub or any part thereof, as may be necessary to provide a clear and unobstructed view of traffic from all directions at any street or intersection, or to abate any nuisance to protect the life, limb and property of persons, drivers of vehicles, or pedestrians using any street or sidewalk.

(b) Definitions As used in this section, the following definitions shall apply”

(1) ‘Noxious weed’ means any plant which is currently listed as a “prohibited and restricted noxious weed” by the Director of Agriculture in the Ohio Administrative Code.

(2) ‘Uncontrolled growth’ means all grasses and/or weeds growing at a height of eight inches or higher upon any developed property.

c) Uncontrolled Growth, Nuisance Uncontrolled growth, as defined in sub-section (b)(2) hereof, within the Orange Village, is hereby declared to be a public nuisance.

(d) Agricultural Use, Exempted Notwithstanding the provisions of this chapter, any land where grasses are grown in conjunction with the agricultural purposes of farming, dairying and/or pasturage shall not be subject to the provisions of this chapter.

(e) Removal of Noxious Weeds and/or Uncontrolled Growth Upon information that:

(1) Noxious weeds are growing on lands within the Village and are about to spread or mature seeds, and/or

(2) Uncontrolled growth is growing on lands or property which s adjacent to lots or lands upon which a residential welling or commercial building exists, whether or not such building is occupied, and/or all sublots in as recorded subdivision n their entirety.

The Building Commissioner shall cause written notice to be served upon the owner, lessee, agent or tenant having charge of any such lot or parcel of land, whether the same improved, vacant or occupied, notifying him or her that noxious weeds and/or uncontrolled growth is growing on such lot or parcel of land and that such noxious weeds and/or uncontrolled growth must be cut and destroyed within five days after the service of such notice.

(f) Notification: Service If such owner or other persons having charge of such lands is a resident whose address is known, personal service shall be made by any police officer or employee of the Village Building Department. If such owner, or other person shall be sent to his or her address by certified mail, return receipt requested: if the address of such owner is unknown, it shall be sufficient to publish such notice once in a newspaper of general circulation in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

(g) Compliance. The owner, occupant or person having the charge or management of any lot or parcel of land situated within the Village, whether the same is improved or unimproved, vacant or occupied, within five days after written notice that noxious weeds and/or uncontrolled growth is growing on such lands, is served upon him or her in conformity with this section, shall cut or destroy or cause to be cut or destroyed all noxious weeds and/or uncontrolled growth, and prevent the same from blooming, going to seed or spreading.

(h) Noncompliance Remedy of Village If the owner, lessee, agent or tenant having charge of the lands herein fails to comply with such notice, the Building Commissioner shall cause such noxious weeds and/or uncontrolled growth to be cut and destroyed, and the expenses so incurred shall be paid out of the treasury of the Village, and an invoice of such costs, including administrative costs, shall be submitted to the owner, lessee, agent or tenant for reimbursement to the Village.

(i) Collection of Costs In the event the owner, lessee, agent or tenant does not reimburse the Village for the expenses incurred in furtherance of this section, the Treasurer shall certify such expenses to the Auditor of Cuyahoga County with the request that such amount be entered upon the tax duplicate and a lien upon such lands, from and after the date of the entry, and be collected as other taxes and returned to the Village according to law.

(j) Penalty Whoever violates any provision of this chapter shall e deemed guilty of a minor misdemeanor and fined not more than one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00). Each day’s violation shall constitute a separate offense.

SECTION 2. That existing Section 521.11 and all other ordinances or parts thereof in conflict with this ordinance be, and the same hereby are, repealed.

SECTION 3. That actions of this council concerning and relating to the passage of this legislation were adopted in an open meeting of this Council and that all deliberations of this council and of any of its committees that resulted in such formal action were in meetings open to the public, in compliance with all legal requirements including Chapter 105 of the Codified Ordinances of Orange Village.

SECTION 4. That this ordinance constitutes an emergency measure in hat the same provides for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, safety and welfare of the the inhabitants of Orange Village. Specifically, residence with the Village have very long grass which require immediate attention to prevent annoyances and harms to neighboring properties. Wherefore, this ordinance shall take effect and be in force from and after its adoption by Council and approval by the Mayor.

Passed 9-14-2005 Susan L Bonk, Clerk
Delivered to Mayor 9-14-2005
Signed Kathy U Mulcahy
Mayor

Lisa S. Perry
President of Council

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ORDINANCE NO. 2005-16
AN ORDINANCE

AMENDING CHAPTER 521 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF ORANGE VILLAGE TO REGULATE THE PLACEMENT OF TREE LIMBS OR BRANCHES IN A VILLAGE RIGHT OF WAY OR IN A FRONT YARD.

WHEREAS, Council finds and determines that the early placement of tree limbs or branches within the Village’s rights of way or front yard of properties is creating significant health risks and safety hazards for the entire Village, including but not limited to providing habitat to animals in close proximity to the Village’s streets and creating unsightly conditions within the Village: and

WHEREAS, Council finds and determines that there s a need for regulations related to the placement of tree limbs in the Village’s rights of way or the front yard of properties: and

WHEREAS, believes that limiting the placement of limbs within the Village’s rights of way or front yards to not more than one (1) week before a regularly scheduled or special pick-up date is a reasonable regulation which furthers the health, safety and welfare of the Village: and

WHEREAS; Council does not wish to punish a merely negligent violation of this ordinance.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF ORANGE VILLAGE, COUNTY OF CUYAHOGA, STATE OF OHIO:

Section 1. That existing Chapter 521 of the Code of Ordinances of Orange Village be and the same hereby is amended by the addition of Section 521.15, Placement of Tree Limbs in Right of Way or Front Yard, which shall read and provide, in it’s entirety, as follows: *521.15 PLACEMENT OF TREE LIMBS IN RIGHT OF WAY OR FRONT YARD.

(a) Neither an owner nor an occupant of any property, nor such owner’s or occupant’s agent, contractor or employee shall place any tree limb or branch in any Village right of way or in the front yard of any property knowing that the regularly or specially scheduled branch collection day is more than one week after the day such tree limb or branch is placed in the right of way or front yard.

(b) Upon being notified by any Village official that tree limbs or branches have been placed in the Village right of way or the property’s front yard more than one week before a regularly or specially scheduled branch collection date, no owner or occupant of any property shall fail to remove or cause the removal, within twenty four (24) hours of such notice from the Village, of any tree limb or branch placed within the Village right of way or on the front yard of the property.

(c) Whoever violates any provision of that section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor for the first offense, and a misdemeanor of the fourth degree for any subsequent offense. Each day’s violation shall constitute a separate offense.”

Section 2. That any and all ordinances or parts thereof in conflict with this ordinance be and the same hereby are repealed.

Section 3. That actions of this Council concerning and relating to the passage of this legislation were adopted in an open meeting of this Council and that all deliberation of this Council and of any of its committees that resulted in such formal action were in compliance with all legal requirements including Chapter 105 of the Codified Ordinances of Orange Village.

Section 4. That this ordinance shall be in full force and effect at the earliest time permitted by law.

Passed 8-30-2005 Susan L Bonk, Clerk
Delivered to Mayor 8-30-2005
Signed Kathy U Mulcahy
Mayor

Lisa S. Perry
President of Council

NEW REGULATIONS RELATING TO THE STORAGE OF
RECREATIONAL VEHICLES, TRUCKS AND TRAILERS
An ordinannce amending Section 1162.09 of the Code of Ordinances of Orange Village was passed by Council at the June Council Meeting. The ammended ordinance now states that:

˜Vehicles or trailers of any kind stored on residentially zoned property without current license plates or a current valadation sticker must be stored in a completely enclosed garage/ permanent structure.
˜No more than one inoperable vehicle may be stored on residential property and must be stored in a completely enclosed garage/permanent structure.
˜No more than one vehicle with truck license plates may be parked outside a completely enclosed garage/permanent structure on residential property, provided that the truck does not exceed a maximum one (1) ton capacity rating. All other vehicles having truck license plates must be housed within a completely enclosed permanent structure.
˜The selling of used or previously owned vehicles from residential properties is permitted provided that the total number of vehicles for sale during any given twelve month period is limited to four and not more than one vehicle at any given time. Any vehicle for sale must be titled to the current resident or owner of the property upon which the vehicle is displayed.
Contact the Building Department at Village Hall if you have any questions or if you would like to have a copy of this ordinance.

ORANGE VILLAGE 4600 Lander Rd. Orange Village, Ohio 44022 440-498-4400


NEW REGULATIONS RELATING TO THE STORAGE OF
RECREATIONAL VEHICLES, TRUCKS AND TRAILERS
An ordinannce amending Section 1162.09 of the Code of Ordinances of Orange Village was passed by Council at the June Council Meeting. The ammended ordinance now states that:

˜Vehicles or trailers of any kind stored on residentially zoned property without current license plates or a current valadation sticker must be stored in a completely enclosed garage/ permanent structure.
˜No more than one inoperable vehicle may be stored on residential property and must be stored in a completely enclosed garage/permanent structure.
˜No more than one vehicle with truck license plates may be parked outside a completely enclosed garage/permanent structure on residential property, provided that the truck does not exceed a maximum one (1) ton capacity rating. All other vehicles having truck license plates must be housed within a completely enclosed permanent structure.
˜The selling of used or previously owned vehicles from residential properties is permitted provided that the total number of vehicles for sale during any given twelve month period is limited to four and not more than one vehicle at any given time. Any vehicle for sale must be titled to the current resident or owner of the property upon which the vehicle is displayed.
Contact the Building Department at Village Hall if you have any questions or if you would like to have a copy of this ordinance.