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ACH Debits
Question iconDo you offer ACH Debit payments and how can I sign up?
Answer iconUnfortunately, the Utilities Department no longer offers that service to its customers but we do recommend using our UBILL payment program on the city website. You can enroll and set up various payment options and enjoy much more flexibility and control versus the traditional ACH payment method. Only customers previously enrolled in the ACH Debit program, prior to October 2017, are still enrolled and able to utilize the ACH program but are also encouraged to enroll in the UBILL program when any banking information changes after October 2017.
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Question iconCan I stop the automated bill payment plan?

Answer iconYes, simply notify us in writing at least five business days before the due date of the bill that you wish to discontinue the ACH payment service. You can always enroll through UBILL to make future automatic payments using eCheck, Visa, Mastercard or Discover.
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Question iconIs there a charge for this service?
Answer iconNo, the City does not charge for automated payments.  However, there will be a charge for all Returned (Unpaid) ACH and UBILL transactions.

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Question iconWill I need to notify the utilities department if my banking information changes?
Answer iconYes, it is very important to notify us in advance of any changes to your bank account information that we have on file for your ACH automatic payments.  Since you'll no longer be able to re-enroll in the ACH program, your only option to keep submitting automatic payments to the city will be through the UBILL program, on the city's website.
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Administrative
Question iconHow can I get a garage sale permit?
Answer iconThis permit is available at the Mayor's Office, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Two permits per year, per address are allowed and can be up to four consecutive days (Sundays permissible) at a cost of $2.00 per permit.
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Question iconHow can I get a vehicle sale permit?
Answer iconIf you are wishing to sell a vehicle, you must obtain a permit. These can be obtained in the Mayor's Office, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. The permit is good for 30 days. Two permits per year per address are allowed at the cost of $2.00.
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Question iconHow do I get a solicitors permit?
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Permit applications are available through the Administrative office and also online. These can be obtained Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Solicitors obtain an application, fill in the appropriate information and submit it to the Safety Service Director's office for approval. There is a $50 fee for this permit payable by cash or money order only.

  • Please bring a copy of the employer/organization's credentials showing the exact relationship and authority of the registrant to the business represented. A letter signed by a person of authority to so authorize from the business will suffice.
  • A copy of Drivers License/Photo I.D. is required for each person soliciting as well as their contact phone number.

All door-to-door activity of any nature shall be restricted to the hours of 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.

A violation by the Registrant or any agent thereof any requirement of Ordinance No. 5138-2014 is punishable by a fine up to $250.00 per violation.

A copy of this permit shall be carried by each employee who goes upon the property of citizens in the City of North Ridgeville.

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Question iconHow do I get a dog license?
Answer iconDog licenses can be purchased at Animal Clinic Northview, 36400 Center Ridge Road, (440) 327-8282 or at the Lorain County Administration Building, Lorain County Auditor's Office, in Elyria, 226 Middle Avenue or call (440) 329-5000.
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Question iconHow do I get a mobile frozen dessert permit?
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The mobile frozen dessert permit (ice-cream truck vendors) applications are available in the Administrative office Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. There is a $25.00 fee. Applications must be filled out and all criteria met before permit is approved by the Safety Service Director.  You can also access the permit application online by visiting the Permits, Licensing and Additional Services link on our website.                 

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Question iconHow do I get married by the Mayor?
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  • Make appointment at mutually agreeable time by calling the Mayor's Office at (440) 353-0811. The Mayor performs weddings 9 AM to 4 PM, Mon. through Friday.  If the Mayor is not available, weddings may be performed by the Safety Service Director.
  • Take Mayor's name and date of wedding to the Probate Court at the Justice Center, 225 Court Street, 6th Floor, Elyria.  For further information regarding their requirements, costs, etc., visit their link at http://www.loraincounty.com/probate/ or call 329-5295 or 329-5176. 
  • The Probate Court will give you a packet which you bring to the Mayor's Office anytime during regular business hours, BUT NO LATER THAN 2 DAYS BEFORE THE DATE OF THE WEDDING, so that forms may be filled out and the ceremony prepared. 
  • Mayor asks that you make a $150 donation when bringing in your license which he gives to the North Ridgeville Senior Center.  (Cash, checks or money orders only. Make checks payable to Seniors, Inc.)    
  • Return on the chosen date and come to the Mayor's Office to gather.  You are allowed to have guests, but witnesses are not required.  The ceremony will take place in our Council Chambers.  Cameras, music, flowers, etc., are acceptable.  The ceremony will take approximately 10 minutes.

Please feel free to call 353-0811 or 353-0819 if you have any further questions.  

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Building Department
Question iconWhat is a building permit and when do I need one?
Answer iconA building permit is your formal permission to begin construction, demolition, addition or renovation on your property.            

The Building Department's certified plans examiners must review your plans to ensure that they comply with the Residential Code of Ohio, local Zoning Ordinances, and other applicable regulations. Building permits regulate types of construction allowed and ensure that building standards are met. The building permit process protects the owner's interests and those of the community at large, and helps to ensure that structural changes are safe.  

By obtaining a permit, you can also take advantage of the professional expertise of the Building Department's State of Ohio Certified Inspectors. Our staff, Plan Examiners and Inspectors can offer suggestions to help you solve or avoid construction problems. It is to your advantage to ensure that you or your contractor obtain the necessary permits and schedule the required inspections.

You will need a building permit if you plan to:

  • Construct a new house
  • Renovate, repair or add to a house
  • Demolish or remove all or a portion of a building 
  • Install, change, or remove partitions and load bearing walls
  • Make new openings for, or change the size of, doors and windows
  • Build a detached garage, outbuilding or storage shed
  • Build a balcony or deck
  • Finish a basement
  • Install or modify heating, plumbing or air-conditioning systems
  • Install or reconstruct chimneys or fireplaces
  • Install or add to a driveway
  • Build a fence
  • Install a lawn sprinkler system
  • Put in an in-ground or above ground pool
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Question iconWhen are inspections required?
Answer iconIt is the responsibility of the permit holder to call for all required inspections. Review the inspection steps with the Building Department person assigning the permit. Whenever an inspection has been requested and work is found to be incomplete or in need of correction(s), there may be a re-inspection fee imposed.
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Question iconI want to build a new detached garage or storage shed on my property. What do I need to do.
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You must obtain a permit to build detached garages or outbuilding. Visit the Building Department's webpage for the application for the permit.

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Question iconI need to put a new roof on my house, how do I go about obtaining a permit and what do I need to know?
Answer iconVisit the Building Department's webpage for information on re-roof projects and the application for the permit.
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Question iconI want to build a deck, what do I need to know and do?
Answer iconYou will need a permit and construction drawings if the deck exceeds 200 square feet, is attached to the house, is more than 30" above the ground, or serves the exit door. Visit the Building Department's webpage for more information.
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Question iconI want to build a fence, what do I need to know and do?
Answer iconA fence requires a permit for construction. Visit the Building Department's webpage for the permit application.
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Question iconCan I run my downspouts into the storm sewer?
Answer iconNo, all downspouts (for new construction) must be run to grade on splash blocks. On an existing building it is recommended that they be run to splash blocks.
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Question iconDo I need to be registered (as a contractor) to do construction work in North Ridgeville?
Answer iconYes, all contractors and subcontractors must be registered. For more information and the application, visit the Building Department's webpage.
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Question iconCan I put my company sign in the yard of a dwelling I am doing work on?
Answer iconTemporary signage is permitted, 600 square inches maximum.
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Question iconI want to install a pool. What do I need to do?
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Pools require a permit to install. Visit the Building Department's webpage for the permit application.

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Question iconDo I need a permit to construct a concrete or asphalt driveway, widen and existing driveway, or replace an old driveway?
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Driveway work requires a permit and inspections. Visit the Building Department's webpage for more information and permit application.

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Question iconDo I need a permit to construct a service or postal walk?
Answer iconNo
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Question iconDo I need a permit to construct a concrete patio ?
Answer iconNo, as long as it is not used for vehicular traffic/parking. Do not direct storm run off onto adjacent property.
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Question iconAre permits required for public sidewalks and street aprons?
Answer iconYes, permits are required for both.
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Question iconWhat type of tree can I plant in my tree lawn?
Answer iconThe following list of trees shall be permitted in tree lawns (Right-of-Way). Any other species of tree(s) not on the following list shall require the approval of the City of North Ridgeville.
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Question iconWe are interested in putting in a rain barrel to capture some of the run-off from the roof downspout at our residence. This captured water would then be used to water flowers and gardens. What requirements are in place for a rain barrel system?
Answer iconThere are currently no requirements or restrictions for rain barrels in the City of North Ridgeville.
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Question iconCan I get a copy of my floor plans from the city? If so, how do I go about obtaining a copy?
Answer iconYou may make a records request at the building department, it may take a few days to search our off site storage facility. What we have depends on the age of your house and what may have been submitted at the time. If we have your floor plans (or the "model" set from that builder) we can make a copy for a minimal charge.
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Council, Boards & Commission
Question iconWhat ward do I live in?
Answer iconIf you need to find the ward you live in, refer to the ward map found on the City Council's webpage to find your location.
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Question iconWho is the representative for my ward?
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Ward 1Holly A. Swenk
Ward 2Dennis Boose
Ward 3Bruce F. Abens
Ward 4Clifford Winkel 
            
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Question iconHow do I contact a council official?
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If you need to contact a council official, you can email them, or you can call the office of the Clerk of Council and leave a message at (440) 353-0513 or (440) 353-1508.

Martin E. DeVriesPresident/Member at Large
James R. Maleski Member at Large
Michelle HungMember at Large 
Holly A. SwenkWard 1 
Dennis Boose Ward 2 
Bruce F. AbensWard 3 
Clifford Winkel Ward 4 
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