Welcome from the Mayor
City of Westlake
27700 Hilliard Blvd.
Westlake, OH 44145
M – F: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Engineering Department
27700 Hilliard Boulevard
Westlake, OH 44145
Phone: 440.617.4145
Fax: 440.617.4189

Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Engineering Department is responsible for the general engineering requirements of the city. The department implements all plans and programs relating to city infrastructure including storm and sanitary sewers, structures, roadways, sidewalks and other improvements. The department also coordinates traffic engineering and grant estimation as well as plat books, easements and deeds.

Staff members provide technical engineering services in design, inspection, contract administration, complaint investigation and plan review and offer advice to residents in the areas of general grading, drainage and construction. The department also provides technical support to all city departments on any infrastructure-related areas.


Engineering Department Staff

Robert P. Kelly, P.E.

Staff also includes a design engineer, a grant coordinator, draftsmen, inspectors, and administrative assistants to assist the director.


Construction Details

To view the Standard Construction Details Index, click here.

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Mitigating Wet or Flooded Basements

Informational Brochure Available
The Westlake Engineering Department has compiled a brochure that offers an explanation of Westlake sewer systems and other information that may help prevent or solve problems with water in basements. To access this brochure, click here.

Flood Information:

Click here for a power point presentation regarding 2012 Flood Mitigation.

Click here for a power point presentation regarding 2011 Drainage and Basement Flooding.

Click here for flooding information from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.

To view the power point presentation for the Basement Flooding Meeting, Ward 4, click here. This meeting was held at Westlake City Hall on March 24, 2011.

To view the power point presentation for the Basement Flooding Meeting, Lower Dover, click here. This meeting was held at Westlake City Hall on March 16, 2011.

To view the power point presentation for the Bassetment Flooding Meeting, May 12, 2014 click here. This meeting was held at Westlake City Hall on June 10, 2014.

To view the power point presentation for the May 12, 2014 rain event and possible retention basin expansions click here. This Committee Meeting was held at Westlake City Hall on October 8, 2014.

Go Green Program

2015 Rain & Garden Show
The City of Westlake, Department of Engineering Dept will be hosting our 4th Annual Rain and Garden Show. This event is to raise awareness on water quality issues and to promote eco-friendly products and other environmentally green alternatives. Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 10:00 am – 2:00pm at the Westlake Recreation Center. Click Here to view the 2015 Information Flyer.

To view the “2014 Rain and Garden Show" presentations please Click Here.

Westlake Watershed Group
We want YOU for the Westlake Watershed Group, a citizen committee that helps protect the quality of our waterways. Interested residents, business people, etc. are encouraged to attend meetings! Please contact the Engineering Department to find out when the next meeting will be held.

Rain Barrel Workshop, 3/19/11
On March 19, 2011, the Engineering Department hosted a Rain Barrel Workshop at the Westlake Recreation Center. Presenters demonstrated how to install a rain barrel and explained how the rain barrels are beneficial to the environment. To view a video from the workshop, click here.

Homeowner Rain Garden Information
Westlake dedicated a "Rain Garden" at the Westlake Recreation Center Park, NW of gazebo, in April 2007. Homeowners are encouraged to create their own rain garden and several informational guides have been created and are available at this website.
For the leaflet Rain Garden for Homeowners, click here.
For the booklet Rain Garden Manual for Homeowners, click here.
For the brochure, Create Your Own Rain Garden in Six Easy Steps, click here.


Future Projects

Canterbury/Detroit Rd Improvements - For details, click here.

Columbia Gas- Gas Line Replacement – Columbia Gas will be replacing the natural gas pipeline system in the following areas; Center Ridge Road (Health Campus Dr-Water Rd), Canterbury Rd (Rose Rd-Westwood Rd), Columbia Rd (Rose Rd- Westwood Rd), Hall Drive, Maple Ridge Rd, and Walter Rd (No. Olmsted line- Carla Dr) beginning in mid-Summer 2014. This important project includes upgrading your natural gas system with new pipelines that will provide safe and reliable service to you for many years to come.

To provide you with the new pipeline system, Columbia Gas will need to conduct the following work:
• REPLACE the main line. This pipe usually runs underneath your street or alley.
• REPLACE the service line. This pipe runs from the main line to the meter that serves your home or business.
• RELOCATE any indoor gas meters to the outside of the home or business if not already outside.

Columbia Gas realizes that a project of this scope often raises a lot of questions, and Columbia Gas is committed to answering all of them. CLICK HERE to view answers to questions that we know you will have, and they also invite you to follow the progress of the project at Facebook.com/Columbia.Gas.Westlake.Project.
Letter to Residents Work ZoneWinter Work Suspension Letter

Water Quality Restoration Project - For details, click here.

Detroit Road Corridor - To view information on the Detroit Road Corridor Study, click here.


Projects to Bid

None at this time.


Recent Bid Tabulations and Awards

CITY WIDE SIGNAL UPGRADE PID 89037 - Bid was opened on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 2:00pm; low bidder was awarded to Perram Electric Co. by City Council on February 19, 2015. To view Bid tabulations, click here.
Westlake Salt Storage Building - Bid was opened on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 2:00pm; the apparent low bidder is Miller Builders. Bid tabulations, will be released after Council approval.

Westlake Service Garage Tipping Pad - Bid was opened on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 2:00pm; the apparent low bidder is Miller Builders. Bid tabulations, will be released after Council approval.


2015 Road and Sewer Projects

None at this time.


2014 Completed Road and Sewer Projects

2014 Pavement Crack and Joint Seal
The City of Westlake hired PS Construction Fabrics, Inc. to perform the 2014 Pavement Crack and Joint Sealing Project. This project is to crack seal on various asphalt roadways throughout the City. The sealant was applied to cracks in the pavement to prevent the migration of water into the pavement, which during freeze cycles damages the roadway. This is another cost effective preventative maintenance technique used by the City to maintain quality road surfaces for the traveling public, this project is completed for the year.

2014 Catch Basin Rehabilitation
The City hired Don Mould’s to repair catch basins throughout the City along various roadways. This year’s program has identified approximately 62 structures, mostly along Hilliard Blvd. from Rocky River to Columbia Road, that need to be repaired. This work requires the removal of the existing casting and frame, removal and repair of the damaged portion of the structure and the restoration of the affected pavement adjacent to the structure.

To view the list of catch basin schedule for repair click here.

2014 Concrete Pavement Rehabilitation w/ Asphalt Overlay on Various Streets
The City of Westlake has hired Specialized Construction Inc. to perform pavement rehabilitation in Prestwick Subdivision, Canterbury Road (Detroit to Center Ridge), and First Street (Canterbury to Columbia Rd). The improvements in these areas involved the milling of the existing asphalt pavement, repair of any remaining damaged concrete pavement, drainage structures and then provide an asphalt overlay to the entire area.

2014 Waterline Replacement and Roadway Rehabilitation – Marshfield Blvd and Strawberry Ln.
The City hired Mr. Excavator to complete this project. It will include the installation of a new 8 inch water main complete with new fire hydrants and valve service connections. Included with this program will be the rehabilitation of the entire roadway along with the sanitary sewer and storm sewer.

Bradley Rd & Detroit Rd Widening
The City hire Site Tech, Inc. to widen the intersection of Bradley Rd and Detroit Rd. The contractors are currently working on the base concrete for the westbound lanes. The base concrete for the project shall be completed this month. The sidewalk, planters and driveway work will continue along the north side. In October 2014 asphalt paving was completed to the road.


Magazine Articles

Magazine Highlights Westlake Sanitary Sewer Interceptor Project

The city's Sanitary Interceptor Rehabilitation Project is the subject of an article in Underground Construction Magazine. To read this article, click here.

Magazine Highlights Westlake Sewer Program

The city's Sewer Rehabilitation Program is the subject of an article in the Municipal Sewer & Water Magazine. To read this article, click here.

Related links http://www.mswmag.com/ezine/2008/11/

To view an official copy of the Westlake Engineering Department's manuscript from the 2008 Water Environment Federation's Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference, click here.


Presentations and Awards

The city received an Honorable Mention in Trenchless Technology Magazine for the Sanitary Interceptor Rehabilitation project. To read the article, click here.

Director of Engineering Robert P. Kelly, P.E. and Field Engineer James J. Smolik, P.E. presented a power point presentation on “Lessons Learned during Sewer Rehabilitation on Public and Private Property” at the "2014 Pumper & Cleaner International Expo" in Indianapolis, Indiana. To view their PowerPoint presentation, click here.


Permit Information

2014 Cold Weather Concrete Pours are in Place Click Here

Flat Work Concrete or Asphalt

In order to place flat work concrete or asphalt within the city of Westlake, you must obtain a permit at the Engineering Department, Westlake City Hall, 27700 Hilliard Boulevard. Following is a list of required permits and fees:
    Permits for sidewalk, driveway, apron and patio will need a sketch for Engineering Department review. For a printable form, click here.

    Permits for garage floors are issued through the Building Department. Cost is $25.25.

  • New sidewalks and drives (typically new homes), new patios (flat work only), and commercial parking lot overlays: $50 fee.
  • New or rehabilitation to drive aprons or walkways, rehabilitation to sidewalks, driveways, or patios (flat work only): $15 fee.
  • Conditions of Concrete Permits:
    • 24-hour notice is required prior to ALL inspections
    • Inspections required: Mobilization and after forms are set
    • No dumping/obstructing street with material (Code 311-01"D)
    • Plywood is required to be laid on city streets during all work activities

    *All sidewalks and aprons that are concrete must remain concrete.

    Permit for street opening, home demolition, boring and public utility work

  • There is a deposit due with this permit, which varies from $500 on up, depending on the amount of work to be done.
  • To obtain this permit, you must submit a plan/drawing(s) for the engineer's approval.
  • Notify the Westlake Engineering Department 24 hours prior to beginning any construction at 440.617.4145.
  • *All street openings must be repaired within 48 hours.

    Permit for curb cuts

  • There is a $50 minimum fee for a new curb cut. If the cut is more than 25 linear feet, the fee is: Linear feet x $2 = amount due.
  • For widening an existing curb cut, there is a minimum fee of $25. If the cut is more than 12.5 linear feet, the fee is: Linear feet x $2 = amount due.
  • A sketch is required to obtain a curb cut permit.
  • Notify the Westlake Engineering Department 24 hours prior to beginning any construction at 440.617.4145.

  • Grading permit

  • Grading permits are $50. You will need a grading permit any time you are changing the grade in your yard. For example, excessive landscaping; putting in an in-ground pool; adding dirt, yard drains and swales; building a mound, addition, etc. may change the grade.
  • A sketch is required to obtain a grading permit.
  • Notify the Westlake Engineering Department 24 hours prior to beginning any construction at 440.617.4145.
  • For a printable form, click here.

    Erosion and Siltation Control

  • To view the Construction Site Erosion & Siltation Control Guidebook, click here.

  • Waterproofing

  • Waterproofing guidelines, click here. For application, click here.

  • New Home Construction

  • House Topo guidelines, click here. Footer Elevation form, click here.


Drainage & Retention Information
Chapter 1111
Ordinance No. 1978-47
Section G
Resign Guide Chart
Retention Basin Construction
Retention Basin Slotted Crain w/ Paved Gutter
Standard Design Form



GIS - Geographic Information System
GIS, a layered map system, is updated weekly.
It provides detailed maps of Westlake's property,
infrastructure, zoning and much more.
To access GIS, click here.

FEMA Rate Maps

Street Maps
Crocker Park

Land Subdivision
Land Subdivision map


Related Links

City's Five-Year Capital Plan 2007 – 2011
Schedule of Capital Project Expenditures – Issue 11 Funds