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When a Zoning Permit is
When you begin to plan for any upcoming projects, be certain that you
have all the necessary city permits prior to starting any work.
When any structure is erected, relocated, or altered, it requires a
zoning permit. For example, fences, sheds, swimming pools, building
additions, driveways, and certain types of decks all require zoning
permits. Depending on the particular nature of the project it may
require an inspection from the County Building Inspector. A call to the
zoning office can clarify if a county building permit is necessary. A
zoning permit is not required for remodeling, repairing, or altering the
interior of a residence as long as the use or external dimensions of the
building are not changed. Examples of projects that do not need a permit
are the installation of siding, the replacement of windows, or a
replacement of an existing roof.
When any structure is erected, relocated, or altered prior to obtaining
a zoning permit (and/or displayed, in the case of a sign), the required
fees shall be doubled, but the payment of a double fee shall not relieve
any person from complying with the provisions of the Zoning Code or from
other penalties prescribed by law.
A zoning permit fee is calculated as one dollar ($1.00) per one thousand
($1,000.00), or part thereof, of expenditures set forth in an
application for a zoning permit. Our minimum permit fee shall not be
less than thirty dollars ($30.00). To obtain a zoning permit, please
call the Zoning Administrator at the municipal building located at 44 N.
Forest St. at 466-4675.
The City of Geneva is divided into zoning
districts. Each district is regulated as to the permitted uses and to where you
can build on your property.
Information about zoning districts and setbacks
can be obtained from the Zoning Department.
Home Occupation Permits
The City of Geneva
regulates the establishment of home occupations in residential
neighborhoods. The City of Geneva recognizes the need for some citizens
to use their place of residence for limited nonresidential activities.
However, the City believes that the need to protect the integrity of its
residential areas is of paramount concern. Further, the City of Geneva
is attempting to guarantee to all residents freedom from excessive
noise, excessive traffic, nuisance, fire hazard, and other possible
effects of commercial uses being conducted in residential areas.
In essence, the objective of a home occupation permit
is to allow a limited number of commercial-type activities in a
residential area. In order to apply for a home occupation permit, an
application needs to be completed and submitted to the Planning and
Zoning Department on a form provided by the Department, and it shall be
accompanied by the prevailing filing fee of fifty dollars ($50.00). A
home occupation permit from the Planning Commission may be granted only
to the property owner, provided that he or she resides at the property.
There are conditions that the permit need to comply with in order to
maintain their permit, and the Commission may specify the terms,
conditions, extent, and duration, as well as provide a means for the
revocation and renewal of a home occupation permit.
If you presently have a home occupation or are
considering working from home, then please call the Department of
Planning Zoning at (440) 466-4675 to complete the application process.
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