- Building & Planning
Building & Planning
Welcome to the City of Wadsworth Building and Planning Department. On these pages you will find links to information about construction and development within the City including: what permit are necessary, how to obtain permits, and applications for building and zoning permits. Also found on these pages is information relating to property maintenance regulations, Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals applications, census data and housing grant programs.
BUILDING & PLANNING DEPARTMENT
Although mask mandates have been lifted, the City still wishes to protect its employees from unnecessary exposure to the Covid virus. Therefore:
- To limit in-person visits, please call or email us with questions.
- Please submit any Planning, Zoning or Building applications or plans by mail or email when possible.
- Payments (checks) may accompany the applications, or be made after permit approval with a credit card by phone.
- Receipts and permits will then be returned by email or through regular mail.
- Please call the office for instructions on handling large sets of plans or with other questions. Many plans can be submitted as pdf files via email.
Residential Uses & Projects
The City's Building Department certified for 1, 2 and 3 - family dwellings. View the Building Department page to learn more. Building, electrical and HVAC permit issuance, plan reviews and inspections will be performed by this office. Contact the Medina County Health Department for plumbing permits and inspections.
In addition, most residential projects will also require a zoning certificate to verify that the project is in compliance with the city's zoning regulations. View Are Permits Required? (PDF) for a list of activities that require zoning certificates, building permits or both. Projects requiring a zoning certificate must include a site plan showing existing structures on the property, the dimensions and location of the proposed improvement, and its distance to relevant property lines.
Residential Building and Zoning Permit Application forms and Zoning Certificate forms can be found by visiting the Forms page or picked up on the second floor of City Hall. See How To Obtain Residential Permits (PDF).
Also see the Building Department page for residential construction standards, permit applications, inspection scheduling information and view Property Maintenance Information (PDF) to learn more.
Generally, commercial uses are not permitted in residential zoning districts or structures approved for residential occupancy. However, there is a classification of business use called a home occupation that may be permitted in a residential district or structure.
Home occupations are conditionally permitted uses subject to the specific requirements found in §154.546(B)(17) of the zoning code. Applicant will need to complete and submit a conditional zoning application along with a description of the home-based business and how it complies with §154.546(B)(17). Applications for home occupations are reviewed on a case by case basis. Applications that cannot be approved administratively, will be subject to a public hearing and review by the City Planning Commission.
For more information regarding the specific requirepments for home occupations, please see paragraph 17 at the following link: Conditional Uses - Specific Requirements
Commercial Uses & Projects
Building permits, plan approvals and construction inspections for commercial, industrial and multi-family residential (four or more dwellings in a single building) projects are obtained through the Medina County Building Department. View the Medina County Building Department to learn more. Zoning approval for commercial projects is still under the City's jurisdiction, and zoning approval must be obtained before the County will issue any building permits.
In addition, most commercial development projects will require Planning Commission approval before a zoning certificate will be issued by the City. View Planning Commission.
View the Commercial Development Guide (PDF) for more information on the review and approval process for these projects
Links to Zoning Map & Text
The online Zoning Map shows City of Wadsworth corporate and zoning district boundaries. To learn more, view Zoning Map (DWF). To download the Autodesk Viewer, view Autodesk Viewer. To view or download a PDF version of the map, view Zoning Map.
View Zoning Code to be taken to the City's zoning code (maintained by Americal Legal Publishing). Use links in left side-bar to reach Chapter 154.
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- Comprehensive Plan Update 2011 (PDF)
- Downtown Visioning Plan 2017 (PDF)
- Main Street Wadsworth - Downtown Design Guidelines (2017)
- Appendices - Downtown Design Guidelines
- Final Park Master Plan (PDF)
- Wadsworth Multimodal Plan (PDF)
- Wadsworth Multipurpose Trail (PDF)