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Welcome to Maple Heights!

The City of Maple Heights is ideally situated just 9 miles from both Downtown Cleveland, Ohio and University Circle employment hubs, with optimal access to Interstate Highways I-480, I-271, I-77 each in very close proximity.  Maple Heights is also home to our region’s Norfolk Southern Intermodal rail yard, which serves as a direct pipeline for freight traffic to and from the Port of Cleveland – connecting both commercial trucking and interstate rail commodities with the Great Lakes Seaway and further international markets.

Nearly 25,000 residents call Maple Heights home and frequent the City’s commercial districts – which host a diverse range of locally owned shops, eateries and national chains.  The Cleveland-Akron-Canton Combined Statistical Area is home to over 3.6 million people, over 1.2 million of which reside in Cuyahoga County.

The Department of Planning and Development works to guide both public and private projects by nurturing existing community businesses, assisting in facility expansion, and attracting new companies through ongoing coordination with regional agencies.  We do this while streamlining internal processes and planning for future investments across the City.  Ultimately the Department seeks to serve City residents’ wellbeing, through improved access to a myriad of individually customized opportunities.  We are happy to serve as a connector to other regional resources beyond City Hall.  Click here for a Department organizational chart which includes our Building and Housing teams.

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Maple Heights was incorporated in 1915 from the Northwestern portion of Bedford township, making it one of Cleveland’s original suburbs. The City’s growth pattern was primarily established in the 1940s – 1960s as ranch and bungalow style homes, though areas of city housing and commercial stock date back further to the 1900s.  Ensuring community member homes are maintained to a high standard, code enforcement is an ongoing focus of your municipal government – with concentrated focus areas evolving to meet changing needs.

In 2022, the City of Maple Heights received the Ohio Auditor of State Keith Faber’s Clean Audit Award commending the City on its financial stewardship. This designation reflects a major shift from the City’s former designation, being assigned to a state of fiscal emergency in February 2015.  Through stabilization of the City’s finances, the City has seen continued investment, including GOJO, manufacturers of Purell-brand hand sanitizer, establishing a 325,000 square foot manufacturing facility, among other significant commercial projects in the past five years.

Maple Heights’ full 5.17 square miles of land area is a designated Community Reinvestment Area, allowing for unique financial incentives to aid in offsetting new construction and rehabilitation costs.

We encourage Maple Heights businesses to complete our Business Contact Form so we can better serve you.

If you have questions relating to building permits, rental registration, housing programs or code enforcement – please contact the Building and Housing Department Divisions at

Top Employers

  • Maple Heights Board of Education
  • Sherwood Food Distributors
  • Liberty Ford Inc.
  • Signature Health Inc.
  • Progressive Casualty Insurance Company
  • Home Depot USA Inc.
  • Charter Communications Holding
  • Riser Foods Company
  • Cuyahoga Vending Company Inc.
  • Peck Food Services
  • Clifton Steel Company Inc.
  • Cornerstone Innovations Inc.
  • Westrock Services Inc.
  • Hans Truck and Trailer Repair
  • ITS Technologies & Logistics Inc.
  • Leafguard
  • Ohio Magnetics Inc.
  • Dollar Tree

Contact Us

Joe Duffy, AICP
Director of Planning and Development

Gina Pieragostine
Administrative Assistant
(216) 587-9032

Maple Heights City Hall, 2nd Floor
5353 Lee Road
Maple Heights, Ohio 44137

Monday – Friday
8:30a – 5:00p

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