Liberty Township Zoning
Liberty Township regulates building and land use in the unincorporated area, pursuant to authority in the Ohio Revised Code and the adoption of a zoning resolution ratified by voters in 1960 and subsequently amended from time to time. The purpose of zoning is to protect the health, safety and welfare of township residents while providing for the orderly development of the township.
The Resolution requires that landowners in the unincorporated area of the township secure permits before building commercial structures and houses and additions thereto, including rooms, decks and porches, and other structures, including outbuildings, such as barns and garages; swimming pools; signs; and fences. Violations may subject the violator to fines of one hundred dollars per day for each separate offense. Agriculture is generally exempt from zoning as a matter of law.
The Zoning Office issues permits for structures and uses that conform to the Zoning Resolution and enforces the Resolution. Permits for structures and uses that do not conform to the Zoning Resolution can be issued pursuant to an order from the Board of Zoning Appeals. Permits for structures on parcels of property that abut state highways may also require approval from the Ohio Department of Transportation.
The Commission prepares the Zoning Resolution and schedules and holds public hearings on:
Upon completion of the public hearing process, the Zoning Commission considers the evidence presented, together with recommendations of the Fairfield County Regional Planning Commission, and makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees concerning planned unit developments, changes in the text of the Zoning Resolution and re-zoning matters. The Board of Trustees conducts a public hearing and may approve, approve with modification, or reject the recommendation of the Zoning Commission. Decisions of the board are subject to a 30-day referendum period. The Zoning Commission consists of five members, plus an alternate.
Cathy Smith (12-31-18)
Todd Liston (12-31-19)
Rick May (12-31-20)
Shane Hamilton, Alternate (12-31-18)
Board of Zoning Appeals
The Board is a quasi-judicial body that holds hearings, deliberates and decides matters involving requests for variance from a strict interpretation of the Zoning Resolution, requests for conditional uses specified in the Zoning Resolution, and appeals of decisions by the zoning officers. Applicants have an opportunity to present testimony, evidence and witnesses and be represented by counsel. Decisions may involve approval, approval with conditions or limitations, or denials. Appeals of decisions of the Board of Zoning Appeals may be heard by the Court of Common Pleas. The Board of Zoning Appeals consists of five members, plus an alternate.
Tom Marsh (12-31-18)
David Stone (12-31-19)
Karl Kumler (12-31-21)
Jack Schafer (12-31-22)
Betsy Alt, Alternate (12-31-18)
ZONING INSPECTOR: Jim Anthony 740-503-5826 or 740-862-8832
MAILING ADDRESS: 10959 Heimberger Rd., Baltimore, OH 43105
Office Hours: Call for an Appointment
The Zoning Commission meets as needed on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at 2095 Reynoldsburg-Baltimore Rd., Baltimore OH 43105. The Board of Zoning Appeals meets on an irregular basis, as hearings are scheduled. Dates and times of public hearings and meetings of the Zoning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals can be found on the "Calendar and Events" page. Minutes of Zoning meetings are found on the "Meeting Minutes" page.
Zoning Permits and Agricultural Structures
Liberty Township requires a zoning permit for most construction on a parcel. Please contact the Liberty Township Zoning Inspector for questions or an appointment to obtain a zoning permit.
Commercial Building Permits - Fairfield County Building Department
6670 Lockville Road
Carroll, Ohio 43112
614-322-5202 or 740-652-7130
Residential Building Permits
Liberty Township currently does not have a building department. Questions about residential building standards may be directed to the Ohio Board of Building Standards, 6606 Tussing Rd., P.O. Box 4009, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. Telephone 614-644-2223.
Driveways / Dry Hydrants / House Numbers
Basil Joint Fire Department works with land owners on establishment of dry hydrants on ponds. Makes available light-reflecting house numbers for mail boxes for a small fee to enable emergency responders to quickly find the house. (House numbers are assigned by the County Engineer’s Office, which also issues mailbox permits for addresses on county-maintained roads.)
410 Washington St.
Baltimore, Ohio 43105
Plumbing Permits, Registration, and Inspections – Residential and Commercial
Plumbing inspections are required for:
http://www.myfdh.org/Environmental_Division/Plumbing_Program_Permits.html has information on the plumbing program, requirements, and lists of licensed and bonded contractors approved for residential and commercial plumbing work.
Water and Septic or Sewer Systems
Zoning permit applications for houses, bedroom additions, and accessory buildings containing bathrooms require evidence of publicly provided water and sewer or plans approved by the Board of Health for water well and septic systems that are adequate to accommodate the new facilities. Plumbing inspections may be required. (See above.)
The Fairfield County Health Department has information on private wells and septic or sewer systems.
Fairfield County Health Department
1587 Granville Pike
Lancaster, Ohio 43130
740-652-2800 or 800-400-8056, Telephone
Fairfield County Utilities Department
6670 Lockville Road
Carroll, Ohio 43112
740-652-7120 or 614-322-5200, Telephone
Disclaimer of LiabilityLiberty Township makes every effort to review and post accurate information. This information is subject to change without notification and in no event will Liberty Township be held liable for damages, direct, consequential, incidental or special. Please contact Liberty Township at 740-862-6691 for questions or concerns. Thank you for visiting our website.