Division of Engineering & Construction

Permits & Sidewalks


The Bureau of Sidewalks and Permits assures proper maintenance of the City’s public sidewalks; issues citations, violation notifications, and permits; and administers two sidewalk repair programs.

Property owners with damaged sidewalks may be issued notifications from this Bureau for repairs which are needed to eliminate safety hazards.

Sidewalk Permits

Weekdays 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
601 Lakeside Ave, Room 518

The Bureau of Sidewalks and Permits issues sidewalk permits which property owners are required to purchase prior to beginning a sidewalk project. These $25 permits can be obtained weekdays between 7:30 am and 4 pm in City Hall’s room 518. Cash, checks or money orders made payable to The City of Cleveland are accepted. Permits are not issued from November 15 to February 1 unless approved by the Director of Public Service.

50/50 Sidewalk Residential Replacement Program

Weekdays 7:30 am to 4:30 pm 
601 Lakeside Ave, Room 518

The 50/50 sidewalk repair program was designed to encourage the repair of unsafe sidewalks. The City of Cleveland partners with residents and each pay 50% of the total cost to have the sidewalks repaired. The program opens every spring, however the city’s matching funds are limited and the program closes when all City funds allocated have been exhausted.

Sidewalk Assessment Program

Weekdays 7:30am to 4:30 pm
601 Lakeside Ave, Room 518

This program is designed to replace all the sidewalks on an entire street at one time. The City pays for half of the expense of the new sidewalks, and the street’s property owners pay the other half. Prior to beginning the work, 75% of the street’s residents must agree to participate in the program. Homeowners can make ten equal payments over five years.