Exterior Property Maintenance Code (latest update)

  • For livability
  • For property values
  • For good neighbor relations
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Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of issues are addressed by the Code?

  • Overgrown grass, weeds and noxious vegetation
  • Structural soundness and appearance of building exteriors
  • Exposed junk, trash and rubbish
  • Junk vehicles
  • Conditions that are hazardous and/or cause a “blighting effect”

How are possible code violations detected?

  • Observations or complaints reported by the public
  • Observations made by Code Enforcement staff
  • Reports from other public agencies

How can a possible code violation be reported?

What methods of Code Enforcement are used by the Township?

  • Courtesy Advisory – observational, non-binding, no deadline
  • Warning Citation – seeks voluntary compliance by a certain date
  • Notice of Violation – requires response and compliance by deadline, appealable
  • Referral for prosecution – only by vote of Township Trustees, following due process and non-compliance

Does the Code apply to both residential and commercial properties?

  • Yes.

Does the Code apply to issues inside houses or buildings?

How does the Code apply to trees?

  • Where a dead or dying tree clearly based on one property poses a safety hazard to an adjacent property, code enforcement may approach the tree’s owner to abate the hazard.  When hazardous trees are based indeterminably near an unmarked property line, code enforcement tries to bring neighbors together to pursue a shared solution.  More information on tree law in the State of Ohio here, courtesy of The Columbus Dispatch.

Does Sharon Township issue Building Permits or have it own Zoning Resolution?

How can I keep my property Code-compliant?

  • Keep grass mowed, good vegetation trimmed and building exteriors in good repair and finish.
  • Avoid exposed accumulations of waste and rubbish and have trash receptacles at the curb only on collection day.
  • Junk vehicles = blight and possible violation. Best not to have any.
  • Prevent unhealthy and unsafe conditions from developing on your property.
  • Be sensitive to the effect your property’s appearance has on its value and on that of others.