Building, Zoning, Planning, and Code Enforcement

Building & Zoning Division

The purpose of the Building and Zoning Division is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Sharonville, as they relate to new construction, additions, remodeling, and existing buildings. This goal is achieved through the enforcement of the building, zoning, land use, and property maintenance codes. Both residential and commercial construction must meet these governing codes. This division assists customers by providing services such as:

  • Processing building permit applications
  • Reviewing and approving plans and specifications for construction
  • Issuing building permits
  • Providing required inspections for projects until completion and occupancy
  • Offering guidance and helpful information on how to complete your project
  • Assisting in property maintenance nuisance abatements
Downtown Bike Path Feasibility StudyZoning activity includes site plan review, zoning verification, zoning certificates, zoning variances, and zoning enforcement. Site plan review is required for all new construction and building expansion as well as permits for fences, driveways, parking lots, swimming pools, deck additions, etc. When a site plan does not meet the requirements of the zoning code the applicant may either modify the plans to meet the code or apply for a variance, which is a request for relief from strict application of the code. If an applicant disagrees with an interpretation of the code official, the applicant may apply for an appeal of the official’s decision.

Variances and appeals are decided by the Board of Zoning Appeals, which consists of seven Sharonville residents and meets on a monthly basis. Variance requests are by far the most common application we receive, and the board decides on between four and six applications a month. Common residential requests include setbacks to accessory structures (sheds), solid fence locations, and other related yard and area requirements.

Common commercial requests include sign regulations, parking requirements, and setbacks. Yard and area variances must demonstrate practical difficulty to justify approval. Use variances are permitted by Ohio law, but must demonstrate a true hardship to justify approval. Common use variances we have received in the past include church uses outside Public Facility (PF) districts, which is the only place in the zoning code where churches are permitted uses. Many of these use variance requests were approved by the BZA.


Planning Division

The Planning Division serves the public by providing information to the elected and other city officials in order to assist them in making decisions about growth and development of the city. The division is responsible for enforcing land use regulations, developing long-range plans to meet future city-wide needs and guiding physical development in the city.

The Planning Division performs the following duties:
  • Manages rezoning and PUD requests, conditional use permits, and subdivision applications
  • Coordinates all development plan review via a Staff Technical Review Committee that is comprised of staff from various city departments
  • Updates the zoning ordinance
  • Oversees revisions to and maintain the land use plan, thoroughfare plan and comprehensive plan
  • Provides support staff to Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Architectural Review Committee
  • Recommends design guidelines to the current Zoning Districts
  • Facilitates long-range area plans
  • Facilitates long-range growth strategies
  • Provides geographic information systems (GIS) support

Property Maintenance Division

The Property Maintenance Division enforces the current edition of the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) as published by the International Code Council.  The IPMC provides minimum standards for general maintenance of buildings and grounds. Property Maintenance enforcement includes both residential and commercial properties. The Planning Department continues proactive enforcement as well as quick response to complaints from residents and other parties. 

Code Enforcement Task Force

The Code Enforcement Task Force was created to provide a joint approach at code enforcement specific to different departments.   The Task Force demonstrates a concerted effort by the City to maintain property values and quality of life.   The Planning Department is the central point of contact for all code enforcement questions and concerns. 

The following city departments are represented by two staff members each on the Code Enforcement Task Force:  Fire, Health, Police, Public Works and Building/Planning.  In addition, two elected officials sit on the Task Force, attend meetings, and join group rides to target areas.

The following documents are related to Sharonville's progress in building businesses and proper zoning:


Commercial Building and Zoning

2012 Annual Report

2013 Commissioner Schedule