City of Trenton, Ohio

Planning and Zoning

GENERAL INFORMATION

Planning exists to assist and encourage those who have made, are making or want to make, a major private investment in Trenton.

Planning and Zoning responsibilities Include:

  • Reviewing permits for zoning compliance for building additions, signage, new home construction, fencing, accessory structures, certificates of occupancy,
  • Providing information to the public about planning and zoning processes
  • Coordinating with developers, other city departments, community groups, and other organizations
  • Enforcement and Inspection of zoning code violations
  • Responding to complaints regarding zoning code violations
  • Reviewing and issuing approval for lot splits, consolidations and subdivision replats
  • Preparing zoning maps and issuing zoning verification letters
  • Acting as the secretary to the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals.

What is Planning and Zoning?

Zoning is a term for a system of land use regulation. The word is derived from the practice of designating permitted uses of land based on mapped zones which separate one part of a community from another. Zoning regulations fall under the police power rights governments may exercise over real property. The primary purpose of zoning is to segregate incompatible uses; and in practice, zoning is used as a permitting system to keep new development from harming existing residents or businesses.

 

Zoning includes regulation of the kinds of activities which will be acceptable on particular lots (such as residential, commercial, industrial, open space or flood plain), the densities at which those activities can be performed, the height of buildings, the amount of space structures may occupy, the location of a building on the lot (setbacks), and how much parking must be provided.

 

Planning is the act of taking those designated "land use zones" and designating how they will be integrated holistically across the City of Trenton. 

Zoning Ordinance

Zoning Code and Subdivision Rules and Regulations books are available for view or purchase at the City Building. The Zoning Code may also be viewed online by clicking the link below:

 

Zoning Certificates

Zoning Certificates (Zoning Permits) are required prior to construction (all zones) and/or establishment of a business. The Zoning Department processes applications for zoning certificates from homeowners, builders, contractors, developers, and local businesses.


The following activities require a zoning certificate:

  • New residential construction
  • New commercial construction
  • Building addition / Changes to the footprint of an existing building
  • Accessory structure, including: 
    • Garage (attached or detached) 
    • Shed or storage building 
    • Pole barn
  • Fence
  • Pool (in-ground, above ground, and certain temporary)
  • Deck
  • Retaining wall (3' in height and over)
  • Sign (ground, wall, temporary)
  • New business (in existing commercial structure)
  • Home Occupation


Please contact the Planning and Zoning Department at (513) 988.6307 if you are unsure if your project requires a permit or for any other zoning related questions and inquiries.

Zoning Map

The official City of Trenton Zoning Map is located in the Planning and Zoning Department or at the link below. 

  • Zoning Map -- coming soon

Give our interactive map a try. Zoom in and click on the parcel to determine the zoning classicification!