Housing & Zoning Inspector
Enhanced Exterior Maintenance Inspection Program
Orange Village is conducting it's exterior maintenance
inspection program. In response to recent survey
results indicating a growing concern for the decline in
property upkeep throughout the community, the building
department will be stepping up its property maintenance enforcement.
and Zoning Inspector will drive through the community and evaluate the condition
of properties via a site inspection from the street. Exterior areas of all properties shall be kept free of any
objects, materials or conditions which may create a health, accident or fire hazard or adversely affect the
value of surrounding properties: including but not limited to such objects, materials or conditions as peeling
paint or bare untreated exterior surfaces, broken or dilapidated fences, decks, porches and accessory
structures, missing or broken windows and doors, unlicensed or immovable vehicles, and/or collections
of junk, rubbish or debris outside dwelling structures. If the inspector sees any violations of the Village’s
Ordinances, he will document the violation then prepare a first notice letter to the property owner. Property
owners will then have ten (10) days to contact Tom Shields, our Housing and Zoning Inspector, with either a
plan to correct the violation(s) or with a statement of intent to appeal the violation(s). If the property owner
does not contact the Housing and Zoning Inspector within the designated time specified in the letter, they
will be expected to correct the listed violation(s) within thirty (30) days of the date of the initial violation letter.
A follow-up inspection will be made after 30 days. If the owner has corrected the violation(s), the file will
be closed. However, if the violation(s) still exists the Inspector will generate a second and final violation
ticket. If the property owner refuses to cooperate with the Housing and Zoning inspector (or the Building
Commissioner) and does not file an appeal, the matter will be turned over to the Village Prosecutor to
proceed with legal action.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Housing and Zoning
Inspector Tom Shields at 440-287-5134 or Building Commissioner Fred White
Building permits are required when interior or exterior alterations are being made. If you are planning on adding a deck, changing walls, or mechanical systems such as wiring or plumbing, a permit is necessary.
The permit and inspection process is designed to aid residents in the building process. Proper planning and inspection can help assure homeowners, that any work being done meets quality building standards.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Applications for permits, and an explanation of the process may be acquired at Village Hall, Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 4:30, or For information call 498-4400.
Applications - Fees:
NEW CONSTRUCTION/RESIDENTIALSUBMITTAL PACKET
NEW CONSTRUCTION/COMMERCIALSUBMITTAL PACKET
See Additional Permits & Procedures
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
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.
Fee update: Sewage (Septic Tank) Program
(effective July 1, 2015)
Since 1993, The Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) has been committed to maintaining an effective Sewage Treatment System Operation and Management program, while keeping the annual permit cost to property owners as low as possible. Effective January 1, 2015, new statewide sewage regulations require local health departments to incorporate new categories within their fee structure in addition to revisiting fees that were in existence prior to the effective date of these new rules. These new fees will become effective on July 1, 2015.
Sustainable Building Award Program
Orange Village is leading the way to sustainable building, and a better quality of life for all.
Orange Village has recently created a certification program to promote green building in our community.
Orange Village promotes sustainable building and development, 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.
HABITAT RESTORE GROWS FASTER THAN EVER DURING TROUBLED TIMES
Sale of Low Cost Materials Promotes Home Restoration & Repair
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/
Protect Your Home
Homeowners/Renter Insurance for Emergencies & Disasters
Damage 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 an Individual Assistance Fact Sheet with complete information.
Heritage Home Program
The Heritage Home Program is available to owners of Orange Village homes that are 50 years and older.
Click here to learn about the FREE services and low interest loans.
Specialists working for the Program answer home maintenance and rehab questions and provide an impartial opinion – one that doesn’t include trying to sell a product or service. This advice is absolutely FREE. This component of the Heritage Home Program is what sets it apart from other programs of its kind. Now 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 following FREE services:
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:
- Site visits to answer home repair, improvement and maintenance questions.
- Advice about increasing energy efficiency.
- Contractor Resources
- Evaluation of contractor bids and estimates.
- Exterior and interior painting
- Kitchen and bath improvements
- Compatible additions
- Roof repair and replacement
- Basement waterproofing
- Window repair
- Masonry repair
- 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.