We strongly recommend that you do not cover over doors and windows with siding. However, if you choose to pursue this option, you must obtain the approval of the Architectural Board of Review, view the Architectural Board of Review Rules of Policy and Procedures (PDF). For more information, call the Division of Building at 216-291-4900.
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Permit Hours and Times to Call for Inspections:
Monday - Friday8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
While vinyl/synthetic siding is an alternative to painting your home, you should know that damaged wood siding and its underlying structure, while hidden, could continue to rot from hidden moisture. Also, you may want to be aware that the historic character and significance of your home could be reduced with synthetic siding.
Each home contributes to the overall charm and historic character of our City's neighborhoods. The original wood siding and carpentry details of your home are authentic and unique. Vinyl should be thoughtfully and carefully applied to protect as many of the details that contribute to the historic character of a home as possible.
Only a Building Permit is required as long as your home has clapboard siding and no windows or doors are to be removed or added; otherwise, an appearance before the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) would be required. For details view the Architectural Board of Review Rules of Policy and Procedures (PDF).
The following must be submitted:
Please note, all contractors must be registered with the Building Department.
Yes, you should be aware of the following:
Contact the Building Department at 216-291-4900 for more information.
Building permits are required for the following:
A Stop-Work Order or Violation Notice will be issued, fees will double and a court summons may be issued for non-compliance or repeat offenders.
Whoever does the work obtains the permit. If a contractor is being hired, they need to be registered.
Yes! Permit(s) must be posted during the period of construction.
Yes. Either you or your contractor should call 216-291-4900, Option 1 to arrange for rough-in and final inspections.