75 North Walnut Street, Germantown, OH 45327 | (937) 855-7255
Obtain and complete Application For Zoning Permit. Accompanying site plans must illustrate how all height regulations, lot area, width, and yard requirements are met for each accessory use.
All occupational activities must occur entirely within the principle dwelling (home) and be conducted only by persons who live there. No separate entrance for the proposed use or modification not customarily found in residential dwellings is allowed. No more than 25% of the total actual floor area of any one story may be used for proposed use. No equipment except which is used for purely domestic or household purposes may be used. Only one non-illuminated sign, not to exceed two square feet in area, may be externally displayed. All Home Occupations are conditional uses.
These improvements are allowed when use and height requirements are met as specified by the applicable zoning district regulations. In addition, they may not be erected in side or front yard areas and may not be closer than three (3) feet to any side or rear lot line. When accessed from an alley, the accessory structure shall be at least 10 feet from the alley. There shall be no more than two (2) accessory structures for each lot; each structure must be at least 10 feet from each main building. When there is sufficient side or front yard area to allow construction without infringing upon required minimum setbacks, an accessory structure (excluding pools) may be erected, provided that it is attached to the main building or connected by a covered breezeway.
Unroofed Porches and Steps may extend from the dwelling into the front yard a maximum of 10 feet.
A fence, wall, hedge, or shrubbery may be erected, placed, maintained, or grown along a lot line in the front or corner side yard to a height not to exceed three feet (3′),and not to exceed six feet (6′) in the side or rear yards. Owner assumes full responsibility for placement in any recognized easement.
Dish Antennas must be placed in the rear yard, no less than eight (8) feet from any property line or easement, no less than 10 feet from any other structure, nor in proximity to any electrical power line in such a manner as to create a safety hazard. The dish may not exceed nine (9) feet in diameter. It cannot exceed 12 feet in height from the ground or be higher than the main structure, whichever is less. No more than one dish type antenna shall be permitted on any lot. See the Zoning Compliance Officer for landscaping, fencing and other dish antenna related requirements.
This includes attached rooms, garages, carports, decks, and roofed or enclosed porches. These improvements are allowed when use, height, lot area, width, and yard requirements are met as specified by the applicable zoning district regulations.
Curb, Gutter, Sidewalk and Driveway Repairs do not require a Zoning or Building Permit, but rather a Construction Permit from the Supervisor of Street and Storm Sewers.
|One, Two, and Three-Family Buildings|
– New Homes, Room Additions and Alterations
|$50.00 Plus $0.15 per Square Foot|
|Basic Fee – <400 Sq. Ft. Accessory Structure||$30.00 Plus $0.10 per Square Foot|
|Basic Fee – >400 Sq. Ft. Accessory Structure||$50.00 Plus $0.12 per Square Foot|
|Basic Fee||$80.00 Plus $0.04 per Square Foot|
|Temporary Electric Pole||$50.00|
|Electric Service Upgrade||$35.00|
|With Additional Wiring||$70.00|
|Heating and Air Conditioning Fees|
|Each Additional Unit||$30.00|
|Duct Extension Only||$50.00|
|Replacement Heating and Air Conditioning (Combined)||$90.00|
|Replacement Heating or Air Conditioning||$60.00|
|Gas Piping Inspection||$50.00|
|Call back re-inspection (3rd or more trips)||$50.00|
|Unspecified Inspection||$50.00 per half hour|
|Inspection, not specifically listed in this fee schedule|
|Starting work without a permit||$100.00 Or Fee x2, whichever is greater|
OBTAINING A PERMIT
If you are planning to construct a new building or make a change to your property in the Germantown area, you may obtain all the necessary information and forms at the “one-stop” customer service counter at the Germantown Offices, 75 N. Walnut St., Germantown. All new buildings and structures, alterations, additions, remodeling, demolitions, changes in use or other activities connected to construction or development require permits. The following items do NOT require a building permit: siding, re-roofing, landscaping (other than retaining walls), painting/wallpapering for maintenance purposes and storm/screen windows and doors.
To apply for a permit, you must submit an application form, along with a $deposit (see permit fees), zoning certificate and the appropriate number of sets of plans drawn according to the Building Code.
If you are not sure whether you need a permit for the changes you plan to make, call our inspection service at 433.4642. This simple inquiry prevents what could be costly and time-consuming mistakes.
Germantown enforces a model residential building code, as well as related electrical, fire and mechanical codes. The Residential Code of Ohio applies to one-, two-and three-family dwellings. The Ohio Building Code (OBC) applies to the construction of buildings with more than three (3) dwellings, commercial and industrial structures.
Provide two (2) sets (three (3) if commercial) of building plans with each application. All building and lot plans are to be drawn to scale. Your drawings should show pertinent details in architecture, structure, plumbing, mechanics, fire protection, elevations and foundation in accordance with applicable codes. The lot plan must show the buildings/structure drawn to scale, the dimensions of the lot, and the distances from the building or structure to front, rear, and side lot lines, parking, screening, location of existing or proposed water/sewer laterals or septic system/wells and other required elements. In accordance with Ohio Revised Code, plans for commercial construction under the OBC must be “sealed” by a registered design professional.
ONCE YOU SUBMIT THE PLANS
Once you submit the plans, the plans examiner, zoning and building officials will review them. To protect the public health and safety, building permits cannot be issued until all requirements are met and plans conform to all applicable ordinances and building codes. This process normally takes 5-10 business days.
When your building permit is approved, you must then pay the balance of any fees to cover inspection costs and filing processes. You will need to call National Inspection at 937.433.4642 to schedule each inspection and provide them your permit number. For each inspection the inspector will need the approved set of plans on site.
Inspectors will make routine, required inspections throughout construction of the structure. Upon completion of the structure, you will receive and “approved” final inspection ticket and, where appropriate, a Certificate of Occupancy.
All plumbing permits are obtained through Montgomery County. Please call 225.4421 or 781.2500.
Questions? Please call National Inspection Corporation for any Building questions at 937.433.4642 and call the Municipality Building for any Zoning
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