The Enforcement Division, a division of the Westerville Planning & Development Department, is responsible for enforcement of several city codes and ordinances including the Zoning Ordinance, the Property Maintenance Code, the Grass and Weed Code, the Nuisance Control Ordinance and other codes. The Enforcement Division may be contacted at 901-6664 or Bryan.Wagner@Westerville.org.
Here are a few tips that can lead to greater compliance with city code and fewer potential complaints from neighbors.
The best advice is to call the Building Department at (614) 901-6650 before beginning ANY home construction project, including (but is not limited to) decks, pools, garages, antennas, patios and patio covers, and room additions. There are many issues to be considered, including setbacks, easements, lot coverage, utility locations and deed restrictions. If a contractor is being trusted to handle the permit process, the homeowner 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. Lots of time, effort and money could be wasted.
Homeowners with questions about enforcement regarding their home or a nearby property can call (614) 901-6664; for building code or related matters, call (614) 901-6650. Also, keep in mind that your homeowner association may have additional restrictions over and above city code.
Excessive Trash or Debris:
If you observe excessive trash or debris in your neighborhood, it may be in violation of city code. Call (614) 901-6664 to situation, and staff will investigate the circumstances.
In 2004, City Council adopted amendments to the residential parking regulations to restrict the parking of recreational vehicles (RV). City Code now reads that RVs (e.g., boats, campers) must be parked behind the front building line (setback) and be on a paved/hard surface. There is allowance for loading and unloading (e.g., for weekend trips) not to exceed a certain amount of time. If you have questions about these limitations, call (614) 901-6664.
Anyone who wants to erect a fence must first obtain permission from the Department of Planning and Development. This can be done by calling (614) 901-6662 or bringing in a plot plan to the Planning & Development Department, 64 E. Walnut Street. While this may seem like an unnecessary step, height, placement and some subdivision deed restrictions make it necessary. The good news is that there is no fee.
The maximum allowable height for grass and/or weeds in Westerville is eight (8) inches, reduced from twelve (12) inches in 2006. This limitation is enforced only between April and October.
Garage Sales: No zoning permits are required to conduct garage sales. The only garage sale stipulations are that only two garage sales per year are allowed per home, and they cannot last more than three days at a time.
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