The Zoning Code requires that any new construction, addition, or modification to any building, structure or land within the Village limits must be approved by the Village staff or by the Granville Planning Commission. This would include homes, garages, air conditioning units, fences, swimming pools, antennas, signs, driveways, or anything that requires permanent location on the ground or attachment to something having a permanent location on the ground. In any of these situations, a property owner must file an application with the Planning and Zoning Department for review and approval. A permit is also required for any excavation of land or the demolition of any building. The only types of construction that are exempt from a zoning permit are exact replacements (such as replacing steps) or the re-roofing of a building or structure. However, if the replacement is not exact and alters the building or structure architecturally, the property owner is required to pursue the issuance of a zoning permit.
If an application is consistent with the requirements of the zoning code, it will be approved by the Village staff or by the Planning Commission, whichever is applicable. If any application does not meet the criteria found in the zoning code, the application will be denied. However, the applicant may request a variance hearing before the Board of Zoning and Building Appeals for an alteration or waiver of some of the Code requirements (for example, setback requirements).
If your property is located in the Architectural Review Overly District, you are required to meet additional architectural standards, which can be found in Section 1161 of the Zoning Code. Applications for all new construction or external structural alterations in the Architectural Review District are reviewed by the Granville Planning Commission. The Planning Commission meets twice-a-month in order to expedite the review process. Generally, if your property is located outside the Architectural Review Overlay District, the Planning and Zoning Staff will review the application and render a decision.
The state of Ohio recently adopted a new set of building code regulations, entitled the "Residential Code of Ohio", that apply to single family, two-family, and three-family dwelling units. While zoning permits for the construction and alteration of dwelling units are issued by the Village, building permits are issued on behalf of the Village by the Licking County Building Department.