Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions to help provide our community with the information you need. Just click on any of the titles below to view a list of questions and answers pertaining to each department. If you have a question and cannot find the answer here, please feel free to contact any of the departments below. You can find our contact information at the bottom of each section as well as on the About Delhi page of this website.
Planning & Zoning
- Residential projects including: new homes; home additions; deck and porches (if raised off of the ground); accessory structures (sheds, fences, garages) and swimming pools.
- Commercial projects including: new office, commercial and industrial buildings, additions to buildings, accessory structures and signs.
- Commercial changes including: anytime a new business or use occupies an existing building or building unit.
- Residential projects including: interior renovations that do not increase floor space or the number of dwelling units; flat work (including concrete/asphalt/paver patios, walks and driveways outside of the right-of-way); and walls less than 4-feet in height.
- Commercial projects including: interior renovations that do not increase floor space and/or do not increase required off-street parking.
You must complete and submit a completed Zoning Certificate Application along with all required supplemental information (listed on the application). The completed Zoning Certificate Application and materials must be submitted to the Department of Community Development Division of Planning/Zoning. Application can be obtained or at the Office of Community Development. If you have any questions, please contact of the Department of Community Development Division of Planning/Zoning at 513-922-2705.
Zoning Certificate Application fees vary depending on the type of work being undertaken or proposed. Please see the approved Township Fee Schedule to estimate your fees. Questions concerning fees should be directed to the Department of Community Development Division of Planning/Zoning at 513-922-2705.
In addition to the need for a township zoning permit, most improvements also require a building permit. To verify if your improvements require a building permit, please contact Hamilton County Building & Inspections at 513-946-4550
Rear yards: Fences shall not exceed six feet (6′) in height and may be solid or open in nature.
Side yards: Fences shall not exceed four feet (4′) in height, and not less than fifty percent (50%) open.
Front yards: Fences shall be used for decorative or accent purposes only and shall not confine or enclose the fron tyard. Fences shall not exceed four feet (4′) in height, and not less than seventy-five percent (75%) open. Please note that if your property is a corner lot, you have two front yards as any portion of your property along a street is considered a front yard.
Approved fence materials shall include stone, brick, wood, chain-link, aluminum, vinyl and iron. Synthetic products or other materials as approved by the Zoning Inspector may be used.
Fences shall be designed and installed with the most finished side out, away from the subject lot so the most finished side faces the adjacent lots and any right-of-way, or so that both sides are equally finished.
All fences shall be maintained in good repair, be structurally sound, and be attractively finished at all times.
No, the township does not have a property maintenance code, but the township has adopted nuisance regulations which require a limited amount of property maintenance. These regulations prohibit:
- Accumulation of debris including garbage, trash, junk and other discarded materials
- Inoperative motor vehicles which are wrecked, disassembled and/or unable to operate under their own power and have been in such condition for a period of thirty (30) or more days
- Excessive vegetation including grass and/or weeds in excess of 12” in height on a property one acre or less in size
Dangerous structures including any structure deemed to be dilapidated, unsafe and/or unsecured by the Hamilton County Building Department, the Township Fire Department and/or the Hamilton County Department of Public Health
The most common violations include:
- Construction improvements including: building additions, fences, sheds, decks, and detached garages, without first obtaining a Zoning Certificate
- Parking vehicles on unpaved surfaces (approved pavement materials include concrete, asphalt and pavers; gravel is not an approved pavement material)
- Recreational vehicles including: trailers, campers and boats being stored in front and/or side yards
- Excessive vegetation and debris on properties less than one acre in size
The township encourages residents to report any witnessed zoning and/or nuisance violations. You can report the violation by calling the Department of Community Development at (513) 922-2705 or you can use the township’s Action Line
When filing a complaint, it is your decision on whether or not you wish to remain anonymous. Due to the sensitive nature of some violations and public record laws the township must adhere too, if you file a complaint with your name as the complainant and there is a request for the information, all information related to the complaint (including your name) will need to be released, so please take that into consideration when you file your complaint on whether or not you wish to remain anonymous.
The township cannot resolve property line disputes as this is a civil matter. To best resolve the conflict, it is recommended that you have a survey done by a private, registered land surveyor.
Gregory J. DeLong – Director Tony Roach – Zoning Administrator
Jim Curee – Inspector Donna Wuebbling – Clerk
Department of Community Development
697 Neeb Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45233
Phone: (513) 922-2705 Fax: (513) 922-8767
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday (excluding holidays)