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Yes, dogs and cats are not permitted to run at large.
Yes, Cuyahoga County requires all dogs to be licensed. Information is available online at the Cuyahoga County Auditor’s Office or by phone at 216-443-7028.
Yes, the kennel is operated for dogs.
First, call the Police Department at 440-871-1234 and describe your pet. Your dog may be in our kennel or being held by another resident and the Police Department will be happy to facilitate your reunion. If your dog has been missing for 24 hours, the Bay Village Police Department will refer you to the County Animal Shelter as the County Dog Warden picks up strays from our kennel every day Monday through Friday as needed.
The County will kennel dogs for 72 hours (3 days) and, if not claimed, will put the animal up for adoption.
Please call the Bay Village Police Department at 440-871-1234.
We currently advise residents to call a professional critter removal company. Additional information is available from the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center.
Call the Police Department as usual at 440-871-1234 and they will respond.
Call the Bay Village Police Department as usual at 440-871-1234 and they will respond.
Call the Police Department as usual at 440-871-1234 and they will respond. The Chief of Police has ultimate authority to determine whether or not a dog should be deemed "vicious." This is based on behavior not breed.
Health care providers are required by state law to report animal bites to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. If you did not seek medical treatment, call the Cuyahoga County Board of Health at 216-201-2001, ext. 1236. The CCBoH will follow up with the victim, notify the pet owner, and monitor in-home quarantine of the offending pet.
Call the Service Department at 440-871-1221 and our staff will pick it up during regular working hours as they do now.
In most cases, the mother is around and will return if humans leave the area. If the animal is injured, please contact the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center at 440-871-2900 for guidance.
Bay Village does not have breed-specific dog legislation. Pit bulls and other dogs are not prohibited based on their breed.
The City of Bay Village does not trap or take in stray and/or feral cats, however there are several rescue groups that specialize in dealing with feral cats.
For your own protection, City Ordinance 1310 requires that all contractors and subcontractors doing work in Bay Village must be registered.
Lists of registered contractors are available online and at City Hall. If you wish to use a contractor not on our list they need to register with the Building Department prior to working in the City.
Call the Ohio Utilities Protection Service at 811 or 800-362-2764, or visit e-dig and request the location of underground facilities near your proposed digging site at least 48 hours prior to digging.
The following activities may be done between the hours of 8 am until 9 pm, daily:
Snow blowers and other snow removal equipment are specifically excluded during periods of snowfall.
The City of Bay Village does not require a point of sale inspection. Typically, a new homebuyer requests a private home inspection as part of the purchase agreement.
The City of Bay Village does not require this type of inspection for a rental property.
The owner, agent, or party in control of any vacant building shall apply for and obtain a vacant building inspection from the Building Director prior to selling, transferring, or conveying any interest in or entering into an agreement to sell, transfer or otherwise convey an interest in such property and shall provide a copy of such inspection to the prospective purchaser or title transferee prior to conveyance of the title.
All rental properties must be registered with the Building Department. There is an annual Housing License fee of $100, which is valid from April 1 through March 31st. Fees are not prorated.
Rental properties are inspected annually. The owner will be notified of any violations and shall correct the violations within a period of time as prescribed by the inspector. All violations will be re-inspected prior to issuing the Housing License.
No person shall operate, let, rent, list, advertise, or otherwise make available, any rental dwelling in the City of Bay Village for the purpose of a short-term rental. Short-term rental means the right to use, occupy or possess, or the actual use, occupancy or possession, of a rental dwelling through a rental for temporary, transient occupancy for dwelling, sleeping or lodging, for a period of time less than 29 continuous days.
If you see a placard stating "Intent to Build" posted at a property this serves as public notice that plans are on file with the Building Department for proposed construction. It could be for a/an:
The plans will be available at the Building Department for inspection. Unless a complaint in writing is filed within 10 days of the notices’ posting with the Building Director, alleging that the work proposed is so located or of such character that it will substantially injure the existing use or value of the neighboring property, a permit will be issued, provided the plans comply with zoning and building codes. Not all projects require the 10-day intent to build posting.
Permits are issued to the person, owner, or contractor who shall physically perform the work for which the permit was sought.
Contractors must have a valid and current registration or license before applying for a permit.
An individual can apply for a homeowners permit if the individual owns and resides at the house. The homeowner must physically perform the work for the project.
There is no savings for a homeowner to apply for a permit for a contractor.
A plot plan is a birds-eye view of your property. It will show you property lines, house and any other structure placement on your lot.
If you are looking for a plot plan you may have one attached to the Title Insurance you received when you purchased your house. The Building Department may have one for your address in the physical file or electronically, and the Auditors MyPlace Site will have the lot dimensions. Come into the Building Department to look at the address file or call us at 440-899-3400 and we will provide the available files.
You can dispose of unused or expired medication for free in the drug collection kiosk in the lobby if the Bay Village Police Department located at 28000 Wolf Road, Bay Village Ohio 44140. Please see the Community Policing Services & Programs page for more information on this program and what can and cannot be collected.
Residents can obtain a free bicycle license at the Bay Village Police Department. Bike registration is encouraged as it helps the police department find the owners of recovered bicycles. You can complete the online Bicycle License Application Form (PDF) and bring it to the Police Station, or complete an application form at the Police Station. You will need the following information about your bicycle: make, model, and serial number (usually stamped into the metal on the underside of the frame, between the pedals).
Flags may be dropped off at two locations in Bay Village. The first and primary location is American Legion Post #385 at 695 Cahoon Road, Westlake, just across the railroad tracks from Bay Village. There is a red, white, and blue collection box attached to the wall beside the door.
Additionally, flags can be dropped off inside the Bay Village Police Department reception area. There is a small white bin to the right of the reception window. This bin is collected by Bay Village VFW Post 9693, which meets at the Bay Village Police Department.
All flags from the two Bay Village locations (American Legion and VFW) are disposed of with proper protocol twice a year at the American Legion Post on Cahoon Road.
An additional disposal location is at American Legion Post 211 at 31973 Walker Road, Avon Lake. There is an old mail box outside marked for flag disposal. American Legion Post 211 takes care of the proper disposal for the flags collected there.
Email Gary A. Hotz
The Community Room is available for Bay Village civic groups and non-profit organizations. The meeting room can accommodate up to 50 people. Please email Kristine Jones, Secretary to the Chief of Police, or contact her by phone at 440-899-3413.
Solicitors are required to apply for permits issued through the Bay Village Police Department. Non-profit organizations are exempt. Solicitation hours are 9 am to 8 pm, or sunset, whichever is earlier, Monday through Saturday. No soliciting on Sunday or any legal state or federal holiday.
Free stickers (PDF) are available at the Police Station that you can post on your property that state: No peddlers, solicitors or canvassers allowed.
No soliciting is permitted at homes on the Do Not Knock Registry. The registry is updated every two weeks. It is the responsibility of the Solicitor/Peddler to have a current printed list with them when out soliciting.
To register for the Do Not Knock program, fill out the online form or contact the Police Department at 440-871-1234. Paper application forms are also available at City Hall, the Police Department, and Dwyer Senior Center.
Payment of parking tickets can be made by inserting payment into the violation envelope, signing the "Appearance, Plea of Guilty & Waiver" section, sealing, placing proper postage and dropping in the mail. Payment can also be made by paying in person at the Bay Village Police Department, 28000 Wolf Road. Payment may be made by cash or check.
To avoid a penalty, payment must be made within 72 hours of the offense. Below is a list outlining the fines per Ordinance 351.99.
Please contact our records clerk Chris Ross. If you would like to verify that a report is ready for release, or if you are eligible to obtain a copy, please email Chris Ross or call at 440-899-3466.
For more information on records, please visit the Police Records Division page.
The Bay Village Police Department no longer completes fingerprint cards for Bay Village residents requiring fingerprint record checks for employment, securities, adoption, etc. Several private companies in the Westshore area provide this service for a fee. You may contact the Police Department at 440-871-1234 if you are having difficulty locating a service.
All police tows are done by Patton’s Towing, which is located at:29700 Lorain RoadNorth Olmsted, OH 44070
You will need a release form from the Bay Village Police before Patton’s will let you have your vehicle.
Bay Village Ordinance 351.15 prohibits parking a motor vehicle on any street for a period of time longer than 30 minutes between the hours of 2:30 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. of any day, except persons on emergency calls. Also, no person shall park a motor vehicle on any street for a period of time longer than six hours between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 2:30 a.m.
If you need temporary overnight parking permission, call the Bay Village Police Department at 440-871-1234.
Bay Village Ordinance 509.09 prohibits excessive noise, such as dogs barking, lawn mowing, loud music, before 8 am and after 9 pm. Snow removal equipment, during snowfall, is exempt.
Under C.O. Section 531.01, the City of Bay Village prohibits children under fifteen years of age from being on city streets and sidewalks between 11:00 pm and 5:00 am. Children older than fifteen years of age but under the age of eighteen may not be on public streets and sidewalks between 1:00 am and 5:00 am.
Columbia Road Beach closes at dusk; all other parks close at 11:00 pm.
When it comes to volunteering, passion and positivity are the only requirements!
There are many volunteer opportunities at the Dwyer Center! Some examples include:
When searching for the right volunteer opportunity, you can ask yourself a few questions to help decide which ones might be best suited to you:
Volunteering provides many benefits to both mental and physical health:
Take every opportunity to ensure that you’re getting the most out of volunteering by remembering to:
Stop by or call the Dwyer Center and talk with the Community Services Assistant Director at 440-899-3442, she can give you more information about volunteer opportunities and help you determine how you would like to get involved!
If you prefer, you can complete the Volunteer Application Form online and someone from Community Services will be in touch.
A zoning overlay is an addition to the zoning code that provides an optional set of rules that can be used for property use and development. Owners would be able to choose the overlay rules or the current zoning code.
Sections 1189.03(a)(104) (PDF) and 1189.04(a) (PDF)
The overlay furthers several visions outlined in the 2016 citywide master plan, by diversifying housing options, establishing a pedestrian and bicycle-friendly community, and creating a more vibrant village center. More walkable shopping areas will tie into the new and planned connections to and within Cahoon Park, resulting in a more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly city center while maintaining Bay Village’s character.
Some Bay residents are looking for housing options with less yard upkeep and more walkability to shops and services. The overlay would allow owners to incorporate residential units above commercial spaces in areas that are currently commercial. Sections 1189.01 (PDF) and 1189.02 (PDF)
The overlay specifications are also designed to improve traffic flow and make the commercial spaces more welcoming. Section 1189.02(c) (PDF). Some commercial buildings are currently set way back from the road with parking lots between the sidewalk and the building. With the overlay, the buildings could be moved up toward the street and parking relocated to the back. Section 1189.12 (PDF).
The overlay was developed over 18 months with several public input meetings and many Bay Village Planning Commission working sessions. The Planning Commission approved the overlay and recommended it to City Council, which unanimously approved it on June 28, 2021.
The Bay Village zoning code has been largely unchanged since the 1950s. This overlay would enable owners to develop the property in ways more in keeping with modern usage.
The overlay would not apply to residential areas. It would apply to most commercial areas.
More specifically, the overlay would only apply to parcels of land that are currently zoned Commercial, Retail Business, Commercial Business, Apartment, Office, and Automobile Parking, except for the commercial area on Columbia Road at Eaton Way (Speedway, Green Island, and Marco’s). It would also not apply to lots zoned “Office & Apartment,” such as the banks on the east side of Dover Center Road. Section 1189.04(e) (PDF). Maps showing the applicable parcels (PDF) are available on the website.
The same types of businesses and uses that are currently allowed would be allowed under the zoning overlay. Section 1189.05 (PDF).
The maximum square footage for commercial or retail space would be 5,000 square feet. For comparison, at Bay Square Key Bank is about 5,000 square feet, Walgreens is about 13,000 square feet, and Arthur’s Shoe Tree is about 2,500 square feet. Section 1189.05(b) (PDF). The provision ensures that retail in Bay Village retains its locally-owned character and is inline with current retail trends to focus on smaller, more manageable spaces.
The setback, or distance between the storefront and the sidewalk, would be as little as zero feet. This make shops more easily accessible for pedestrians and creates a more attractive streetscape. The Print Shop in Bay Square and Malley’s on Dover Center Road currently have zero-foot setbacks.
Old Detroit Road (Old River Shopping Center) in Rocky River, downtown Chagrin Falls, and downtown Hudson are examples of shopping areas with small store footprints and setbacks.
In addition, the overlay would provide more housing options in alignment with the city master plan. Residences could be mixed with commercial space as a way to provide additional housing options in conjunction with other uses like offices and retail. This mix of uses creates a vibrant live-work-shop community. Section 1189.05 (PDF).
If the overlay is approved by voters, new buildings that incorporate the overlay rules would be built if and when a property owner decides to use them. Property owners will be able to choose if they want to use the previous “base” rules or the new overlay rules. Section 1189.04 (PDF). The zoning overlay doesn’t mean new buildings will be constructed, rather it provides guidelines and flexibility for future construction. Section 1189.02(a) (PDF).
Buildings in the commercial areas on Wolf Road (Bay Square and Heinen’s) and on Dover Center Road (Dover Commons area) could be up to 45 feet tall. Buildings can currently be up to 35 feet tall.
The commercial area on Clague Parkway could be up to 65 feet tall based on its unique location by the Clague Road I-90 Overpass and the railroad tracks.
The Planning Commission has the authority to establish site-specific height restrictions less than the maximum as part of the overall site plan approval to promote design compatibility with the surrounding area and to minimize negative visual impacts, particularly on adjacent or nearby residential areas.
Section 1189.09 (PDF), map of the applicable parcels (PDF).
The approval process doesn’t change under the zoning overlay. Plans are submitted to the Building Department, which refers the plans for review to the Architectural Board of Review and the Planning Commission, which makes a final decision. The approval process also includes an engineering review of the plans as required by city codes. Sections 1189.15-18 (PDF).
One benefit of the overlay is that it provides the Planning Commission with significantly more detailed guidelines and definitions that they can use when working with property owners to refine project plans. This legislation would enable the Planning Commission to make sure the plans are in keeping with Bay Village character and respectful of adjacent structures.
“Density” refers to how many housing units are in an acre. The zoning overlay would permit up to 20 units per acre for townhomes and up to 30 units per acre for apartments and condominiums. Section 1189.07(b) (PDF). Requirements for greenspace (section 1189.07(l) (PDF)) and parking (section 1189.02 (PDF)) would also influence the number of units that could be built on a parcel.
The goals of the master plan call for more housing choices and building a sense of community, which is enabled by greater density.
A setback of 20 feet and a 10-foot landscaping buffer would be required between buildings constructed with the overlay and neighboring residential areas. Section 1189.08 (PDF).
This setback is twice the current setback, which requires a 10 foot setback and 5 foot landscaping buffer.
The City Charter requires approval by the voters for changes in use in the zoning code.
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Mulch around a tree should be spread like a donut, not a volcano. Never allow mulch to touch the tree’s bark, and do not pile it higher than 3 to 4 inches. Mulch too deep decreases the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide, which can lead to fungal and bacterial diseases. Very deep mulch may also prevent rainwater from reaching the soil and tree roots. It is best to mulch with wood chips or other coarse organic material.
If your tree is on city-owned property, such as tree lawns, rights-of-way, city park grounds, contact the Service Department at 440-871-1221.
If your tree is on your private property it is important to have a Certified Arborist who is a registered contractor in Bay Village evaluate your tree.
To report a hazardous tree, contact the Service Department at 440-871-1221 during business hours, Monday through Friday 7:00 am to 3:30 pm. At all other times, call the Police Department non-emergency line at 440-871-1234.
If you have questions or concerns about a tree on adjoining private property we highly recommend having a conversation with your neighbor before taking any action. Finding a mutually beneficial outcome and engaging in civil discourse if always the best course of action. Trees provide us all immense benefits but can also be hazardous or detrimental. A friendly conversation and the advice of a Certified Arborist will be immensely helpful.
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Certified Arborists are credentialed by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). To earn an ISA Certified Arborist credential, you must be trained and knowledgeable in all aspects of arboriculture, and adhere to the ISA Code of Ethics. To be eligible for the ISA Certified Arborist exam, an arborist must have one or both of the following:
When you use a Certified Arborist, you can be assured they have the training and knowledge to effectively evaluate and care for your trees.
Find an arborist or verify an arborist’s credentials here.
It is very important to do some research to find trees that are not invasive, and ideally native to our region. There is no shortage of excellent, high-quality options at local nurseries.
A good resource for recommended tree species is The Tree Selection Guide from the Cleveland Tree Coalition.
The Lake Erie Allegheny Partnership (LEAP) for Biodiversity is also an excellent resource for native plant information.
Don’ t forget to note where above and below ground utilities exist so you can provide your tree the greatest possible space to grow. Large growing trees provide us the greatest benefits so think about the largest possible tree for your available space. Contact the Ohio Utility Protection Services to locate your underground utilities.
The Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District sells a variety of native plant seed packets, plants, and native trees including conifers and broadleaf tree species. Additional information and an order form for their annual tree sale, which takes place in February and March, can be found here.
The National Tree Benefit Calculator is a great tool to better understand the benefits trees provide.
There are many benefits to having trees and caring for their health.
The metal, numbered ID tag on a city tree is its identification number. City trees are logged in a mapping database called Arborscope so the city can track their condition and maintenance schedule.
If you need to report a problem with a city tree, it is helpful to include that ID number as well as an address or location.