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4175 Alum Creek Drive
Obetz, Ohio 43207
Obetz is a thriving community nestled in the heart of Central Ohio. Our abundant development opportunities, centralized location, wide range of housing and job opportunities, and excellent amenities make Obetz a premier community in which to live, work, and play.
The Obetz Council is made up of six elected officials who are elected at-large (without any particular district) and serving staggered four-year terms under the rules of the Charter of the Village of Obetz. Council meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers at 4175 Alum Creek Drive to review and pass legislation and hear concerns from the residents. If the meeting date occurs on a holiday, the regular meeting is held on the next Tuesday following the holiday. All Council meetings are open to the public and we encourage you to attend. You may visit each Council member's individual page by clicking on their pictures below.
Council is divied into five committees – Recreation and Health, Finance, Legislation, Public Utilities, and Safety and Streets. The Committees explore, discuss, and provide input to Council on issues related to the Committee's focus. When called by a Council member or the Mayor, Council Committee meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 6:00 P.M. at the Government Center and are open to the public.
2013 Committee Assignments
Recreation and Health
Louise Crabtree – Chair
James Wiley – Chair
John Souders – Chair
All of Council
Safety and Streets
Jim Triplett – Chair
In addition to the Council Committees, Council selects an individual to serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission. Bonnie Wiley is the current Council designee to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Council and the Mayor encourage your input on proposed legislation. If you would like to comment on the pending legislation, please submit your comments to Stacey Boumis, Clerk of Council, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ms. Boumis will forward your comments to Council and the Mayor.
The Codified Ordinances are a compilation of the laws of the Village. Each year the Codified Ordinances are updated to reflect new ordinances adopted by Council during the year. The online version of the Codified Ordinances also includes the Village Charter which outlines how the Village operates—much like the Constitution of the United State does for our country.
To access the Codified Ordinances, click here .
Obetz is led by Mayor D. Greg Scott. Mayor Scott is chiefly responsible for ensuring that the laws and ordinances of the Village are enforced and serves as the head of the Executive branch of the Obetz Government. Mayor Scott also serves as the Chief law enforcement officer of the Village. Additionally, the Mayor is the president of Council and presides over all regular and special meetings; but, does not vote except in the case of a tie.
The Mayor is also ultimately responsible for the general supervision of the employees and departments within the Village. The position of Mayor is a part-time position and the day-to day Village operations are the responsibility of the Village Administrator E. Rod Davisson, Esq.
You may reach Mayor Scott at (614) 491-1080 or by email .
The Building Department ensures that buildings and houses comply with state and local building codes. The Building Department reviews both commercial and residential construction applications. Building permit applications may be submitted to the Building Department Monday through Friday from 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Four copies of the plans are required for the Building Department's review. The Building Department is located at 4175 Alum Creek Drive. Leonard Lewis, the Chief Building Official, may be reached at 614-491-1080 or email .
Scheduling an Inspection
To schedule all building inspections with the exception of plumbing, call 614-409-4425 , ext. 435 . Please allow 48 hours for all inspections.
Plumbing inspections are performed by the Franklin County Board of Health. To schedule a plumbing inspection call 614-525-3160 . When calling for any inspection please provide your permit number, job site address, and the time and date when you need an inspection. When the inspector gets to the job site, the permit card and a copy of the approved plans must be available.
All building trade contractors and subcontractors are required to obtain a Contractor's Registration prior to commencing work in Obetz. There is no fee to register.
Download the contractor registration form here.
Obetz works hard to ensure that our community looks like a place in which we can be proud to live and work. Effective building and zoning compliance requires the assistance of residents and businesses in both adhering to the regulations of the Village and reporting violations. The information that residents provide is kept confidential to the extent permitted by law. If you have a complaint, you are not required to provide your name unless you would like a request a follow-up call. Complaints may be lodged by phone weekdays, 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. at 614-409-4404 . Complaints may also be submitted to Tim Ross in person at the Government Center, 4175 Alum Creek Drive, or emailed to Code Enforcement.
Here are a few tips that can lead to greater compliance with Village codes and fewer complaints from neighbors.
Home Construction: The best advice is to call the Building Department at 409-4407 before beginning ANY home construction project, including, but not limited to, decks, pools, garages, and three-season rooms. There are many issues to be considered, including setbacks, easements, lot coverage, utility locations, and deed restrictions. If you trust a contractor to handle the permit process, you should make sure to keep a copy of all applicable permits before the work starts. While most contractors understand and comply with the process, some do not, and the homeowner is ultimately responsible for any work that has been completed.
A Zoning Permit, “Certificate of Zoning Compliance”, is required before the construction, conversion, enlargement, alteration, or reconstruction of buildings or structures including fences, sheds, detached garages, hot tubs; and, swimming pools that are 24 inches or more in depth. The purpose of the Zoning Compliance permit is to ensure improvements comply with the zoning code. If you have additional zoning questions, please contact Stacey Boumis, AICP, Community Services Director, at 614-491-1080 or send an email.
Excessive Trash or Debris: You should not allow trash or debris to accumulate on your property.
Storage Of Construction Materials: In any residential district, the storage of construction materials on any lot shall be limited to the quantity of material required for the construction, renovation, or enlargement of the dwelling unit or units proposed for that lot, provided the plans for such dwelling unit or units have been previously reviewed by the Zoning Inspector and approved by the Building Department.
Unlicensed or Inoperable Vehicles: Unlicensed or inoperable motor vehicles and equipment including inoperable, disabled, obsolete, parts-vehicles, and/or incomplete contractor equipment, construction equipment, or farming equipment cannot be stored on the property unless in an enclosed structure. No vehicle shall at any time be in a state of major disassembly, disrepair, or in the process of being stripped or dismantled unless such activities are in an enclosed structure. A motor vehicle shall be deemed inoperable when any of the following conditions exist:
- One or more wheels are missing,
- One or more tires are missing;
- Two or more tires are flat;
- One or more windows are missing or broken;
- The windshield is shattered or missing;
- Parts necessary for the operation of the vehicle are missing;
- A license with a distinctive number and valid for the current year is not displayed thereon; or
- The vehicle is incapable of being propelled under its own power.
Parking on Grass: Parking on grass is prohibited.
Recreational Vehicles (including Boats): Recreational vehicles must be parked behind the front building line (setback) and be on a paved/hard surface. The codes further limit the number of boats and/or utility trailers that can be stored to one.
Vehicle Sales: Except for the casual sale of vehicles in accordance with the following provisions, the sale of used or previously owned vehicles, including but not limited to automobiles, trucks, trailers, recreational and camping vehicles, motorcycles, all terrain vehicles, and snowmobiles, is not allowed, except in conjunction with dealerships for the sale of new vehicles where the used vehicles are located on the same site as the new vehicle dealerships, and the number of new vehicles on the lot is greater than or equal to the number of used vehicles. The casual sale of a used vehicle is permitted, provided the vehicle for sale must belong to either the property owner or tenant where the vehicle is placed for sale. No more than one vehicle may be sold on the parcel at any one time. Casual sale of such vehicles is restricted to residential districts.
Grass/Weeds: The maximum allowable height for grass and/or weeds in Obetz is six (6) inches.
Yard/Garage Sales: An approved permit for each address must be obtained from the Village Administrator or his designee at least 3 days before the sale is to take place. This permit shall be free of charge and shall expire within 30 days. Once a permit is received, the sale shall be permitted at the location listed on the permit for up to 3 consecutive days. Not more than 2 such sales at the same location will be permitted in any calendar year and only 1 sale during any month is permitted. Sales are permitted between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Sales are limited to residences. Set up and tear down for the sale is included in the 3 days. Items for sale may not be displayed before the sale time allowed. Set up in a building such as a garage is allowed and is not included as part of the 3 days so long as the set up is not open to the public, no sales are made before the dates set forth in the permit, and the set up is not visible from outside the closed area. Download a yard sale permit .
Swimming Pools, Spas, and Hot Tubs: No person shall locate, construct, install, make, change, maintain, or use a private swimming pool unless the pool or the premises upon which it is located is enclosed by a fence or other boundaries not less than sixty inches (60”) in height, measure from the ground level, so constructed and of such strength that children are unable to pass through. Any entrance or exit gate in such fence shall be equipped with a spring latching type lock or catch and shall automatically close by spring action to the locked or latched position or shall be equipped with a lock requiring a key or the working of a combination to open and be kept securely locked at all times.
No swimming pool shall be located in any front yard on any lot or between any street and any required building line. A swimming pool may be located in part of the rear yard behind a residence as an additional authorized accessory use. No swimming pool shall be located closer than ten feet to any property line.
Swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition, and in good repair. All swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs that do not contain water must be covered at all times. All swimming pools must be covered between the months of November through April except for routine maintenance. All hot tubs and spas must be covered when not in use.
Contact Economic Development Director E. Rod Davisson, Esq. at 614.409.4403 or email if you have questions.
The Village of Obetz is strategically located along Interstate 270, which provides access to Interstates 70 and 71, as well as US Routes 23 and 33. Alum Creek Drive provides direct access to the Rickenbacker International Airport , a major cargo hub in central Ohio. Convenient passenger transportation is also readily available at Port Columbus International Airport .
Obetz actively supports the expansion of existing businesses and aggressively pursues the addition of new business ventures. Obetz offers a set of local programs and provides assistance to companies seeking state incentives.
In addition to the programs listed below, Obetz offers a variety customized incentive programs tailored specifically for particular projects. We will work with your company to make Obetz your new home.
Community Reinvestment Area Program:
Obetz' Community Reinvestment Area program is an economic development tool that provides real property tax exemptions for property owners who renovate existing or construct new buildings. The program is delineated into two distinct categories, those created prior to July 1994 (“pre-1994″) and those created after. This program offers eligible companies abatement on new real estate property taxes for up to 15 years at a 100% exemption.
Tax Increment Financing Districts:
Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is an economic development mechanism employed by Obetz to finance public infrastructure improvements and, in certain circumstances, residential rehabilitation. A TIF works by locking in the taxable worth of real property at the value it holds at the time the authorizing legislation was approved. Payments derived from the increased assessed value of any improvement to real property beyond that amount are directed towards a separate fund to finance the construction of public infrastructure defined within the TIF legislation.
Municipal Utility Services:
The Village of Obetz is one of the few municipalities in the state of Ohio that operates its own water, electric, and gas utility systems. As a result, Obetz is able to offer extremely competitive utility rates.
Obetz treats employees that work in Obetz the same as residents when it comes to special access and low fees for the use of Village Facilities such as the Obetz Athletic Club and Obetz Conference Center.
The State of Ohio offers a variety of tax incentive programs. For more information on state programs visit the Ohio Department of Development's web site .