Enforcement and Penalty
1107.01   Zoning certificates required.
1107.02   Application for zoning certificate.
1107.03   Conditional zoning certificates.
1107.04   Issuance of zoning certificates.
1107.05   Expiration of the certificate.
1107.06   Certificate of occupancy.
1107.07   Maintenance of records.
1107.08   Schedule of fees, charges and expenses.
1107.09   Financial guarantees.
1107.10   Violations.
1107.11   Penalties.
      Powers and duties of Commission - see CHTR. 14.03
      Violations of zoning ordinances - see Ohio R.C. 713.13
      Conditional zoning certificate - see P. & Z. Ch. 1153
      Certificates of nonconforming use - see P. & Z. 1157.02(h)
      Sign regulation - see P. & Z. Ch. 1159
      Building permit and fees - see BLDG. Ch. 1305
   (a)    Before constructing, changing the use of, altering or moving any structure; changing the use of any land, application shall be made to the Zoning Inspector for a zoning certificate which shall be affixed to or made part of the building permit.
   (b)    Zoning permits shall be issued only in conformity with the provisions of this Zoning Ordinance, unless the Zoning Inspector receives a written order from the Board of Appeals deciding an appeal or variance.
(Ord. 1989-51. Passed 8-28-39.)
   Applications for zoning certificates shall be submitted to the Zoning Inspector, and must be completed in full and accompanied by the appropriate fee as specified by Section 1107.08.
   Such application shall include the following information:
   (a)    Name, address and phone number of the applicant;
   (b)   Legal description of the property;
   (c)    Zoning district;
   (d)    Relative location of any and all nearby public and private streets;
   (e)    The existing use and intended use of the lot;
   (f)    A plan drawn to scale showing dimensions of the lot;
   (g)    Required front, rear, side yard area, open space, and parking;
   (h)    Proposed number of dwelling units, occupants, employees, bedrooms;
   (i)    Location and dimensions of structure to be erected or used;
   (j)    Such other information as may be necessary to determine conformance with and provide for the enforcement of this Zoning Ordinance.
      (Ord. 1989-51. Passed 8-28-89.)
   If the application is for a conditional zoning certificate, the application procedure provided for in Section 1153.02 shall be followed.
(Ord. 1989-51. Passed 8-28-89.)
   Zoning certificate shall be issued by the Zoning Inspector under the following conditions:
   (a)    Within ten working days after receipt of the completed application with payment of fees, the Zoning Inspector shall issue a zoning certificate if the application meets the requirements of this Zoning Ordinance. If denied, the Zoning Inspector shall give written notice of denial and state reasons for denial including sections of the Zoning Ordinance that applicant does not comply with.
   (b)    Upon approval of conditional uses by the Planning Commission as regulated in Chapter 1153.
   (c)    Upon approval of a variance or appeal by the Board of Zoning and Building Appeals.
   (d)    Upon approval of site plan for those uses requiring site plan review as regulated by Chapter 1152.
   (e)    Once the Planning and Zoning Commission has authorized issuance of a zoning certificate, the Zoning Inspector shall issue the zoning certificate within ten days of such authorization.
   The Zoning Inspector shall issue a placard to be posted in a conspicuous place on the property for which a zoning certificate is issued, attesting to the fact that the use or alteration is in conformance with the provisions of this Zoning Ordinance. (Ord. 1989-51. Passed 8-28-89.)
   (a)    The zoning certificate shall become void if no construction has begun or use changed within one year of the date of issuance of the certificate.
   (b)    If the project in the zoning certificate application has not been completed within two years of the date of issuance, the certificate shall be revoked by the Zoning Inspector, and written notice shall be given to the persons affected, with notice that further work, described on the cancelled certificate shall not proceed unless and until a new zoning certificate has been obtained.
(Ord. 1989-51. Passed 8-28-89.)
   (a)    No building or part of a building and no lot or part of a lot may be occupied or used until the property owner has received a certificate of occupancy. A certificate of occupancy may not be issued until a zoning certificate has been issued and all work pursuant to building permits and other applicable certificates and permits has been properly completed. The purpose of a certificate of occupancy is to document a property owner's compliance to all applicable codes, certificates and permits.
   (b)    The Zoning Inspector may issue temporary certificates of occupancy during alterations for periods not to exceed six months.
(Ord. 1989-51. Passed 8-28-89.)
   The Zoning Inspector shall maintain in the City offices:
   (a)    Permanent records of all applications, fees, bonds, certificates, plans, meeting notices, hearings, special studies, amendments and other activities and actions conducted in the administration and enforcement of this Zoning Ordinance;
   (b)    A list of nonconforming uses;
   (c)    An original or master copy of the Zoning Ordinance, maintained current with amendments;
   (d)    An original or master of the Zoning District Map, maintained current with amendments. The boundary lines of each zoning district change shall be described and kept in the office records. (Ord. 1989-51. Passed 8-28-89.)
   (EDITOR'S NOTE:  See Part One, Title Five, Chapter 149, Section 149.11 of the Codified Ordinances.)
   Financial guarantees required by this Zoning Ordinance shall be deposited with the Finance Director of the City and shall be returned to the applicant only after a certificate of occupancy is issued to the applicant.
(Ord. 1989-51. Passed 8-28-89.)
   1107.10 VIOLATIONS.
   (a)    No person shall move, locate, erect, construct, reconstruct, enlarge, change, raze, maintain or use any building, or use any land in violation of any provision of this Zoning Ordinance or amendments thereto.
   (b)    Whenever a violation of this Zoning Ordinance occurs, or is alleged to have occurred, any person may file a written complaint. Such complaint shall be filed with the Zoning Inspector and shall state the causes and basis of the complaint. The Zoning Inspector shall record such complaint, investigate and take action as provided for violations of this Zoning Ordinance within thirty days from date of receipt of the complaint.
   (c)    Any person found to be violating the provisions of this ordinance shall be notified in writing by certified mail and given thirty days from the date of issuance to correct the violation(s). If the violation is not corrected within thirty days of the date of the property owner's receipt of the notice as indicated on the return mail certificate, then Council, the Mayor, the Law Director, the Service Director, the Zoning Inspector or any property owner especially damaged by the violation may institute any remedy provided by law.
(Ord. 1989-51. Passed 8-28-89.)
   1107.11  PENALTIES.
   (a)    Whoever violates any provision of this Zoning Ordinance or any amendments thereto shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars ($100.00). Each day of continuation of a violation of this Zoning Ordinance or amendment thereto shall be deemed a separate offense.
   (b)    If there is a conviction on a violation, the violator shall be responsible for payment for all legal, professional and other expenses of the City in the case.
(Ord. 1989-51. Passed 8-28-89.)