Frequently Asked Questions
Q. When is the next Council Meeting?
A. Council Meetings are on the first and third Mondays of each month with the exception of holidays and the summer schedule. Please check the City Calendar for meeting dates.
Q. Where do I vote?
A. Click here to view a map of Oberlin’s Wards and Voting Stations.
Q. What are City Hall Office Hours?
A. Currently, offices located in City Hall (85 S. Main St.) and Old City Hall (69 S. Main St.) are open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This includes the following departments:
Oberlin Municipal Court Hours can be found on the Court's website.
Q. Do I need to submit plans or obtain a permit for my home improvement or building project?
A. Residential Building Permits are needed for construction, demolition, alteration and repair projects. Click here to see the details of the process.
Do I need a permit for my pool, fence, shed, etc.
A. Like larger home improvement projects, these types of projects also require Residential Building Permits. Click here to see the details of the process.
Q. What are the setback requirements for buildings on my lot?
A. Setback requirements vary depending on the zoning of your lot. Once you obtain the zoning designation of your lot you can refer to Chapter 13 of the Oberlin Code to see details for your district.
Q. Do I need a permit to put up a sign?
A. Most signs require a permit however there are a few that do not. Refer to Section 1351 of the Oberlin Code for details.
Q. What is the zoning of my property?
A. The City Zoning Map is currently under review. Once approved, the map will be posted to the website. In the meantime you may contact the Planning Department (440) 775-7182 to obtain the zoning designation for your property.
Q. When will brush be picked up on my street?
A. Brush collection is provided one month in the spring and one month in the fall of each year. Please check the Public Works Refuse & Recycling section of this site for further details.
Q. How do I schedule a large trash pickup?
A. For residents the City provides one (2 cu. yd.) large trash pick-up per year at no cost on an appointment basis. Please check the Public Works Refuse & Recycling section of this site for further details.
Q. When will leaves be picked up?
A. Leaves collection is scheduled every fall generally starting at the end of October. Please check the Public Works Refuse & Recycling section of this site for further details.
Q. What do I do with yard waste?
A. The City collects bagged yard waste on Monday mornings by appointment only. Tags for yard waste may be purchased at eh Utility Office at 69 S. Main St. Please check the Public Works Refuse & Recycling section of this site for further details.
Q. How do I reserve a park for a family event?
A. To reserve one of our many parks for your event simply fill out the Park Request Form and submit it to the Recreation Office at 69 South Main Street.
Q. How do I register for a program?
A. Registration is taken my mail, in person, or online by filling out the proper program registration form. Click here for the Recreation Department Forms page.
Q. How do I report a street light out?
A. To report a street light out or contact the OMLPS Office at (440) 775-7260 or submit a Service Request Form online.
Q. How do I get a Home Energy Audit?
A. Contact us for a Home Energy Audit. Our trained technical services staff will perform the home energy audit to help you identify areas of your home that gobble up energy and to inform you about the actions you can take to reduce your energy usage.
Q.How can I save money on my energy bills?
A. Click here for tips on reducing energy costs.
Questions regarding Taxes and Utility Billing click here.