Building & Zoning Department

Building, Zoning & Historic PreservatioNBuilding and Zoning Permits are issued by the Village of Glendale, through the Village Office at 30 Village Square.

The Village Administrator is responsible for zoning code review for all building projects in the Village. Click here to view the Village of Glendale Zoning Code. If you have specific questions about a project you’re considering, please contact Administrative Assistant David Lumsden by email at dlumsden@glendaleohio.org or by phone at (513) 771-7200. Village staff is happy to assist you in planning and obtaining the necessary permits for your project.

The Village operates its own Building Department. Every year, the Village issues over 100 building permits for projects from re-roofs to complete remodels and additions. The Building Commissioner, Dan Bly, is a registered architect and performs plan reviews and issues permits. Darren Mills performs building inspection services for permits issued by the Village.

If your project requires an electrical permit, those are obtained through Inspection Bureau Incorporated.  They can be reached at (513) 381-6080. If you need a plumbing permit, please contact Hamilton County Public Health Department Division of Plumbing Inspections at (513) 946-7854.

Exterior building and remodeling projects at properties within the Village of Glendale Historic District are required to undergo an Appropriateness Review before the Glendale Planning & Historic Preservation Commission (also known as Planning Commission). Click here for more information on Historic Preservation and Planning Commission.

Once you're ready to apply, please use the links below to download a copy of our building permit application form.
memo Building Permit Application
memo Building Permit Application (w/ HVAC)
Village of Glendale Zoning MapSee below for a zoning map of the Village of Glendale. Click the image for a larger version. The yellow area indicates the area covered by the Glendale Local Historic District.
Glendale Zoning Map
Steps from Permit to InspectionObtaining a building permit may seem daunting, but Village staff wants to make sure the process goes smoothly so you can get your project completed.

First, submit your application for a building permit and plans to the Village Office at 30 Village Square. 3 paper copies of your plans are required.

Once submitted, the Village Administrator will perform a zoning review to ensure the project conforms with the Village Zoning Code. For specific questions about your project, please reach out directly to the Village office and someone will be happy to assist you.

Following zoning review and approval and assuming you do not live within the Historic District, your application is forwarded to our Building Department for plan review and approval. A permit is issued and a permit fee is calculated based on the type of project. The permit fee is due when the permit is collected. Once your project is complete, contact Darren Mills, Village Building Inspector, at the number written on the permit to schedule your building inspection.

Please review the list below for more information on what kinds of projects require a permit. Typically, repair work does not require a permit.

Projects that typically require a building permit:
  • Accessory Structures (> 150 sq. ft or installed on a concrete pad)
  • Additions
  • Decks
  • Driveway Replacement
  • Electrical
  • Fences (add/repl.)
  • Gutter Repl. (change)
  • Gutter Repl. (same)
  • HVAC
  • Interior Remodeling
  • New Homes
  • Pavers, terraces
  • Plumbing
  • Pools (In or above ground)
  • Retaining Walls
  • Roof Replacement
  • Shutters (add or remove)
  • Siding
  • Signs (Commercial)
  • Window Replacement
Historic Preservation & Planning CommissionThe Glendale Historic District was established in 1977 when the Village’s Historic District received National Historic Landmark status from the National Park Service. The Glendale Historic District includes some of the oldest and most architecturally significant homes in the Village. Several years after National Historic Landmark status was granted, the Village established a local historic district along the same boundaries and became a Certified Local Government for historic preservation.  

Click here for more information about the Glendale Planning and Historic Preservation Commission.

As part of the Village’s dedication to preservation, the Glendale Planning & Historic Preservation Commission (also known as Planning Commission) is responsible for enforcing the Village’s Historic Preservation Guidelines. Click here to see the Historic Preservation Guidelines. These guidelines provide detailed considerations for a wide variety of home improvement projects.

The primary responsibility of the Planning Commission is the enforcement of these guidelines through Appropriateness Reviews for projects within the Historic District. These reviews are required for nearly all building permit applications for exterior renovation and construction projects. The only exceptions are provided for projects which replace “like and same”, meaning there is not a change in material or architecture. The Village Administrator determines if a project application meets this condition. 

A list of typical projects that require Glendale Planning and Historic Preservation Commission review:
  • Accessory Structures ( > 150 sq. ft.)
  • Additions
  • Decks
  • Driveway Replacement
  • Fences (add/repl.)
  • Gutter Repl. (change)
  • New Homes
  • Pavers, terraces
  • Pools (In or above ground)
  • Retaining Walls
  • Roof Replacement (if material changes)
  • Shutters (add or remove)
  • Siding
  • Signs (Commercial)
  • Window Replacement
Planning Commission regularly meets every month, on the first Monday of the month, prior to the Village Council meeting. The meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. at 80 E. Sharon Road, Glendale, Ohio 45246. Please check the Village calendar for specific dates.  If you are applying for a building permit within the Historic District, you or someone familiar with the project is required to attend the Planning Commission meeting. All applications are due no later than one week prior to the scheduled meeting date.

Conditional UsesUnder the Village of Glendale Zoning Code, certain uses are considered “conditional uses”, meaning they require both Planning Commission and Council approval prior to a building permit being issued. One common conditional use in residential districts is a swimming pool, above- or below-ground. If you are planning to install a pool, be sure to contact the Village Iffice first, so we may guide you through the conditional use process.