The Zoning Department, a division of the Public Works Department, enforces the zoning code and property maintenance code within the City of Norwalk. This office also issues residential and commercial property zoning permits while maintaining the GIS mapping and reviewing site plans.
What kind of work requires a zoning permit?
All commercial and residential exterior alterations and additions, excluding
siding, windows, and shingles, require permits.
|•||Awnings or marquees||•||New residential and industrial/commercial structures|
|•||Garages and garage additions||•||Signs|
|•||Home occupation||•||Swimming Pools|
See the Zoning Fee Schedule for more information on the cost of a permit. If you are unsure whether or not a permit is required, please contact the Zoning Office at 419-663-6783.
How do I obtain a zoning permit?
- Contact the Zoning Office at 419-663-6783 to discuss setbacks and regulations. The office, located on the second floor at City Hall, is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 pm.
- Complete the appropriate application. Applications can be obtained on this website or by accessing the City of Norwalk GIS map. Click on the appropriate parcel and complete the attached zoning permit. If the work will be contracted, a Construction Affidavit will also need to be completed and submitted with your application.
Residential permits and sign permits are issued upon review by the Zoning Officer, typically within one to two days of submittal unless
additional information or a variance is required.
The City does not have a Building Inspector. All electrical questions
should be directed to a certified electrician of your choosing.
New commercial or industrial permits require a site plan review. Review meetings are scheduled by the Zoning Officer and held on Tuesday mornings. Richland County actually issues commercial permits for the City of Norwalk.
Permit fees must be paid upon issuance of the permit.
An approved variance is required for anyone wishing to deviate from the zoning requirements of the Norwalk Codified Ordinances. A request for a variance must go before the Board of Zoning Appeals, which meets once monthly. The variance request fee is $50.
A conditional use refers to a use permitted within a zoning district other than a principally permitted use. A conditional use permit must be approved by the Board of Zoning Appeals, which meets once monthly. The conditional use permit request fee is $50.
A zoning violation occurs when a property does not meet the regulations as governed in the Zoning Ordinance. The most common zoning violations in the City are unregistered vehicles, exterior property and structure maintenance, and junk and other discarded materials. Property maintenance includes high grass and weeds and garbage/trash.
How do I report a zoning violation?
|•||Contact the Zoning Office at 419-663-6783|
|•||Visit the Zoning Office, located on the second floor at City Hall, 8 a.m. to 4:30 pm.|
|•||Follow this Action Line Link to report a violation.|
What happens after a violation is reported?
- The Zoning Officer will review the report and visit the site of the complaint
- If the Zoning Officer determines there is a violation, the officer will issue the proper Abatement Notice to the property owner.
- After a set amount of time, noted in the Abatement Notice, the site will be re-inspected for compliance.
- If the violation is not corrected at the time of re-inspection, legal action will be initiated.
Please realize that the abatement process takes time. Property owners must be legally notified, sufficient time for correcting violations must be provided, and extensions may be necessary. If you have made a complaint and wish to check on its status, please feel free to contact the Zoning Officer.
What is it?
The City of Norwalk GIS is an interactive mapping system that allows users to retrieve property information by turning layers on and off and by selecting features on the map. Information in this system includes, but is not limited to:
|•||Parcel information linked to the Huron County Auditor|
|•||Zoning district, zoning permit and development standards/setbacks|
|•||Wetland and floodplain location|
|•||Public buildings, including hours of operation and contact information|
|•||Sanitation pickup routes|
|•||Ward map and councilperson contact information|
Please feel free to contact the Zoning Officer if you need assistance navigating the GIS map.
DISCLAIMER The parcel information depicted on this map is for informational purposes and may not have been prepared for or be suitable for legal, engineering, or surveying purposes. It does not represent on-the-ground survey and represents only the approximate relative location of property boundaries.
38 Whittlesey, Norwalk, Ohio 44857
419-663-6783 ph 419-663-6788 fax
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Zoning Officer Mitch Loughton