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An open porch or deck is permitted to be built in the front yard a extending maximum of 10 feet in front of the home foundation wall.
Supply a plot plan showing:
Yes. Visit the Building Forms page to obtain copies of relevant permit application forms.
Yes, any repairs to or new driveway requires a paving permit. Visit the Building Forms page to find the permit form you need.
View the current Fee Schedule (PDF) to determine the costs of your permit.
Yes, permits are required for both. Visit the Building Forms page to obtain applications for your permits.
No, wire mesh is not required but is strongly recommended in the driveway. Wire mesh is not permitted in the public sidewalk or public apron.
Gravel no larger than 2 inches in diameter or other material approved by the Building Department; to learn more about what materials are approved, contact the Building Department by calling 216-635-4201.
You can construct the driveway up to but not on the property line.
No, if the rainwater can flow to the street or your property only. Rainwater shall not flow to your house, garage or to an adjoining property.
It must be tied into the storm sewer. Drains inside of a garage must be connected to the sanitary sewer.
Call 216-635-4203 for final inspection when the asphalt driveway is completed.
Yes. To obtain a copy of the application, visit the Building Department at 7619 Memphis Avenue or the Building Forms page.
Maximum fence height is 3 feet.
Total length of fence should not exceed 60% of the house foundation width.
The fence shall be no further than 8 feet from the front of the house foundation wall (excluding front stairs).
No, decorative fences of plastic, metal, or wood such as picket, slat and split rail may be built. Other types may require Board of Zoning Appeals approval.
No, the fence can be built up to but not on the property line in the rear yard.
Yes, but you will need to have:
Visit the Building Forms page to access relevant application forms.
No, the fence must stop at the front building line. For more information, view the Decorative Fence FAQs.
Every street has a predetermined building line in the front yard of which no structure can encroach without seeking a variance.
If your block has been developed with a substantially uniform home set-back from the street, the building line is the uniform front foundation line. Contact the Brooklyn Building Department at 216-635-4203 for further information.
All of the backyard can be enclosed with the exception of an 8 foot triangular area where the driveway meets the public sidewalk. The balance of the fence must be set back from the public sidewalk a minimum of 2 feet.
The maximum height for a residential fence is 6 feet.
There are no requirements, but the following is recommended:
Yes. To access the necessary applications, visit the Building Forms page.
Yes, within 6 months.
A 400 square foot garage may be built on any residential lot, no matter the lot coverage.
Your garage (and any other accessory buildings in the rear yard area) can occupy up to 20% of your rear yard area, with a maximum of a 600 square foot. If you have a large lot and desire a larger garage you will have to seek a Zoning Variance.
15 feet maximum height to the roof peak.
Yes, they can be splash blocked onto your own property or tied into the storm sewer.
That is where the downspout rainwater is directed onto your yard (or driveway) rather than being tied directly to storm sewer drain.
No, but if you want to install one it must be tied into the sanitary sewer.
That depends on what street you live on, with the minimum being three feet from the side and rear property line. Contact the Building Department for further information at 216-635-4203.
The maximum number of roofs permitted is 2. After that, a complete tear-off is required.
The minimum requirement is a 235 pound asphalt or 220 pound fiberglass shingle.
If the roof has a pitch of 3/12 or less, than a rolled type roofing is required.
Only on garages larger than 600 square feet.
Visit the Building Forms page to find copies of all necessary permit application forms.
No, if there is no electrical run to the garage.
Yes, if there is electrical run to the garage. This light must illuminate entrance doors of the garage. Visit the Building Forms page to find permit application forms.
If you are doing the work, then you may secure the permit. If a contractor is doing the work, it is recommended that the contractor secure the permit for your protection. All contractors must be registered by the City.
Permits are issued from the Building Department at Brooklyn City Hall, Monday through Friday, 8 to 11: 45 am and 1 to 4:15 pm (excluding holidays).
Visit the Building Forms page for all permit application forms, and view the Fee Schedule (PDF) to learn more about the fees entailed. For fees not listed, and all commercial and industrial work, please contact the Building Department at 216-635-4203 for information on applicable permit fees.
All permanent and seasonally erected pools need a permit from the Building Department. Obtain copies of permit applications from the Building Forms page.
Take the following to the Building Department at 7619 Memphis Avenue:
Please have your name, address and day time phone number attached to the plot plan.
A plot plan is a ’birds-eye’ view of your yard showing the following:
Please apply a minimum of 6 weeks prior to the swimming pool season. If a Zoning Variance is required it may take 2 to 6 weeks to have your request heard, depending on the timing of your application.
No, not without seeking a Zoning Variance.
The pool shall be a minimum of 10 feet from the house, rear, and side yard property lines. This requirement may be reduced if a Zoning Variance is granted. The pool should be kept as far from the garage as possible to allow for rescue, pool maintenance, and to discourage jumping or diving from the garage roof.
Yes. Obtain copies of permit applications on the Building Forms page.
Yes, if it conforms to the current National Electrical Code. A minimum of 2 receptacles are required: 1 for pool equipment, and a convenience receptacle a minimum of 10 feet from the pool. For more information, contact the Building Department by calling 216-635-4203.
Supply a plot plan showing the location of the power lines and other requirements, then contact the Building Department by calling 216-635-4201.
Exterior lights used to illuminate any pool shall be arranged and shaded as to reflect light away from adjoining premises and public streets. Such lights shall be turned off after 11 pm until morning if within 200 feet of a dwelling.
Yes, and it needs to adhere to the following:
NOPEC stands for Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council. The City of Brooklyn is a member of this conglomerate. You may reach NOPEC at 888-848-7914 and can visit the NOPEC website for more information.
No, we have a magistrate.
All our Council people are elected "at-large." You may contact any one of them with your questions and needs; to find the appropriate contact information, visit the City Council page in our directory.
The Post Office phone number is 216-398-9792.
You can reach the Brooklyn Library by calling 216-398-4600.
Yes! Please visit our Room Rentals page to learn more.
Please contact the Board of Elections at 216-443-3200.
City Hall’s typical hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm, excluding holidays.
The gazebo on the corner of Biddulph and Ridge is a public park; therefore there are no reservations. It is a first come, first served basis.
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No. The court is presided over by the Magistrate who decides the cases.
The court date is noted on the bottom right hand corner of the citation. For any other questions regarding a court date, please contact the Clerk of Courts office by calling 216-635-4255 or 216-635-4245 during the hours of 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday.
Everyone is entitled to one continuance. The fee for a continuance is $5. Deadline for continuance is Tuesday by 4 pm prior to your court date. This fee can be paid in cash only.
You must appear at the Clerk of Courts office located at 8000 Memphis Avenue and sign a form requesting a continuance. Once you receive a continuance, your court appearance is now mandatory.
Note: continuances are cash only.
You can pay your waiverable ticket up to the day before court in person at the Clerk of Courts office or mail the ticket and waiver at least 10 days prior to your court date to:7619 Memphis AvenueBrooklyn, OH 44144
Your court date is located at the bottom right of your citation.
Costs of the citations can be found on the Waiver Schedule (PDF).
The Magistrate is Vince Ruffa, and the Prosecutor is Jim McDonnell.
Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm.
On the reverse side of the citation is our address:7619 Memphis AvenueBrooklyn, OH 44144
Make it out to "City of Brooklyn".
The address and telephone number is on the citation. For reference:1910 Carnegie AvenueCleveland, OH 44115Phone: 216-443-3425
The address is located on the citation. For reference:5555 Powers BoulevardParma, OH 44129Phone: 440-887-7400
Most traffic citations are waiverable; consult the Waiver Schedule (PDF) to find out if yours is or is not.
Animal Control does not remove any deceased animals. Please contact the Brooklyn Service garage for removal at 216-635-4232. If the animal is on your property, you must bag and set it on the tree lawn for pick up. If the animal is a dog or a cat, you are encouraged to leave a description of the animal with Animal Control to document in case it is a missing pet.
If the situation needs immediate attention, such as an animal in distress, then call the Police Department’s non-emergency number at 216-749-1234. Anytime something does not seem right, it is better to be wrong then do nothing.
If you would like to place a complaint on an animal, please contact the Animal Control Officer and leave the nature of the complaint, the exact number address of where the animal lives, and your contact information.
Yes, per Ohio and City law, a county dog license must be obtained by January 31st of each year. You can get them at the County Kennel, the County Administration office or online and at Drug Mart.
Yes, per Ohio and City law, a rabies vaccine is required for all dogs and cats over the age of 3 months. The initial vaccine is good for 1 year and then every 3 years from then on.
No, cats are considered at large just like a dog would be when off of their property, unaccompanied by an owner and off-leash. The City’s Animals Running at Large Ordinance, 505.11, applies to both cats and dogs equally.
We have an ordinance prohibiting the trapping of wildlife by residents. Why is this? In compliance with the Ohio Division of Wildlife (ODNR), any trapped raccoon, skunk or opossum must either be euthanized or released on site. Those are the only two legal options for these animals; there is no relocating! Residents cannot humanely euthanize animals, and Animal Control does not offer this service.
The reason for this is euthanizing the animal will not fix the issue; unless the attractant is removed, more wildlife will come! In almost all cases, nuisance wildlife issues will solve themselves with correct guidance. Please leave Animal Control a voicemail at 216-635-4291 for more information.
If the animal is one that the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center can attempt to rehabilitate, then they are taken there. Otherwise, for others that they do not handle or are too far gone from disease or injury, the Animal Control Officer will humanely euthanize them.
If you have lost or found a pet, please contact the Animal Control Officer and leave a description of the animal, where the animal was found or missing from, and your contact information. If the animal is sick or injured, please call the Police Department’s non-emergency number at 216-749-1234.
55 years of age and older.
Free to Brooklyn residents. Non-resident membership is $12. There is a small fee for some of our classes.
Just come in.
Yes, the Senior Bus. Visit the Transportation page to learn more about hours of operation, rules, etc.
The bus takes you to:
For the most current hours and schedules for the Senior Bus, visit the Transportation page.
Yes. Please call at least 24 hours in advance.
$1 each way.
Call the Senior Center Department at 216-635-4222.
Yes, we have a Homebound Meal Program. Currently there is a waiting list. Please call the Senior Center Department at 216-635-4222 to inquire.