Code Compliance and Enforcement is responsible for ensuring compliance with a broad range of public health and safety regulations including zoning, health, parking, public nuisance, illegal signs, and other City codes. This information is intended to allow residents and business owners to participate in maintaining the high quality of the City’s neighborhood and commercial districts.
The goal of the City’s compliance measures is to ensure the overall quality of life in the community by making residential and/or corporate property owners aware of potential code violations. For more information or suggestions about Code Compliance and Enforcement, please call 614.410.4600.
Enforcement of Dublin’s codes is taken very seriously. Enforcement officers regularly travel city streets observing properties for code compliance. Once a potential violation is either brought to the City’s attention, or an enforcement official observes a violation, a procedure is begun that is intended to provide a fair and equitable enforcement process.
When a complaint is received, either by phone, in-person, written or otherwise, the reported violation is investigated before any official action is taken; if no violation is observed no further action is taken. If a complaint is received by phone or email, the Code Enforcement office will forward confirmation of receipt of the complaint. Violations may also be discovered by the City.
The person and/or property owner responsible for the violation is notified by letter, issued a citation, or notified by phone. As a first step, the property owner responsible for a code violation is given an opportunity to correct the situation. Most notification letters give ten days for compliance. More time can be provided when there are unusual circumstances that make compliance more difficult or time consuming. Code Enforcement team members are available to discuss and explain the specifics of any violation, including any extensions of time.
How does the City know when a violation exists? A possible violation can be received either by phone, in person, or in writing (letter or email), or City inspectors may, in the course of their duties, observe a potential violation. Once received, the reported violation is investigated before any official action is taken; if no actual violation is observed no further action is taken.
How am I notified of a violation? The person and/or property owner responsible for the violation is notified by letter, issued a citation, or notified by phone.
What if I have questions about a violation? You may call Code Enforcement at the City of Dublin to discuss and explain the specifics of any violation.
How many days do I have to correct a violation? In most cases once a violation notice is received the property owner has ten days to correct the violation. Code Enforcement may grant additional time if unusual circumstances require.
Are re-inspections done to see if the property has complied? Yes, usually within five business days following the date of expected compliance.
When is legal action taken? If after re-inspection the violation has not been corrected, legal action may be initiated and the complaint processed by the City Prosecutor and Mayor’s Court.
Do I have other options if I cannot or do not wish to comply? If the violation is related to the City’s Zoning Code, you would have the option of appealing the violation to the Board of Zoning Appeals, or requesting a variance from the requirement.
Within five days following the date of expected compliance, Code Enforcement will re-inspect the property. If the violation has not been corrected, legal action may be initiated. Once legal action is initiated, the complaint is processed by the City Prosecutor through the Mayor’s Court.
The role of the Zoning Compliance function for the City is to work with property owners to ensure that they are made aware of any applicable City Code issues, and to devise an appropriate resolution of any potential violations. This includes inspections for landscape requirements, compliance with previous zoning approvals, and other related code issues. The City’s Planning Technician is also responsible for issuing Zoning Compliance letters when needed.
To apply for a Zoning Compliance Letter please register and apply using the ACA Portal website (link here: https://aca-prod.accela.com/dublinoh/default.aspx). The Zoning Compliance Letter application will be under the ‘Planning,’ tab and under ‘Administrative Applications’ dropdown on the Record Type selection page. For a step by step guide on how to register and apply, please use the ACA Portal Guide: Accela Citizens Access Portal Guide. The applicant will be notified by email upon completion of the letter, all documents will be posted to the Attachments tab on the ACA Portal.
For additional information or questions, please contact: Planning Division at 614.410.4600.
*NOTE: Letters may take up to 10 business days to be completed. Please plan accordingly.
Site visits to the property by City representatives are essential to process this application. The Owner, by completing the form hereby authorizes City representatives to visit, photograph, take measurements, or other necessary activities on the property described in the application.
Appendix F was adopted by City Council, effective March 24, 2021. Appendix F outlines all properties located within the boundaries of Historic Dublin. The properties, including all primary structures, outbuildings, and stone walls within the boundaries require approval by the Architectural Review Board (ARB) for certain activities related to renovation, rehabilitation, new construction, or demolition as provided in the Historic District Zoning Regulations.
Dublin’s high quality of life is promoted through minimum landscape requirements on commercial developments. Landscaping is not an afterthought of the development process. A fair amount of planning and design considerations help shape the arrangement of the building, parking lots and service areas.
The examples found in this pamphlet are intended to help communicate the landscape requirements for a typical office development. This manual may also be a useful guide for designers, property owners and contractors charged with the planning, installation or maintenance of landscaping within the City of Dublin.
Planting specifications in this manual represent the accepted industry standards, as of 2003. Please contact the Landscape Contractors Association (1.800.825.5062) for the current Landscape Specification Guidelines. The International Society of Arboriculture also publishes acceptable planting specifications (1.217.355.9411). It is recommended that tree care professionals such as nursery technicians or arborists install and maintain plants within the landscape. It should be noted that all plants required under the Dublin Code must be properly installed and remain healthy in perpetuity. Please refer to the planting detail and guidelines for more information.
Did you know the City of Dublin has a “No peddlers/solicitors” ordinance? The ordinance is managed and enforced through Dublin’s Code Enforcement office.
Companies such as roofing or cable providers seeking to solicit business for their products or services must obtain a license through the City’s Code Enforcement office.
Who may solicit without a license? Religious organizations and political campaigns that are providing information only and are not soliciting donations.
Door/window clings in white/clear are available for residents at City Hall. Call 614.410.4400 or stop by City Hall, 5555 Perimeter Drive.
The City of Dublin has a “no peddlers/solicitors” ordinance, which prohibits peddling or solicitation on behalf of a business or charitable organization without first obtaining a license through Code Enforcement.
Questions or concerns? Call Greg Jones, Code Enforcement Supervisor, at 614.410.4647.
Your permit must be displayed at all times while soliciting in the City of Dublin. The Dublin Police Department will be given a copy of each solicitor badge and the expiration date for each permit.
Obtaining a Permit to Solicit Door to Door
Once you have submitted your application, filled in all the requested personal information, uploaded your BCI background check (valid for one year from date listed on your background check) driver’s license, and paid your fee, our Code Enforcement Office will receive and review your application.
Permits are valid for 30 days. Each person soliciting must have a badge. Hours for permitted solicitation are Monday through Saturday, excluding holidays, from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
All Solicitors Must Honor “No Peddlers or Solicitors Invited” Stickers
Your badge may be revoked if you are reported.
Approved solicitors are required to prominently display their City of Dublin Peddler/Solicitor Identification Badge.
If someone approaches your home and does not have the official Peddler/Solicitor Identification Badge, you may call the City of Dublin Police non-emergency number (614.889.1112) and report a non-approved solicitor in your neighborhood.
Questions or concerns? Call Greg Jones, Code Enforcement Supervisor, at 614.410.4647.
Both City zoning regulations and private deed restrictions involve rules and regulations associated with property and can be misinterpreted as the same type of regulations. Education is important so that property owners are well informed of the requirements for their community.
|Purpose||Generally set forth to protect the health, safety and l welfare of the general public.||Can be more restrictive than zoning regulations and can include any standards that the developer chooses as long as it does not violate other regulations or restrictions (state or federal regulations, such as Ohio’s Planned Community Law or violations of public policy that would make the restriction void).|
|Adoption Process||Zoning regulations are adopted through a public process and final authority for these regulations is City Council. Zoning may change over time.||Deed restrictions are created by the development community and recorded with the County as part of the development process. Deed restrictions run with the land.|
|Compliance||The City administers the Zoning code. As such, the City helps property owners navigate applicable regulations.||Deed restrictions are an agreement between private property owners. As the holder of the deed, it is the property owners’ responsibility to comply.|
|Enforcement||Zoning regulations are adopted through local jurisdictions such as the City of Dublin and are likewise enforceable by the City.|
The City’s enforcement of zoning regulations is subject to limitations imposed by the US and Ohio Constitutions, including but not limited to due process, equal protection, and freedom of speech.
The City does not administer or enforce deed restrictions.
|Deed restrictions are “agreed upon” when private property is purchased and is enforceable by individual property owners. This can require financial resources and personal commitment from property owners to enforce and may result in court proceedings to resolve.|
As a general rule, the City does not have standing to pursue enforcement of any deed restriction.
As of November 11, 2020, anyone operating a short-term rental in the City of Dublin must follow the City’s short-term rental regulations.
An approved Short-Term Rental Registration will be assigned a record number for identification, which must be prominently posted along with the property listing on any hosting platform or public advertising medium used for listing the property.
These regulations allow for short-term rentals, such as Airbnb in the City, while maintaining the residential character of Dublin neighborhoods. Columbus, along with several other U.S. cities, have adopted similar ordinances to regulate short-term rentals.
Click here to read the ordinance.
Questions? Please reach out to John Iannucci, Code Enforcement Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 614.410.4604.
How does the City know when a violation exists?
A possible violation can be received either by phone, in person, or in writing (letter or email), or City inspectors may, in the course of their duties, observe a potential violation. Once received, the reported violation is investigated before any official action is taken; if no actual violation is observed no further action is taken.
How am I notified of a violation?
The person and/or property owner responsible for the violation is notified by letter, issued a citation, or notified by phone.
What if I have questions about a violation?
You may call Code Enforcement at the City of Dublin at 614.410.4600 to discuss and explain the specifics of any violation.
Are re-inspections done to see if the property has complied?
Yes, usually within five business days following the date of expected compliance.
When is legal action taken?
If after re-inspection the violation has not been corrected, legal action may be initiated and the complaint processed by the City Prosecutor.
Do I have other options if I cannot or do not wish to comply?
If the violation is related to the City’s Zoning Code, you would have the option of applying to the Board of Zoning Appeals to either; 1) appeal the determination that a violation exists, or 2) request a variance from the requirement.
In order to support faster response and better tracking of requests, the City of Dublin uses JustFOIA to collect, respond to and manage public information requests.
JustFOIA is a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) online application that helps streamline the open records request process for the community and improve efficiencies in getting requested information quickly and accurately.
The application lets community members submit requests for all city records, including police reports. Commonly requested information includes accident reports, copies of resolutions and body-camera video.
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The complete Dublin City Code is available online at American Legal City Ordinance website. Information staff at the Dublin branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library are available to help navigate this website.
This Revised Charter, as adopted on March 19, 1996, became effective on July 4, 1996.
The Zoning Code for Dublin is Chapter 153 of the Dublin Code of Ordinances. The Zoning Code sets land development requirements and establishes different uses within individual districts. Zoning regulations address the physical development of a site, such as building height, lot requirements, setbacks from lot lines, minimum numbers of parking spaces, sign types and sizes, and other related regulations.
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