Planning & Development Department
The Planning and Development Department provides general and specific advice on planning, zoning issues, economic development, housing, and building. Staff also provides information to the public and developers with respect to procedures and requirements related to the development and use of land and/or buildings.
The Department also administers the City’s "Business Revolving Loan Fund" that can provide low interest loans to help with the expansion of job opportunities. A "Façade Improvement Loan Fund" for downtown buildings is also available for property or business owners wanting to restore the exterior of buildings. Other business incentive programs are also available.
Income-eligible home owners can apply for assistance in addressing housing improvement needs through the Community Housing Improvement Program (see below). Information concerning various economic and housing programs may be obtained from this Department.
Questions regarding planning, zoning, and/or economic and housing development may be addressed to the Planning Department at (440) 775-7182.
The Building Division of the Planning and Development Department enforces regulations and codes relating to building construction, housing and property maintenance, and nuisance abatement, i.e. sidewalk repair, rubbish and junk removal, junk car removal, weed control, and condemnation and demolition of structures. The Building Division may be reached at (440) 774-3428.
Commercial Construction/State Certified Building Official -The City of Oberlin administers the Ohio Building Code (OBC) for the purpose of providing uniform standards and requires a permit for the construction, repair, alternation or change of use of commercial, industrial, multiple-family residential (more than three dwelling units), and institutional structures.
Residential Construction/Permits and Inspections - A building permit is required for most construction activity, including residential buildings, additions, renovations, demolitions, prefabricated structures, garages, sheds, decks, temporary buildings, roofing, siding, swimming pools, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing. The City will inspect work at specified stages of construction. The Residential Code of Ohio applicable to Multi-Family Dwellings is administered for residential and related construction.
Contractors must have a current license and/or registration in order to be granted a Building Permit.
Building Maintenance - The City enforces the International Property Maintenance Code (2009 Edition). This Code requires that all properties be maintained in good repair, be structurally sound, and sanitary, so as not to pose a threat to public health and safety. Housing and other buildings may be inspected as a result of complaints or staff observed exterior building deficiencies.
Comprehensive Housing Improvement Program (CHIP)
The City operates a Comprehensive Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) to assist low and moderate-income residents with down payment assistance for first-time home buyers, renovation of owner-occupied housing, and emergency home repairs. In addition, limited funds are available to assist income qualified home owners in dealing with mortgage and utility payments.
For information regarding the CHIP program, please contact the Planning & Development Department at (440) 775-7257.