Building & Zoning Frequently Asked Questions
What is a permit?
A permit is a license that allows you or a contractor to perform work on your house or building. It is issued to the owner or the owner’s agent, such as the contractor, sub-contractor or other person responsible for the work being done, and it identifies the required inspections. Permitting requirements are governed by City ordinances, zoning regulations, and various state building code requirements. Some work may not require zoning or building permits but, nonetheless, must still comply with the applicable codes.
How do I get a permit?
For Online Permits:
For In-Person Permits:
It’s easy. Just stop by our office to fill out the correct application and submit it to the Department of Planning and Development Permit Counter along with any required drawings. Simple permits for those such as for a water heater or furnace replacement do not require any drawings. Applications and drawings are reviewed for completeness and conformance with codes. Applicants will be notified if any revisions are required. Also see our How Do I Get a Permit page for additional information.
How long does it take to receive a permit?
Simple permits that do not require drawings review are usually issued within a few days. Simple projects with few drawings that require minimal review are usually issued within two weeks depending on the volume of applications. Larger, more complex projects involving review by multiple departments may take several weeks.
How and when do I pay for a permit?
The fees are outlined in the Fee Schedule and are due when the permit is issued, not when you make application. You may pay by cash, check, Visa or MasterCard.
When can I start work?
After the permit is issued and fees are paid. Emergency repair/replacement (i.e., water heater, furnace) can proceed as long as the application is submitted immediately. Work started or performed without a permit is subject to a Stop Work Order and penalty fees.
Can demolition or construction begin without a permit?
NO! Only work that does not require a permit or emergency repairs may proceed. Work conducted without a required permit is subject to a Stop Work Order, Notice of Violation and Adjudication Order requiring removal of the work, double permit fees and/or other penalties prescribed by law.
How do I know what inspections are required?
The required inspections are listed on the permit. See Inspections for details.
How long is the permit valid, and when is it closed?
The permit is valid for six months from the time of issuance or the date of the last approved inspection, whichever is most recent. Expired permits require renewal or re-issuance with additional fees. The permit is closed when the final inspection is completed and the work is approved for compliance with the applicable codes. The inspectors will leave an inspection tag at each inspection indicating the results of the inspection. Multiple failed inspections will be subject re-inspection fees.
Property Maintenance Code Frequently Asked Questions
How do I report a potential property maintenance violation?
Or by Phone:
The City maintains a Property Maintenance Hotline that is accessible 24 hours every day. The phone number for this hotline is (937) 269-3286. During regular office hours, you can contact the Planning & Development Department at (937) 296-2441.
How long does it take to resolve a property maintenance complaint?
Each circumstance is different. When a notice of violation is issued, it must include a compliance deadline. If compliance is not achieved by that time, the inspector may take the next step, which may involve prosecution through the municipal court system.
What happens when a property owner does not comply with an order to address property maintenance violations?
The City tries to be somewhat flexible and work with people who are making a good faith attempt at addressing violations. On a case-by-case basis, compliance deadlines may be extended to accommodate those trying to address the violations. If a property owner fails to address the violations within the given timeframe, the owner will be prosecuted.
What can I do if I disagree with the inspector’s decision about violations occurring on my property?
Anyone who has received a notice of violation has the option to appeal that decision. The City has a Property Maintenance Appeals Board who will hear their case and decide if the argument presented is valid.
Can a City property maintenance inspector enter onto my property with or without my permission?
Code inspectors may enter privately-owned property when the owner gives their consent. An inspector may also conduct an inspection from a location where they are legally entitled to be such as the adjacent public sidewalk, streets and alleys. An inspector may enter onto private property to deliver notices or orders in connection to the enforcement of City regulations. Inspectors may not enter the interior of a property without the owner’s consent.
Where can I legally park my vehicles on my property?
Are there restrictions on the parking of recreational vehicles on residential property?
Yes. The regulations can be found in Section 1145.13 of the Kettering Zoning Code. Recreational vehicles may be parked on residential property under the following conditions:
Vehicles greater than 8 feet in height must be stored inside of a building.
Vehicles less than 8 feet :
Only in rear or side yards.
Taller than 6′ must be setback 6 feet from the property line.
Less than 6′ must be setback 3 feet from the property line
All vehicles shall be screened from view of neighboring property and all public rights-of-way by a continuous 8′ high evergreen hedge or a 6′ high privacy fence.
Vehicles 30 feet or longer are only permitted in a vehicle storage facility or indoor parking locations.
All vehicles permanently stored on the property must be parked on parking pads (paved/concreted surface).