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Zoning FAQs

What do the colored flags mean in my yard?

The American Public Works Association recommended color code is used to mark the location of underground facilities, temporary survey markings, and site of intended excavation.  When utility company representatives mark a location, they use colored flags and/or paint to identify the type of underground service.  Ohio Universal Marking Standards

Can you find my underground utility lines before I start digging?

You must call 811 prior to beginning your project!
Before you start digging, there are a few facts you should check to ensure all of your outdoor projects go smoothly and safely.

Calling before you dig is important not only for safety reasons, but also because IT’S THE LAW!  By law, homeowners should contact O.U.P.S. by calling 8-1-1 or 1-800-362-2764, or visit e-dig and request the location of underground facilities near your proposed digging site. Knowing where gas, electric and other facilities cross your property will help protect your life, your property, and your wallet.

More information can also be found on the O.U.P.S website.

Does the city have a drop box?

Yes, there are two drop boxes available for residents to submit payments, forms, employment applications, and other documents to the city.

There is a drop box located just inside the city building’s front door, which is open 24 hours a day, and drops directly into the city administration offices.

Don’t want to get out of your car? There is a drive-up drop box located in the alley across from the city building, between 23 and 31 Park Avenue.

Do I need a permit for a temporary yard sign?

Temporary yard signs in a residential district do not require a permit.

Temporary signs of any nature in a business district may require a permit. Contact the Planning & Zoning Manager for more information.

Can I have a temporary yard sign in a residential district?

Yes, temporary lawn signs may be placed in your yard per the parameters below:

  • no commercial advertising;
  • individual signs must be smaller than 6 square feet in area, and shorter than 4 feet in height;
  • combined total surface area of temporary signs cannot exceed 12 square feet in area;
  • signs must be in good condition.

For more information, see Title 12 Signs in the Oakwood Zoning Code.

Is a permit required for completing utility work on my property?

Yes!  Please review the Property Owner Utility Work guidelines.

Does the city have a survey or drawing of my property?

No, generally all construction drawings were recorded by the builder at Montgomery County offices, or additionally records may be available at the Reibold building.

Can you find my property lines/pins or survey my lot?

The Code Enforcement Officer may assist you in attempting to locate your property lines/pins; however, you may need to hire a professional surveyor.

How many tenants can I have in my rental property?

Section 409 of the Oakwood Zoning Code regulates residential group rentals, and prohibits more than two unrelated individuals who do not constitute a Family (as defined by the Oakwood Zoning Code) from living together in a single family dwelling unit.

How much does a housing inspection cost?

All pre-sale and rental housing inspections are $70.00 and payment must accompany the inspection application, or use our Online Bill Pay with additional $1.95 fee.

How do I schedule a Pre-Sale or Rental Housing inspection?

Download and complete an inspection application, and return to 30 Park Ave, Oakwood Ohio 45419, or email to zoning@oakwoodohio.gov. Once both the application and $70 fee are received, an inspection can be scheduled. Please be sure someone is available to meet the inspector at the property.

How do I apply for a permit?

Fill out a permit application, and return to 30 Park Ave, Oakwood Ohio 45419, or email to zoning@oakwoodohio.gov.  Zoning permits have a $50 fee, and payment must accompany the permit application, or use our Online Bill Pay with additional $1.95 fee. Contact the Oakwood Code Enforcement Officer at (937) 297-2920 with any questions.

The city of Oakwood contracts with the city of Kettering to perform Building Department services for structural, electrical and plumbing home improvement projects.  Apply online at www.ketteringoh.org/access. Kettering city offices are located at 3600 Shroyer Road, Kettering, Ohio 45429.  Contact the Kettering Building Department at (937) 296-2441.

How do I know if a permit is required?

Please review our Home Improvement Permit Requirements Chart.  If you are still not sure, please contact the Oakwood Code Enforcement Officer at (937) 297-2920 or via email to zoning@oakwoodohio.gov.

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