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Airport Zoning

Regulations restricting the height of structures and objects of natural growth within the hazard area of the Ross County Airport; creating various zones; defining certain terms used; referring to the Ross County Airport Zoning Map, which is made a part hereof; providing for enforcement and imposing penalties; and establishing a Ross County Airport Zoning Board of Appeals.

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Building Permits

Multi-family (4 units or more), commercial construction projects, and Manufactured Homes will require a building permit. These permits are issued by the Ross County Building Department, which administers the Ohio Building Code (OBC) in unincorporated portions of Ross County. The OBC addresses new construction, alterations, and changes in use on projects not involving new single-family residential dwellings. The Ross County Building Department also handles permits in Pike County, and the Village of Waverly.

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Grants

The Planning Department administers various state and federal grants on behalf of the Ross County Board of Commissioners. The Community Housing Impact and Preservation Program (CHIP) aids low-to-moderate income homeowners with home repairs and home rehabilitation. The CDBG Community Development Program provides federal funds for infrastructure improvements, housing, and economic development projects that benefit primarily low-to-moderate income households.

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Community Data

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Floodplain Management

If you are planning a project near a watercourse, you must check with the Ross County Floodplain Administrator before proceeding.  Doing this is important, since it may affect your ability to get other permits, financing, insurance, etc.  Federal law requires that Ross County carefully monitor and control development in floodplains.

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House Numbering

House numbers in Ross County are determined by the location of your driveway and its relation to the nearest driveway or crossroad from which you can measure to your new driveway, and are obtained thru the Ross County Building Dept. If you are constructing a new driveway on a township or county road, you must contact our department for an access permit.  Permits for driveways along US and state highways are issued by ODOT, then once approved, our department will issue the new address.

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Subdivisions / Lot Splits

Planning Department staff administers the Ross County Subdivision Regulations on behalf of the Ross County Planning Commission. If you plan to divide your property please contact the Planning Department with any questions. Please download this form for guidance (Lot Split At A Glance).

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