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Zoning Pamphlet

Zoning Inspector is appointed by the Mayor and Village Council to act as the agent to ensure impartial compliance with the zoning laws.

What kind or projects require a Zoning Certificate?  If you are planning to construct or renovate a structure on your property, you are likely to need a zoning certificate.  If you are adding to or changing the “footprint” on your lot, you will need a zoning certificate.

EXAMPLES:    New Home Garage            Shed                               Deck

                            Fence                                Sidewalk                          Driveway         

                           Alterations                          Signs                               Swimming Pool                      

                           Demolition                          Ornamental Structure     Curb Cut

                          Swing Sets and Play Apparatus                                 Temporary Structure 

                          All Commercial Use Projects

General maintenance or repair on your property, excepting sidewalk and driveway replacement, does NOT require a zoning certificate.

What lead times are typical?  Common projects that do not require the Village Planning Commission’s involvement are turned around with one work week or less.  Contact the Zoning Inspector for special needs as required.

What do I need to do to get started?  Once you have decided on a project, you should contact the Zoning Inspector who will provide you with the appropriate Zoning Application.  Applications are also available on-line at our web site (http://www.vanburenohio.org).

 You will need to know your lot number and prepare eight (8) scaled drawings of the intended project.  The Zoning Inspector will review your application for compliance with the zoning laws and if all is in order will issue you a Zoning Certificate and you are ready to begin. 

What if I don’t get a Zoning Certificate?  Failure to obtain the proper certificate prior to commencement of a project will result in a stop work order from the Zoning Inspector and the applicable application fee being doubled.  If you remain non-compliant with the zoning laws, you will be referred to the Village Solicitor for legal action.

What costs are involved?  Village Council adopted a fee schedule for common projects and an abbreviated version is included in the next section.  The complete schedule is available at our web site or by contacting the Zoning Inspector.  Each project constitutes a separate fee but a single Zoning Certificate may be issued to cover multiple projects.


 

Fee Schedule (Residential)

Home…$50 - $150 (size dependent)

Garage………………………..….… $50

Shed………………………………… $50

Deck………………………………… $50

Fence…………………………….…. $25

Sidewalk……………………..….….. $25

Driveway………………………….…. $25

Alterations………………….…….…. $50

Signs…………………………….…… $25

Swimming Pool (See Code)…….…. $25

Demolition……………………..….…. $50

Ornamental Structure…………….… $25

Curb Cut (per lineal foot)…….……… $2

Swing Sets & Play Apparatus....…… $1

Temporary Structure…………..…….. $1

 

Commercial zoning fees vary from residential and include

various projects not applicable for residential use.  Contact the Zoning Inspector for details.

FAILURE TO OBTAIN A ZONING CERTIFICATE BEFORE CONSTRUCTION BEGINS OR A USE IS ESTABLISHED, SHALL DOUBLE THE NORMAL FEES.  NO REQUEST WILL BE REVIEWED UNTIL THE FEE FOR SUCH CERTIFICATE HAS BEEN PAID IN FULL AND ALL PLANS ARE SUBMITTED.

 

 

Michael Julien

Zoning Inspector

419-208-9009

Van Buren Zoning

Van Buren is a zoned community and is controlled by Village Ordinance # 718.  This simple pamphlet is an overview of some of the more common questions that may apply if you are considering a project at your property.  For more detailed information, you should contact the Village Zoning Inspector.

Why have zoning? Zoning is intended to protect property values and provide for the safety and common welfare of our citizens.  It is intended to ensure that Van Buren presents a positive impression for visitors and residents. 

Who is responsible for enforcement?  The Village