Annually, a Legal Notice is published advising owners, operators, and persons in possession or control of vacant parcels of the requirements of the City of Cleveland Codified Ordinances Chapter 209. For further information, download the Notification Letter and read Chapter 209.
Consistent with Chapter 209, a privately owned vacant structure/lot that has been cut will receive an invoice for the services rendered. The property owner must pay the invoice or protest the charge(s). To protest the charge, the property owner(s) must complete the protest form found on the back of the invoice within 10 days of receiving the invoice, then deliver the original copy and any supporting documents to:
Division of Park Maintenance & Properties
500 Lakeside Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Once the protest is received, the investigation is started. Contingent upon the content of the protest and whether or not associated documents are provided, the protest can be granted, denied, or adjusted. A granted protest means the charges will be removed in full. A denied protest means that the charges on the invoice remain as-is. An adjustment means that the invoiced charges may be reduced based on the information that has been provided.
If the protest is denied, a Hearing Form will be sent to the property owner(s) along with the Denial Letter. An in-person hearing may be granted to allow a property owner(s) to bring any documents that may dispute the invoiced charges. The property owner(s) will receive, in writing, a hearing date which will be scheduled for 30 or more days into the future. If the property owner(s) does not attend the hearing or the information they provide is insufficient, the protest is denied.
After a Hearing Denial Letter is issued, the parcel owner(s) has 30 days from the decision date to file an appeal with the Board of Zoning Appeals (BOZA). To request an Appeal of a Denial Letter, contact BOZA at 216-664-2580.