What steps should I take when making improvements on my property?
Your property is an important investment and improvements add value for you and affect the look of your neighborhood. Because outdoor changes to your property - fences, decks, sheds, swimming pools, small water features, etc. - can affect your neighbors, property owners are typically required to seek a permit. More information.
Whenever digging on your property, law requires that property owners call the Ohio Utilities Protection Service (OUPS) at 8-1-1 or (800) 362-2764. It is required that at least 48 hours notice, but no more than 10 days, be given so underground utilities can be marked. There is also an online notification process with OUPS.
What type of signage requires a permit?
New business signage and re-facing an existing business sign require a permit. Advertising signs such as those promoting sales, hiring, grand openings, etc. require a temporary signage permit. Construction signs also require a permit. More information about sign permits can be found here.
What types of residential projects require a permit?
Property owners must apply for a permit before they build or replace a fence, deck, shed, home addition, basement finishes, and etc. The permitting process is simple and helps ensure the homeowner’s or contractor’s work meets building standards and codes. It is best to call Community Development staff if uncertain, (513) 777-4214.
How many sets of plans are needed to apply for a permit?
Each request requires a specific quantity of plans.
Do I need a permit for electrical, plumbing, or HVAC system?
The Butler County Building Department does require permits for these types of projects to protect the property owner and ensure work is completed correctly and safely. Please call (513) 887-3205.
Can I run a business from my home?
Home-based businesses do require a Zoning Permit. Please reference Guidelines for Permit Submissions.
What is required to obtain a Zoning Certificate?
An application must be submitted with the required number of site plans and construction drawings. Turnaround time is approximately three business days.
What can I do about a neighbor who is draining water onto my property?
There are no township or county regulations that govern drainage issues. Drainage problems between neighbors are generally considered a civil issue. If a public drainage easement is involved in this dispute, please contact your Homeowners Association (if applicable) or the Butler County Engineer’s Office at (513) 867-5744.
For all other drainage disputes, the Butler Soil and Water Conservation District offers free technical assistance for property owners regarding storm drainage improvements and / or maintenance. Please keep in mind, the Soil and Water Conservation district can provide guidance only; they are not a regulatory agency. Their number is (513) 887-3720.