City Planning Commission - FAQs

If the Board approves my zoning appeal, when can I pick up my permit?

Unless there is additional information you are required to submit, the board will finalize your case during the next meeting that follows your hearing.Resolutions are mailed or may be picked up at City Hall in Room 516.You may then take the resolution to the Department of Building and Housing (City Hall Room 505) and continue with the permit process.

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City Planning Commission
Category:
Zoning

Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q994
If the Board of Zoning Appeals denies my appeal, can I request a rehearing or reconsideration from the Board?

The Board may consider a rehearing or reconsideration request if:

  • it is filed before the decision is ratified;
  • a $25 filing fee is paid;
  • an affidavit is included that states relevant new evidence, a law or other information not available at the time of the hearing.
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City Planning Commission
Category:
Zoning

Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q995
I was granted a variance but did not get the permits yet. Will my variance expire?

Variances expire 6 months after approval, if permits have not been processed and acted upon. Prior to the expiration date, you may submit a written request for a 6-month extension. An explanation of the reason for the delay and a check or money order for $50.00 made payable to the City of Cleveland are required with the request. It can be hand-delivered or mailed to:

Board of Zoning Appeals
City Hall Room 516
601 Lakeside Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114.

Once the extension is granted, you are advised to note the expiration date on your calendar.

From:
City Planning Commission
Category:
Zoning

Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q996
Is there a fee required when submitting an application for a hearing before the Board of Zoning Appeals?

Yes. The fee varies based upon the type of improvement for which the variance is being requested and generally range from $25 to $150. See Section 329.05 of the City's Codified Ordinances for more details.

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City Planning Commission
Category:
Zoning

Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q997
What is the process for a Zoning Map Amendment?

The change has to be initiated by Council, introduced/read for the first time to the Council of the Whole (generally on Monday evenings), City Planning Commission holds a public meeting to make a recommendation to the Council Committee, City Planning Committee of Council holds another public meeting, legislation is read 2 more times at the Council of the Whole meetings and finally after the 3rd reading there is a 40 day waiting period.

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City Planning Commission
Category:
Zoning

Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q999
How long does the Zoning Map Amendment process take?

Generally it takes 3 to 4 months unless the change is controversial.

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City Planning Commission
Category:
Zoning

Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q1000
How do I determine the legal use of my property?

Records on the legal uses of property are kept on file on the 5th Floor of City Hall in the Record Room of the Department of Building and Housing (216.664.2827)

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City Planning Commission
Category:
Zoning

Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q1017
How do I determine if my project will require Design Review?

Construction of all new residential, retail, office, institutional and public buildings are subject to design review.

In addition, new construction, demolition, exterior renovation, landscaping, fencing, new signs, awnings, and other changes are subject to design review, if they are located within Design Review Districts.

To determine whether your property is within a Design Review District, call 216.664.2210.

Open the map and click on "Layer Control" on the left side. When the box opens, turn on the "Design Review Districts" layer and hit "Refresh". Zoom in on your property.

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City Planning Commission
Category:
Design Review

Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q971
What am I required to submit for Design Review?

A checklist can be found here. If yours is a smaller project, you may not be required to submit all items on the checklist. City Planning staff or your local Community Development Corporation can review your project to determine which items will be needed.

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City Planning Commission
Category:
Design Review

Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q972
What is "design review"?

Through "design review", new buildings, renovations, demolitions and property improvements (parking, fencing, landscaping) are reviewed by City Planning to determine compatibility with surrounding buildings. Architectural style, building placement, color, materials, landscaping, driveway locations and other items are considered.This review applies to residential, retail, office, institutional and public buildings.

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City Planning Commission
Category:
Design Review

Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 1:29pm

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