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Stair requirements are width not less than 36 inches.
Maximum riser height 8 1/4 inches, maximum tread depth 9 inches.
Headroom height for doors is 6 feet 8 inches.
Handrail heights are minimum 34 inches and maximum 38 inches.
If located more than 30 inches above grade porches, balconies, or raised floor surfaces a 36 inch guardrail is required with spindles space not more than 4 inches apart.
In accordance with 2013 Residential Code of Ohio and 2017 Ohio Building Code
Yes. Vacant property registration forms are found in the Department of Building, Housing, & Planning. The cost is $125.00 and are valid for 1 year. The registration must be renewed every year.
A $10,000 bond must be filed on any vacant property that has an active foreclosure case filed.
The President of Lorain City Council and the eleven council members have two year terms.
Lorain City Council Regular Meetings are held on the first and third Mondays of every month (excepting the month of August).
We are open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday excluding the following Holidays.
New Years Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Day After Thanksgiving
If any Holidays fall on a Saturday the Court will be closed on the previous Friday. If any of the Holidays fall on a Sunday the Court will be closed on the following Monday. For example in 2017 Veteran's day is on Saturday November 11th therefore the Court is closed on Saturday, November 10th.
Yes, you will be searched to ensure the safety of all people in attendance at Court and at City Hall.
Smoke detectors are required in all bedrooms, hallway outside of bedroom, one on each floor.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors are required in bedroom hallways.
A ground rod wire never has to be larger than a Number 4 copper. It cannot be smaller than Number 4 if it is subject to physical damage.
The size is Number 4 copper or Number 2 aluminum.
The size is Number 2-O copper or Number 4-O aluminum.
The GFCI outlet must be at least 5 feet from the inside wall.
Street lights are not our jurisdiction, call Ohio Edison at 800-633-4766. We only maintain Traffic signals.
PVC conduit must be 18 inches deep.
Yes, but they must be type S so a larger fuse cannot be installed.
They are required in all:
It means arc fault circuit interrupter.
It trips on inline arcs such as broken ripcords, loose connections, etc.
The water ground connection has to be within 5 feet of the water service entering the house.
Visit our City Council Page to view a listing of all council members and their contact information.
Yes, you can pay your utility bill online through WebUtility.
Submit our online form to report an anonymous tip to the Lorain Police Department.
Lorain bulk waste pick up weeks will be on your normal collection day during the second full week of each month. View our schedule on the Garbage and Waste page.
At the bottom of the login page, click on the reset password link. You will be prompted for a user name - enter your user name. The City will need to have your email address, if we do not have that address, contact the Payroll Department and have them enter your email address. Payroll department can be reached at (440)204.2095. The system will send you an email with a link to reset your password.
The City's regular hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 8:30 Am to 4:30 PM.
There will allways be one staff member "On-Call" 24 hours a day 7 days a week, 365 days per year.
Per Codified Ordinance 557.01 “Weeds, no more than 6 inches."
First, the identity of the property owner is determined. Next, the property address is given to an inspector to verify the violation. The inspector’s report is returned within 2 to 5 days. Next, A certified letter is mailed to the property owner. Depending on the violations, property owners may be given from 2 weeks to 1 month to abate the violations. Next, the inspector is sent out to check if violations have been corrected. If violations haven’t been corrected, a final notice is mailed and the property owner is given 7 to 10 days to abate. Again, the inspector will check the results. If not abated, a Court Notice letter will be sent. Finally, if there is still failure to abate, this property will be filed in court.
The homeowner must file the complaint in writing; provide a copy of their contract with the contractor, and a copy of their cancelled check front and back. The inspector will inspect for any code violations. The inspector sends the contractor a letter listing the code violations that must be corrected.
The proclamation request form can be found at under the Forms section of the Mayor's Office webpage.
Yes, the Mayor performs weddings once a month on a Thursday depending upon his availability. Please call 440.204.2002 to schedule a wedding ceremony.
Although City Ordinance No. 5 to 01 Section 1511.08 states that only licensed plumbers are able to be issued permits, if a homeowner occupying that particular residence can show they are competent to install plumbing through questioning or diagramming the system we will issue them a permit.
To become registered as a Plumbing Contractor with the City of Lorain, you must possess a license from the State of Ohio Division of Industrial Compliance. You must then fill out the application packet (PDF), available at the Building Department. Include copy of State license.
Yes, there is a permit required to install hot water tanks. The building permit fee is based on the valuation of the work.
We do plow all streets in the City; however, we only salt primary and secondary streets.
Contact Republic Services at 440-458-5191 or http://www.republicservices.com/
Sidewalks and driveways are the responsibility of the homeowner.
Contact Ohio Edison at 1-888-544-4877 or http://firstenergycorp.com/ohio_edison.html
Contact the Street Department at 440-244-4294
Trees located on the tree lawn are the responsibility of the home owner. If trees are touching power lines, contact Ohio Edison at 1-888-544-4877 or http://firstenergycorp.com/ohio_edison.html
Taxable income includes salaries, wages, commissions and other compensation including but not limited: to bonuses, incentive payments, fees, property in lieu of cash, tips, severance pay, supplemental unemployment benefits (sub pay), sick pay, excess insurance premiums, vacation pay, salary / wage continuation plans, state lottery proceeds (all gambling winnings), profits from businesses, professions and partnerships, rents and all deferrals. For more information, contact us at 440-204-1002.
Anyone who lives in the City or has taxable income inside the City. For more information, contact us at 440-204-1002.
A tax return should be used by individuals, partnerships, corporations and any other entity having income taxable to this City. Residents must file on all taxable income, wherever earned. Part-year residents must file on all taxable income earned during the period of their Lorain residency. Part-year residents should not, however, pro-rate any income, expense and credit that is earned or that relates to Lorain. Nonresidents must file on all taxable Lorain income, unless wages earned in Lorain is the only taxable income and the tax was properly withheld. For more information, contact us at 440-204-1002.
For all calendar years filers, returns are due April 15th (we will honor the due date to the Emancipation Day Holiday celebrated in Washington D.C.). If the return is made for a fiscal year or any period of less than a year, the return shall be filed within three and one half (3 1/2) months from the end of each fiscal year or other period. For more information, contact us at 440-204-1002.
Form 2106 allows you to itemize deductions for non-reimbursed work-related expenses such as travel, meals, entertainment or transportation. We apply essentially the same guidelines to 2106 expenses as does the federal government. Expenses must be carried forward to Schedule A. We allow the deduction of Employee Business Expenses as reportable on the taxpayer's form 2106, subject to audit and approval by the Income Tax Division. For verification it is necessary that a copy of the Schedule A, and a detail statement of any Line 4 deduction, "Business Expenses not included on lines 1 through 3," also must be submitted. For more information, contact us at 440-204-1002.
"Early retirement incentive programs" and separation payouts (termination pay, golden parachutes, etc.) are taxable if the recipient was employed within the city of Lorain at time of retirement, regardless of the employees residency status. Resident taxpayers' separation payments are considered taxable, regardless of employment location; however, credit is given for taxes lawfully imposed and paid to the city of employment, up to 2.5%. For more information, contact us at 440-204-1002.
Lump sum distributions made from qualified pension and profit-sharing trusts, and not made pursuant to an employee's retirement, are taxable. For more information, contact us at 440-204-1002.
When claiming Schedule Income on your City of Lorain tax return, be aware that a copy of the Federal Schedule is required at time of filing. On Schedule E the addresses of the rental properties is necessary information. This schedule needs to accompany the City of Lorain tax return even if a loss is shown. For more information, contact us at 440-204-1002.
Tax liability is due at time of filing, failure to do so may result in penalty and interest to be charged. For more information, contact us at 440-204-1002.
The City of Lorain will honor all Federal Extensions, please provide it to us by the tax deadline. Filing an extension does not relieve the responsibility for making full payment of the anticipated tax due by the original due date. For more information, contact us at 440-204-1002.
Yes. All individuals under eighteen years of age are exempt from City of Lorain Income Tax and are eligible for a refund of municipal tax withheld. For more information, contact us at 440-204-1002.
No. You are not required to file an income tax return with Lorain, nor are you taxed by Lorain on these types of income. For more information, contact us at 440-204-1002.
You can pay your water bill at the Utilities Administrative offices at 1106 1st Street. Drugmart will also accept blue bill payments for their customers but please advised that they mail in their payments to the Utilities office. Payments may be made online or by phone at 440-204-2500 option 2. For more information, contact us at 440-204-2501.
Customers who purchase property in Lorain or Amherst township need to come into the billing office located at 1106 First Street, Lorain. A photo identification, proof of purchase (settlement statement, purchase agreement, etc), and a point of inspection from the Building Department is needed when signing up. For more information, contact us at 440-204-2501.
Most high water bills are caused by service line leaks, faucet or toilet leaks, or outside use greater than previous years due to hotter or dryer weather. There is a leak indicator on the head of the meter. Also, taking meter readings over a time period when no water should be used, can indicate a water leak. The meter readings can only move when water has passed through the meter. For more information, contact us at 440-204-2501.
Contact 440-204-2285 to report a water main break.
The water service is the pipe which begins with the connection to the water main in the city right-of-way and comes into your property. This service line has two valves on it to allow your water to be turned on or off. The first valve, called a curb stop, is generally located near the property line and is normally housed by a cylinder with a cap on it called a curb box or stop box. The other valve is located in your home next to the water meter. Other valves may be near plumbing fixtures in your home such as sinks and toilets.
Repairs to anything on the service other than the meter, is the responsibility of the property owner. Keeping the valve at the meter in good working condition will assure that you will be able to turn your water off in an emergency, such as a water pipe break. If this valve at the meter does not work in an emergency, call 440-204-2500 so that Utilities Department can shut your water off at the stop box, which requires a stop box key. Only the City of Lorain Utilities Department may turn off the shut off valve.
Due to the development of increasingly more sensitive scientific instruments, it is possible to measure water characteristics in precise and minute quantities that previously went undetected. The Water Quality Report shows measurements in parts per million, which is equivalent to milligrams per liter, and parts per billion, which is the same as micrograms per liter. To put these measurements into perspective, consider that one part per million, in time, would be one second out of 11 1/2 days. One part per billion translates into just one second in nearly 33 years. For more information, contact us at 440-204-2501.
The Water Department's Water Quality Laboratory uses the latest technology to ensure the highest test accuracy at the lowest possible cost. Our testing can determine minuscule quantities of contaminates in water and we are constantly studying ways to improve our testing capabilities. For more information, contact us at 440-204-2501.