Division of Environment
The City of Cleveland’s Division of Environment performs all of its investigations with the authority of Cleveland's Codified Ordinance, the State of Ohio Department of Agriculture, the State of Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio EPA. Our Division strives to evoke confidence as we promote health and quality of life. Our daily objective is preventing or controlling those diseases or deaths that result from interactions between people and their environment. Our environmental health programs seek to minimize or eliminate risk factors in the human environment that threaten life and health. The span of investigations this Division performs is diverse and culturally sensitive.

Environmental Health Programs:


The Division of Environment Food Safety Program objective is ensuring that all food sold in the city of Cleveland is safe and wholesome for human consumption. This is achieved by inspecting Food Service Operations (restaurants, vending machines, food trucks, Farmers Markets) and Retail Food Establishments (grocery stores and corner stores). All inspections are governed by the rules and regulations of the Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code Chapter 3717-1 of the Ohio Administrative Code, Chapter 3717 of the Ohio Revised Code related to food service operations and Chapter 3701-21 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

In addition to inspecting Food Service Operations and Retail Food Establishments, the Division of Environment provide trainings to the general public such as Person-in-Charge and ServSafe courses designed to educate operators and food staff on food safety to reduce the spread of foodborne illnesses.
  • Food Licensing /Farmer Market Questions
  •   (216) 664- 4925
  • Food Complaints
  •   (216) 664-2300
  • New Restaurant Questions
  •   (216) 664-4769
  • ServSafe Trainings
  •   (216) 664-4925
  • Person-in-Charge Trainings
  •   (216) 664-4925
  • Vending Machine Inspection Request
  •   (216) 664-4879
  • How to Open a Restaurant in Cleveland?
  •   (216) 664- 4769
  • How to get a Temporary Food Service License?
  •   (216) 664- 4599
  • FoodChat (email your questions)


The Division of Environment Lead Safe Living-Healthy Homes Program objective is to reduce the incidence of lead poisoning in children and to reduce the blood lead levels in children diagnosed with lead poisoning. In addition, the Lead Safe Living-Healthy Homes Program provides public and professional education, public health lead investigations and case management to parents and guardians of children who test positive for lead.

The program addresses the needs of lead-poisoned children from birth through 72 months of age. The Lead Safe Living-Healthy Homes Program also assists family members, medical care providers and other community members to reduce and prevent childhood lead poisoning.
  • Lead Hotline:
  •   (216) 263-LEAD (5323)
  • Childhood Lead Poisoning Questions
  •   (216) 664-2175
  • Childhood Lead Poisoning Complaints
  •   (216) 664-2672
  • LeadChat (email your questions)
  • If you received a Lead Inspection Report
  •   (216) 664-2672


The Division of Environment Solid, Infectious and Hazardous Waste objectives are to conduct solid and infectious waste inspections according to the Ohio EPA regulations. The Division of Environment Solid, Infectious and Hazardous Waste include the licensing and inspection of facilities that handle solid and infectious wastes such as Sanitary Landfill, Industrial Landfill, Solid Waste Transfer Facilities, Composting Facilities, Construction and Demolition Debris Sites, Methane Gas Monitoring and all Solid Waste Facilities undergoing closure.

The Program also inspects Infectious Waste Treatment Facilities and Generators of Infectious Waste Facilities. These facilities are sub-divided into two groups - Large Generators (those generating more than 50 pounds in a month); and Small Generators (those generating less than 50 pounds in a month). Such facilities include hospitals, doctor and dentist offices, tattoo and body piercing establishments, or other places that generate infectious waste as defined in the Ohio EPA regulations.
  • Solid & Infectious Waste Questions
  •   (216) 664-4292
  • Solid & Infectious Waste Complaints
  •   (216) 664-2300
  • Hazardous Waste Complaints
  •   (216) 664-4280
  • Tattoo/Licensing Questions
  •   (216) 664-4292
  • Illegal Dumping Complaints
  •   (216) 623-5661
  • SolidWasteChat (email your questions)


The Division of Environment Farm Animal Program is designed to allow the citizens of Cleveland to have farm animals based on the square footage of the parcel. The objective of this program is to permit the keeping of farm animals and bees in a manner that prevents nuisances to occupants of nearby properties and monitor the condition of the animals and property through routine inspections.

In Residential Districts, the following regulations shall apply: No more than one (1) such animal shall be kept on a parcel of land for each eight hundred (800) square feet of parcel or lot area. For a standard residential lot of four thousand eight hundred (4,800) square feet, this regulation would permit no more than a total of six (6) such animals. No roosters, geese or turkeys may be kept in a Residential District except on a parcel that is at least one (1) acre in area and only if the coop or cage housing the bird(s) is at least one hundred (100) feet from all property lines. For more information please see the Cleveland Codified Ordinance 205.04 & 347.02.
  • Farm Animal & Bees/License Questions
  •   (216) 664-7404
  • Farm Animal & Bees Complaints
  •   (216) 664-2300
  • SolidWasteChat (email your questions)


The Division of Environment Environmental Health Services Program objective is to ensure that citizens who live in the city of Cleveland are free of environmental hazards that impact their quality of life. The Division of Environment routinely respond to environmental complaints when property owners fail to abate the nuisance of grass is 8 inches or higher in height, fail to abate the nuisance of noxious weeds, fail to abate the nuisance of refuse and/or junk, garbage, tires and other wastes, fail to abate the nuisance of stagnant water, and fail to eradicate an infestation of insects or rodents. In addition to these exterior hazards, public health sanitarians also inspect for mold and other indoor environmental hazards.
  Received a Ticket or Summons   (216) 664- 7404

Ticket Information

If you would like to know if a ticket was issued to a property or would like to know what happened in court Click Here!

If you know the address of the property, Go to Company Name and type address:

Example: 879 E 146

If you would like to submit a complaint Click Here!


The Division of Environment Public Swimming Pools and Spray Ground Program objective is to ensure that all swimming pools, spas and spray grounds in the city of Cleveland are chemically safe and free of recreational water illnesses. Recreational water illnesses are caused by germs you can get by swallowing, breathing in mist from, or having contact with contaminated water. Public Health Sanitarians in this program inspect and provide technical assistance and training on the operation, maintenance, troubleshooting and evaluation of public swimming pools, serve as a resource for the general public relative to aquatic recreation issues, protection from disease transmission, personal safety, and complaint investigations.
  • Swimming Pools Questions
  •   (216) 664-4908
  • Swimming Pools License/Complaints
  •   (216) 664-4292
  • SwimmingPoolChat(email your question)
  • Installing a New Pool
  •   (614) 644-7527 (design questions)
  • Construction Inspection Request:
  •   (614) 644-7468
  • Edgewater Beach Monitoring Reports
  •   Click Here!


The Division of Environment School Environmental Health and Safety Program objective is to improve the environmental health of Cleveland’s schools through non-regulatory means. A growing body of research strongly supports the importance of school environmental health to both the educational success and overall health and well-being of school children and staff. "Poor environmental conditions can thwart academic progress by making it harder for students to concentrate, causing or exacerbating illness in students and staff, increasing absences and lost work days, and diverting school funds to pay for costly repair and remediation projects. Public Health Sanitarians in this program inspect all schools in the city of Cleveland utilizing the Ohio Department of Health School Environmental Health Inspection Guidance Document.
  • School Environmental Questions/Complaints
  •   (216) 664- 2300
  • School Environmental Inspection Request
  •   (216) 664- 7404
  • SchoolChat (email your question)


This program consists of performing annual inspections at barbershops; public laundries; and hotel/motels in the City of Cleveland. Under the authority of the Codified Ordinances of Cleveland Chapter 225, the division shall inspect and license barber shops and barber schools in the city. The division is responsible for enforcing all City ordinances and State Laws applicable to the operation and maintenance of barber shops and barber schools. The division has the authority under the Codified Ordinances Chapter 223 to inspect and license public laundries in the City of Cleveland. The Division of Environment is responsible for enforcing the general cleanliness, ventilation and adequate plumbing in the facility. Chapter 215 of the Codified Ordinance, give the Division of Environment the authority to license and inspect all transient residential buildings (hotels/motels).
  • Barbershop, Hotel/Motel Questions
  •   (216) 664-4897
  • Barbershop, Hotel/Motel Complaints
  •   (216) 664- 2300
  • Public Laundries Questions/Complaints
  •   (216) 664- 4897
  • BarbershopChat (email your question)