Department of Public
- Department Location
- Parma City Hall
6611 Ridge Road
- Hours of Operation
- 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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The Safety Department is comprised of the Police Department,
Fire Department, Communication Center and Building Department.
In addition to the responsibility for the aforementioned departments,
the Safety Department is responsible for traffic signal management and Animal Control.
As the Appointing Authority for the departments under his
jurisdiction, the Safety Director is involved in the employment
of personnel and works in conjunction with the Civil Service
Commission and Human Resources Department to staff same.
Residents who have non-emergency complaints regarding unkempt property,
possible parking violations, motorists disregarding stop signs
and exceeding speed limits on residential streets, missing
no parking or stop signs, malfunctioning traffic signals and
pedestrian signals can call the Council Complaint Department
at 440-885-8083 to file a complaint regarding their concerns.
These complaints are given to Safety, which then assigns them
to the appropriate department for handling.
In certain circumstances, special permission can be given
to residents by contacting the Safety Department for an exemption for short term on-street parking. Also, permission can be given to leave trash
on the tree lawn previous to the regular rubbish collection
day, i.e., refrigerators (doors must be removed), stoves,
The Safety Department administers hardship exceptions to the winter parking ban.
Neighborhoods organizing block parties in the warm weather
months need permission to close off the street during the
hours of the block party. A letter must be submitted to the
Safety Department outlining the date and time of the block
party, the name of the street and area of the street that
will be blocked off, and the name of a contact person. In
addition to the letter, a petition to close off the street
on the date of the block party and signed by the majority
of the residents affected must be submitted.
School Zone Photo Enforcement Program
Click here to review the policies and procedures for the photo enforcement program. Information includes a detailed description of a person's options after receiving a ticket.
The following permits may be obtained through the Safety
Garage Sale Permits
Residents are entitled to three permits a year for a period
of three consecutive days (Sundays prohibited) on each permit.
Individuals who want to solicit business in a residential
area or at business establishments for products that are not
integral to the business must obtain a solicitor's permit.
Hack (Taxi Driver) License
Individuals who want to operate a taxi cab within the Parma
city limits must obtain a Hack License.
Organizations that are sponsoring a dance at one of the halls
located within the Parma city limits must obtain a permit.
Organizations that are sponsoring a picnic at one of the halls
or picnic groves within the Parma city limits must obtain
Any organization sponsoring a parade on the city streets must
obtain a parade permit.
Charitable Games/Scheme of Chance Permit
A non-profit/charitable organization holding a “Las
Vegas” night or “Night at the Races” type
of event must obtain a permit. The organization can hold up
to two events per year, and the location it is being held
at can hold up to four events of this type per year.
Individuals who want to set up a stand outside of a building
on commercial property to sell products must
obtain a permit before doing so.
Winter Overnight Parking Permits
Overnight parking is prohibited on all city streets from November
1 through April 15 during the hours of 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.
Permits to park on the street can be issued if there is insufficient
room in the driveway to park the vehicles or there is a doctor
documented medical hardship. In order to obtain a permit,
the following information must be provided: A request must
be made in writing addressed to the Safety Director outlining
the reason why the permit is necessary. Please include your
name, address and phone number, along with a list of all of
the vehicles in the household, including year, make, model,
license number, serial number and to whom the vehicle is titled
to. This information can either be mailed or brought in to
the Safety Department.
Junk Dealers, Pawnbrokers and Secondhand Dealers
Ordinance 345-08 requires all junk dealers, pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers obtain an annual license to do business within the City of Parma from the Director of Public Safety. Annual License Fee: $100.00 plus $10.00 for each additional employee. License applications are available here.
Carnivals, Concessions and Fairs
Ordinance 349-08 requires all carnival owners and concession owners obtain a license from the Director of Public Safety prior to operating concessions or amusement rides at a carnival or fair within the City of Parma. License Fee: $100.00 plus $10.00 each additional employee. License applications are available here.
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through
Gregory Michael Baeppler
Office: (440) 885-8174
Fax: (440) 885-8125
Prior to being appointed Parma's safety director, Mr. Baeppler
was the manager of Safety Services at Jacobs Field. Before
that position, he was a Cleveland police officer for 30 years.
During his tenure with the Cleveland Police Department he
was commander of Sixth District and later was named commander
for the Second District. Both districts were noted for strict
traffic enforcement and community-based policing.
He has testified as an expert witness in safety-related civil
suits and has attended the University of Toledo and the FBI
Academy at Quantico, Virginia.
Office: (440) 885-8010
Ms. Kocik has over 15 years experience in the field to include
14 years in a similar position with the City of Euclid. In
addition, she served for one year as an animal cruelty investigator
for the Animal Protective League. She has completed levels
I and II of the Animal Control Academy and is certified as
an animal control officer.
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