Planning Division Fees: 2021 Fees
The City of Dublin Planning Division accepts applications for zoning approvals required by the Planning & Zoning Commission, Architectural Review Board, Board of Zoning Appeals, and the Administrative Review Team.
All Planning Division applications and permits are processed online via the Accela Citizens’ Access (ACA) Portal and ProjectDox, please follow the following steps to submit an application or permit with the Planning Division:
Planning Application Submittal Process
- Please contact the Planning Division at 614.410.4600 to schedule a pre-application meeting. The Planning Division can assist in identifying the necessary application type and understanding the submittal requirements.
- Review the application content checklist based on application type
- Register an account and apply for a Planning Application through the ACA Portal website, a link to the website and step-by-step guide are provided below:
- Upload all documents and drawings to ProjectDox. Once the application is submittal through the ACA Portal website you will receive an email from ProjectDox which is the platform used for plan review. Please use the link and guide provided below:
- Pay for application fee through your ACA Portal account. To pay the application fee, visit the Record’s page, click ‘Fees’ under the ‘Payments’ tab and then click the ‘Pay Fees’ link.
- All the steps must be complete in full prior to the Planning Division conducting a preliminary completeness review. If an application is complete, it will be accepted and assigned to a Planner. If an application is incomplete, it will be returned with a list of items necessary to complete the submittal. Application reviews begin once the application is accepted as complete.
Application Content Checklists
Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC)
The Planning & Zoning Commission reviews all applications for Planned Unit Development Districts (PUD), Bridge Street District (BSD), Conditional Uses, Preliminary & Final plat, and provides a recommendation to City Council for Rezoning Applications. The Commission typically meets on two Thursday’s each month at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise advertised.
Please contact Nichole Martin, AICP, Senior Planner at 614.410.4635 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the Planning & Zoning Commission procedures or application requirements.
Planned Unit Development District (PUD)
PUD Concept Plan
The Concept Plan is often the first step of the Planned Unit Development District approval process, although it is not required. While not legally binding, Concept Plans allow the Planning and Zoning Commission to discuss the general concept of the proposed development with the applicant and determine whether the proposed development is appropriate for the site, consistent with the Community Plan, and worthy of moving forward through the Planned Unit Development District approval process. Concept Plans may be reviewed by City Council if desired by the applicant.
PUD Rezoning/Preliminary Development Plan
The Rezoning/Preliminary Development Plan is the first formal step in the Planned Unit Development District approval process. Approval of the Preliminary Development Plan establishes the permitted uses, density, development requirements, and general layout of the site. The Planning and Zoning Commission makes a recommendation for approval, disapproval, or approval with conditions to City Council, which makes the final decision.
PUD Final Development Plan
The Final Development Plan is typically the final step in the Planned Unit Development District approval process and requires the highest level of detail and plan refinement. The Planning and Zoning Commission determines if the proposal is consistent with the approved preliminary development plan and is ready to proceed to building permit submittal.
PUD Amended Final Development Plan
Amended Final Development Plan applications are required for revisions to approved final development plans. The Planning and Zoning Commission determines if the proposed modification is consistent with the approved preliminary development plan and is ready to proceed to Building Permit submittal.
Bridge Street District (BSD)
BSD Concept Plan
The purpose of the BSD Concept Plan (CP) is to provide a general outline of the scope, character, and nature of the proposed development that is consistent with the policy direction of the Community Plan and the BSD Special Area Plan, the requirements of the BSD Code, other related policy and regulatory documents, and the review criteria, and to consider the proposal within the context of existing and planned development within the vicinity of the project.
BSD Preliminary Development Plan
The purpose of the BSD Preliminary Development Plan (PDP) is to establish a framework for the proposed development that is consistent with the requirements of the Community Plan, BSD Special Area Plan, BSD Code, BSD Design Guidelines, other adopted plans, policies, and regulations, and the review criteria.
BSD Final Development Plan
The purpose of the BSD Final Development Plan (FDP) is to confirm compliance with the PDP, all requirements of the BSD Code, Community Plan, BSD Special Area Plan, BSD Design Guidelines, and other adopted plans, policies and regulations, and the review criteria.
BSD Waiver Review
BSD Waiver Reviews are a process to allow deviations from specific code requirements that may only be granted by the Planning and Zoning Commission. A Waiver is defined as a request for a deviation from a requirement of §§153.059 through 153.065, which do not otherwise qualify for an Administrative Departure.
BSD Master Sign Plan
The purpose of the BSD Master Sign Plan (MSP) is to define the scope, character, and aesthetic quality of signs and sign regulations for an individual tenant, multi-tenant building, or multi-building development, while allowing an additional degree of flexibility and creativity in sign design and display.
In unique circumstances, proposed developments may warrant this preliminary, non-binding review by the Planning and Zoning Commission prior to filing a formal application. Please contact Planning at
614. 410-4600 to determine if your proposal qualifies for informal review.
Standard District Rezoning
Rezoning changes the zoning classification of a property, which may include different permitted and conditional uses, and development standards. Standard District Rezoning requires review and recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission and two readings by City Council. The Planning and Zoning Commission makes a recommendation to City Council on Standard District Rezoning applications.
While often desirable in the zoning district in which they are proposed, uses requiring conditional use review have potentially greater effects on their surroundings than permitted uses and as a result require additional scrutiny by the Planning and Zoning Commission to ensure that the use is appropriate for the location. A Certificate of Zoning Plan Approval must be obtained for the property within one year of the conditional use approval.
The Preliminary Plat application is the first step in creating a subdivision, involving the preliminary placement of development lots, public streets, and other associated facilities. The Planning and Zoning Commission makes recommendations to City Council on Preliminary Plat applications.
The Final Plat application is a refinement of the Preliminary Plat and presents the final configuration of lots within a subdivision and/or finalizes the placement of public streets and utilities. The Planning and Zoning Commission makes
Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA)
The Board of Zoning Appeals must review all applications for Variance requests, Administrative Appeals for zoning or building decisions issued by the City and Special Permits for certain other activities. The Board generally holds a meeting the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m., unless otherwise advertised.
Please contact Tammy Noble, Senior Planner at 614.410.4649 or email@example.com with any questions regarding the Board of Zoning Appeals procedures or to discuss potential applications requiring Board of Zoning Appeals review.
BZA Application Requirements
Non-Use (Area) Variance
Applicants may request a Non-Use (Area) Variance when an aspect of a proposed development does not meet one or more requirements of the Zoning Code (or the Planned Unit Development regulations for single family homes in Planned Districts), such as setback, height, or other similar requirements. Variances may only be approved after the Board of Zoning Appeals finds that conditions unique to the property result in a practical difficulty in meeting the requirements of the Code.
Appeals to the Board of Zoning Appeals may be taken by any person that disagrees with decisions rendered by Planning regarding Zoning Code regulations.
Building Construction Appeal
The Board of Zoning Appeals also hears Appeals from the Building Code and the Property Maintenance Code.
Applicants may request a Use Variance when a property cannot reasonably be used for any of the permitted or conditional uses allowed by the zoning district in which the property is located. Use Variances may be granted only if the applicant demonstrates that a hardship unique to the property prevents the use of the property as it is zoned. City Council makes a final determination of Use Variance requests after receiving a recommendation from the Board of Zoning Appeals.
Due to unique characteristics relative to location, design, size, operation, traffic circulation, or need for public services, several specific uses outlined in the Zoning Code require review and approval by the Board of Zoning Appeals to ensure that the use is appropriate for the proposed location.
Architectural Review Board (ARB)
The Architectural Review Board reviews modifications to any site or structure within the limits of the Historic District in addition to any outlying historic properties identified in Appendix G of the Zoning Code. Modifications under the purview of the ARB include commercial and residential plans to construct, alter, demolish, or change the exterior of any structure (windows, doors, siding, roofing, exterior paint colors, etc.). Site improvements such as fences, patios, parking, commercial landscaping, and signs also require ARB review and approval. The Board typically meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., unless otherwise advertised.
For modifications within the Historic District, please contact Nichole Martin, AICP, Senior Planner, at 614.410.4635 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Administrative Review Team (ART)
The Administrative Review Team is the reviewing body for certain application types in the Bridge Street District (BSD), the West Innovation District (WID), and for Wireless Communication Facilities. The ART is comprised of staff designees from various City departments. The team generally holds a meeting the second Thursday of each month at 2:00 p.m., unless otherwise advertised.
For ART development application inquiries, please contact Chase Ridge, AICP Candidate, Planner I at 614.410.4656 or email@example.com
West Innovation District (WID)
Development Plan Review
A Development Plan is required prior to beginning construction on all or any portion of a property within the Innovation Districts. This review is also required for modifications of an approved development within the West Innovation District. Applications that meet all the requirements of the Innovation Districts are reviewed by the Administrative Review Team.
Site Plan Review
Site Plan review is required when a proposal does not meet the requirements of the Innovation Districts, an Administrative Departure is denied, or when requested by the applicant. This review is completed by the Planning and Zoning Commission and would be identified during the development plan review.
Administrative Departures can be requested when the strict enforcement of the zoning and development requirements of the District may be unreasonable or impractical to meet. An Administrative Departure is reviewed by the Administrative Review Team.
Bridge Street District (BSD)
BSD Minor Project
BSD Minor Project Review provides an efficient review process for smaller projects that do not have significant community effects including for building additions, exterior building modifications, accessory structures, parking plans, signs, and landscaping.
BSD Administrative Approval
The purpose of the BSD Administrative Approval, in accordance with §153.066(L), is to allow proposals meeting the intent of the Code to be approved administratively by the Director. A letter of request outlining the proposal shall accompany the application.
Wireless Communication Facilities
Wireless Communication Facilities are subject to review under the requirements of Chapter 99 of the Dublin Codified Ordinances. Temporary Facilities, Co-locations, and Alternative Structures are reviewed by the Administrative Review Team utilizing the application listed above. New Towers are subject to Conditional Use review, see above, and are reviewed by the Planning and Zoning Commission or Architectural Review Board. For application inquiries regarding Wireless Communications Facilities, please contact Claudia Husak, AICP, Senior Planner at 614.410.4675 or firstname.lastname@example.org