Planning and Zoning
Q: What are the zoning regulations for building a garage, house, fence, shed, deck, pool, addition, etc?
A: See Zoning Code or the Home Improvements and Guidelines Brochure.
Q: What is the zoning on a particular property?
A: Refer to the Zoning Map or contact the Community and Economic Development Department at 937-667-6305.
Q: When/Where is a particular Board meeting being held?
A: See the Boards and Commissions page.
Q: Is a particular address located within the City of Tipp City?
A: Check Miami County Auditor's website. Parcel numbers that start with "G15" are in the corporate limits of Tipp City.
Q: Can you operate a business out of your home?
A: Some businesses can be operated out of your home as a Home Occupation. Home Occupations require an approved Permit. Please call the Community and Economic Development Department for further information, 937-667-6305.
Q: What happens to a variance if I sell my home or business?
A: Variances run with the land. This means that a variance will continue in effect as ownership of the property or business changes. However, the new owners must adhere to the terms and conditions of the original variance granted and obtain all other necessary approvals and permits as required by law.
Q: I was told that another homeowner in Tipp City received a variance similar to the variance that I am requesting. Shouldn't my variance be granted too?
A: Not necessarily. Each application stands on its own merits. Until the board members hear and consider the evidence it is not proper for them to pre-judge the application or appeal. Essentially, the board is a quasi-judicial body and should be respected as you would a court of law. You can expect that your application or appeal will be considered fairly but you should not expect that the result will be the same as in a similar case. No two zoning cases are exactly the same.
Q: Can my neighbor leave rubbish on their property?
A: It may be a violation of the Tipp City Nusiance Code.
Q: Can my neighbor let tall grass grow on their property?
A: Not if it is over 10 inches.
Q: Can a sign be placed in the curb lawn or right-of-way?
Q: My neighbor's tree hangs over the fence into my rear yard. I am afraid that a tree limb will fall into my yard and cause damage. Is this a City zoning issue?
A: No. This is not a zoning issue. You should consult an attorney as this is a private civil legal dispute and the municipality has no control or jurisdiction.
Q: If I make a complaint about a particular property or person, does my name or written complaint become public record?
A: Yes. In most cases, your zoning complaint is a public record and may be released upon request to persons who request a copy.
Q: My neighbor and I are having a dispute regarding the boundary line of our properties. Is this a City Zoning issue?
A: No. This is not a zoning issue. Boundary disputes are personal legal matters and are not within the jurisdiction of the municipality (Note: Unless a municipal boundary is the subject of the problem). You should consult an attorney, Professional Engineer/Surveyor, or your title company to assist you.