Zoning Permits

The following information is provided as a guide, but it is highly recommended that you call the Zoning Office at 440-338-5811 when in the planning stage of any construction project.

The following require a zoning permit:

Please note this list is not inclusive – if your project is not listed please call to verify what is required.

New Residences  

Accessory buildings, including tool sheds whether or not on a foundation  



Interior alterations that include any structural change  

In-ground swimming pools  

Above-ground swimming pools with a depth of 36 inches or more  

Wood decks  


All commercial buildings – new, addition, alteration  

Activities with a riparian setback (this means within a specified distance of a stream or river)  

 In addition, a Water Management & Sediment Control Plan is required for most construction and land disturbance. Call the Zoning Office to find out how to obtain this. In some cases you will apply to the Zoning Inspector and in others you will apply to Geauga Soil & Water Conservation District.

Zoning Permit Applications – Call the Zoning office for an appointment. They are scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Zoning Information Sheets – Click below to download further information:

 Requirements for New Residence Permits

 Requirements for Permits for Additions, Accessory Buildings, Swimming Pools etc.

 Variance Procedures

 Zoning Fees – Click below to download the Zoning Fee Schedule:

 Zoning Fee Schedule

 Zoning Forms – Click below to download commonly-used forms:

 Application for a Zoning Certificate

 Water Management and Sediment Control Plan (WMSC) Application

 Notice of Appeal requesting a Variance

 Application for a Conditional Zoning Certificate