Doing Business In Avon
Doing Business In Avon
Welcome to Avon’s growing business community! The City of Avon’s Planning, Zoning and Building Departments are here to help you every step of the way. We’ve included everything you’ll need to know about starting a business, relocating to Avon and expanding your business. Below are links to important information from the State of Ohio and City of Avon department pages to help with this process.
State of Ohio:
- Ohio Secretary of State – How to Start a Business
- Ohio Secretary of State - Filing Forms & Fee Schedule
City of Avon
Before a business may begin operations in the City of Avon, a Business Registration Form 48 must be completed and returned to the Regional Income Tax Agency or the Avon Finance Department. The Finance Department can also answer any questions regarding business registration and local income tax. They may be reached at 440-937-7806.
The Planning Department is committed to enhancing the landscape of the City. The department is responsible for processing, reviewing and evaluating all applications for new development, as well as the expansion of existing facilities within the City. The review process ensures that the development proposals adhere to City regulations and meet sound planning principles while enhancing the footprint of today.
The Planning Department is also responsible for long-range and special project planning activities and provides service, guidance and technical assistance in the development of plans and regulations for the future growth of the City.
We will work with you to provide insight and guidance through every step of the process to ensure a seamless transition from concept to development.
- General / Final Development Plans
- Residential Subdivisions - Preliminary / Final Plats
- Lot Splits / Consolidations
- Special Use Permits
- Zoning Changes
The Planning Commission applications, meeting schedule and fee schedule can be found on the Planning Department page.
Zoning is the regulation of the use, location, height, number and size of land, buildings or structures within a specified zone or area of the community. Its purpose is to protect property values and preserve the desired character of the community, while providing for orderly growth and uniform development. Since any zoning is a restriction on the unlimited use of land by the owner, it must be reasonable and/or protect public health and safety.
The Zoning Code regulates the types of activities that may occur within specific geographic areas of the city. By extension, zoning laws determine the placement of structures on a given site. While there are subcategories, land uses can be grouped under three general categories: residential, commercial and industrial.
The Zoning Permit applications and other helpful information can be found on the Zoning Department page.
Planning and Zoning Code
The Avon Codified Ordinance chapters below are the most used for development project review and approval and are available online for easy reference. Please contact the Planning Coordinator, Pam Fechter, before applying for development plan approval to help ensure all requirements are met prior to submission to help ensure a smooth approval process.
Chapter 1228 – Administrative Procedures for Development Plan Review
Chapter 1230 – Procedures for Special Use Permits
Chapter 1244 – Subdivision Platting Procedures
Chapter 1262 – Single Family (R-1) and Two-Family (R-2) Residential District Regulations
Chapter 1264 – Multi-Family (R-3) Residential District Regulations
Chapter 1270 – Business District Regulations (C-1, C-2, C-3 & C-4)
Chapter 1274 – Office District Regulations (O-1, O-2)
Chapter 1278 – Industrial District Regulations (M-1, M-2)
Chapter 1280 – Special Use Permit Regulations
The Building Department gives assistance and direction in the enforcement of the Ohio Building Code and the City’s regulations. The permit and inspection processes are designed to aid and assist in safe and proper construction. Proper planning and inspection can help assure owners, builders and investors that any work being performed meets the standards of the Ohio Building Code insuring quality construction.
The Building Department is certified by the Department of Commerce Board of Building Standards. The Building Department staff assist in the permitting process, issue contractor registrations, perform inspections and are available to answer questions in regards to the City’s requirements related to construction. All projects of construction, alterations and relocations of businesses in commercial, industrial and residential areas fall under the authority of the Building Department.
The Non-Residential Plan Approval Application, Contractor Registration form and other useful information is available on the Building Department page.
Teamwork builds a better, safer City of Avon’s future for all to enjoy, grow and prosper.