The Safety Department is comprised of the Police Department, Fire Department, Parma Regional Dispatch 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, etc.
The Safety Department adinisters 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.
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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.
Be aware that the school zone enforcement schedule is not the same in every school zone. Click the link below to see detailed information about when school zone traffic enforcement is active.
School Traffic Lighting Schedule
The following permits may be obtained through the Safety Department:
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 a permit.
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, which costs $10, 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.
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Thomas Wm. Weinreich
Office: (440) 885-8174
Fax: (440) 885-8125
Thomas Wm. Weinreich has more than 30 years’ experience in various governmental positions, among them 12 years as a Parma Assistant City Prosecutor, eight years as Parma Tax Commissioner and five years as Director of Human Resources and Purchasing. He became Director of Public Safety in December, 2016.
Mr. Weinreich graduated from Cleveland State University in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. In 1998, he earned a law degree from the University of Akron School of Law. He is a member of The State Bar of Ohio.
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.
Parma City Hall
6611 Ridge Road
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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