Planning and Development Department


The Department of Planning and Development is charged with the preservation and improvement of the city’s residential neighborhoods, commercial districts and public areas. The staff is focused on providing information, assistance and advice to the Mayor, City Council, citizens and business persons in all areas related to architectural and urban design, planning and zoning, economic and community development and historic preservation.

Cleveland Heights Zoning Code - Adopted January 16, 2024 (PDF)

Cleveland Heights Zoning Code Map 

Project Proposal Form (PPF)

Do you have an idea about a project or proposal? In order to help the Department of Planning & Development assist you with your proposal or project and the approval process, we have created a Project Proposal Form (PPF).

Landmark Commission Code Update

The City was designated a Certified Local Government (“CLG”) by the State in 2019 and is committed to supporting historic preservation in balance with other economic development and environmental activities. This designation as a CLG is indicative of the interest and involvement in historic preservation and is evidenced by a robust design review process with the Landmark Commission. In 2020, the City was able to secure an Ohio History Connection grant to produce Historic Preservation Design Guidelines (PDF). The Guidelines were completed in 2021 and have been a great resource, not only to landmark properties, but to utilize as general best practices for design throughout the City. The Guidelines were recently awarded the Catalyst for Community Preservation Award by the Cleveland Restoration Society and the Cleveland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects at their 2023 Celebration of Preservation awards. The next step in the process is to update the City’s Landmark Commission Ordinance to best align with not only the CLG status, but the Guidelines.

For more information please visit the Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission Code Update page.

New Standards for Enclosed Private Parking Spaces (“garages”)

On November 1, 2021, City Council adopted Ordinance No. 70-2021, Zoning Text Amendments to Part Eleven – Zoning Code of the Codified Ordinances of Cleveland Heights Regarding Private Parking Garages and Other Ancillary Changes.

2023 Adopted Building and Zoning Code Text Amendments

  • Ordinance 25-2023 - An Ordinance introducing amendments to various Sections of Part Eleven, Zoning Code, of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Cleveland Heights to update the City’s regulations regarding private parking garages, driveway widths, fences, window transparency, rain barrels and gardens, non-conformities, public notice requirements, fees, and general changes to ensure consistency.
  • Ordinance 26-2023 - An Ordinance amending Part Thirteen, Building Code, of the Codified Ordinances of Cleveland Heights to update the City’s regulations regarding rain barrels and gardens, and general changes to ensure consistency. 

Taylor-Tudor/Cain Park Village Redevelopment Project

For more information about the Taylor-Tudor/Cain Park Village Redevelopment Project, please visit the Taylor-Tudor/Cain Park Village project page.

Cedar-Lee-Meadowbrook Redevelopment Project

For more information about the Cedar-Lee-Meadowbrook Redevelopment Project, including upcoming meetings and reviews, please visit the Cedar-Lee-Meadowbrook project page.