The Code Enforcement division serves to protect the public safety, health and welfare through efficient, effective and courteous administration of all applicable building, housing and zoning codes and applicable laws/regulations. This is an important part of maintaining the appearance, function and property values in the City of Painesville. 
Property maintenance violations is a large part of what we do. We work with property owners to come back within compliance. Painesville City Code provides a complete list of ordinances and regulations that we follow and uphold. 
Property Maintenance
It is the responsibility of the Code Enforcement office to work in partnership with the people of Painesville to promote and maintain a safe and desirable living and working environment. We help maintain or improve the quality of our community by enforcing laws and codes targeted to solve specific problems. Listed are a few of our most common issues:
  • Grass and Weed Control: Grass and weeds cannot exceed 6" on developed and residential property or 12" on any other land. 
  • RVs, Boats, Trailers & Commercial Vehicles: Parking and storing large vehicles or equipment in residential districts is prohibited unless in a completely enclosed structure.
  • Junk Vehicles: A inoperable or excessively damaged vehicle cannot be on a property for more than 10 days.
  • Rubbish and Nuisances: No household furniture, mattresses, appliances, garbage, broken glass, etc. should be exposed to the elements or blight the neighborhood.
  • Exterior Maintenance: any unsafe or deteriorated structure including additions, chimneys, fences and porches need to be fixed or replaced. Peeling and flaking paint should be re-painted and structures should be free of any broken windows or doors. 
Violation Process

Our Code Enforcement staff helps bring code violations into compliance by addressing the issue with the property owner directly, either through face-to-face contact, phone, email or notice of a violation letter.
  1. Every notice of violation will advise the property owner of the violation, a corrective action that needs to take place and a timeline for compliance.
  2. If the property owner has not followed compliance, than a second notice of violation will be sent with a shorter timeline for completion. 
  3. Finally, if there is still no corrective measures taking place, the case is forwarded to the City's Law Director for criminal charges. It is a rare occasion for property owners not to resolve an issue in the given timeframes. We want to work with you on a solution!
Individual inspectors are available for consultation. Please feel free to contact us at 440-392-5931.