Ordinances and Zoning

Ordinances, Zoning and More

Code of Ordinances

For your convenience, the Marble Cliff Code of Ordinances is available for your review at here. The site permits you to search by topic of interest. Because the Code is periodically updated, you may wish to contact Village Hall at 614-486-6993 for any recent updates.

Variance Process

All requests for variance must be received by the Fiscal Officer at least 30 days before the monthly Council meeting when Council will consider the request. Contact Village Hall for details or look at VARIANCE Section 154.156 of the ordinances at https://codelibrary.amlegal.com/codes/marblecliff/latest/overview


Link to the Fee Schedule applicable to Zoning Administration and Enforcement.


Download Variance Application Form

Zoning Map

Land usage within the Village is regulated so as to promote and protect the public health, safety, comfort, and general welfare of the community. Zoning ordinances may be reviewed by clicking on  https://codelibrary.amlegal.com/codes/marblecliff/latest/overview

Click here for a Zoning Map

Attention Contractors

As you work in the Village of Marble Cliff, we ask that you be aware of the following regulations:

  1. The Village of Marble Cliff prohibits contractor yard signs of any type placed anywhere on the property where you are providing services.Section 154.125 (I) of the Codified Ordinances of the Village of Marble Cliff provides a penalty of up to $200 per violation per day.
  2. In the Village of Marble Cliff, any construction work requiring a variance must be completed within one year of the effective date of the ordinance granting the variance or the variance expires and the property owner must seek re-approval.
  3. All construction activity within the Village of Marble Cliff which creates noise and disruption to the neighborhood must be limited to Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday and is prohibited on Sunday.
  4. The Village of Marble Cliff has a 2% income tax on all income earned while working within the Village of Marble Cliff. The Village’s income tax is administered by the Central Collection Agency (CCA) through the City of Cleveland.

Illicit Dumping and Sewer Connections

A clean Village with clean water is a goal of the Village. Citizens are encouraged to report illegal dumping and illicit sewer connections to Village Hall (614-486-6993) for further investigation. Confidentiality will be maintained.

Digging/Utility Location

Before you dig and possibly sever a gas or electrical line, contact OUPS at
8-1-1 or 1-800-362-2764 or www.oups.org. It could save a life!

Animals Prohibited in the Village

No person shall willfully own, keep, feed, or harbor any dangerous or wild animal within Village limits which could constitute a health risk to humans or domesticated animals. These “health risk animals” include, but are not limited to, rodents, raccoons, opossum, skunks, coyotes, wolves, bats, groundhogs, or any other animal capable of passing harmful viruses, fungi, or bacteria such as, but not limited to, rabies, tuberculosis, and encephalitis. Squirrels and wild birds shall be an exception to this section.
Squirrels and wild birds may be fed within Village limits providing reasonable efforts are made to avoid access to the feed by other animals covered within (a) of this section.
No person shall keep any hog, pig, horse, mule, cow, goat, sheep or any member of the equidae family, the bovidae family, or the suidae family, or any fowl or poultry in any pen, yard, lot or other enclosure situated within the Village.


BEE KEEPING: The keeping of honeybees on single-family residential properties is permitted as a hobby if all colonies are registered with the Ohio Department of Agriculture and all of the requirements of this Section are met. Keeper must maintain valid certification with the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
(b) Location, Setbacks, Number.
(1) Beehives may be located in a rear yard only.
(2) The front of any beehive shall face away from the property line of the adjoining residential property(ies);
(3) Hives shall be located a minimum of ten feet (10′) off the property line;
(4) There shall be no more than one (1) hive on any one parcel, with a height not to exceed five (5) feet, and not exceed 16,020 cubic inches per hive.
(5) The Colony’s shall have Restrictive Access by either a 6′ perimeter fencing (which requires a variance from Village Council) or a solid 6′ hedge row on or contiguous to the hive owner’s property.
(c) Water. Each beekeeper shall have on their property a convenient source of water available in close proximity to the beehive at all times during the year so that the bees are less likely to congregate off premises. Water source should have acceptable access for bees, should be of concrete construction (ie concrete bird bath or fountain) or have stone surfaces protruding from the water to promote desirable landing surface.
(d) Maintenance of colonies. The maintenance of each colony shall meet the following conditions:
(1) Colonies shall be maintained in movable frame hives;
(2) Adequate space shall be maintained in the hive to prevent overcrowding;
(3) Colonies shall be re-queened following any aggressive behavior. No Africanized bees shall be intentionally introduced into the beehives. Should Africanized bees be found dwelling in any beehive, the beekeeper shall take immediate action to eradicate the Africanized bees as swiftly as possible.
(e) Compliance. Notwithstanding compliance with the various requirements of this Section, a beekeeper shall be prohibited from keeping any colony or colonies in such a manner or of such disposition as to cause any unhealthy condition, interfere with the normal use and enjoyment of human or animal life of others or interfere with the normal use and enjoyment of any public or private property.