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The Copley Township Department of Community & Economic Development manages the Zoning actions of the Township. Zoning actions include, but are not limited to Zoning Maps, Zoning Applications and Permits and request for hearings set forth by the Board of Zoning Appeals and Zoning Commission, as well as meeting requests set forth by the Architectural Review Board. 

Copley Township partners with county agencies including the Summit County Department of Building Standards, the Summit County Engineer’s Office, Summit Soil & Water Conservation District, Summit County Public Heath and when necessary, the OH Environmental Protection Agency and the US Army Corp of Engineers. 

Review the Development Checklist before you being a Commercial Project in Copley Township. 

Contact Shawna Gfroerer, Zoning Inspector, for questions regarding Zoning Permits & Applications, sgfroerer@copley.oh.us or 330.666.0108.


RESIDENTIAL PERMITTING LARGE

RESIDENTIAL PERMITS

A Construction Application is required for:

New Home Construction
Home Additions
Accessory Buildings (Sheds-All Types)
Decks
Pools
Gazebos
Other residential projects as needed

Applicants who wish to operate a business from their home, must meet the requirements and file a Home Occupation Application. 

Applicants who wish to utilize their land for Agricultural purposes must meet the requirements and file an Agricultural Use Affidavit.



COMMERCIAL PERMITTING LARGE

COMMERCIAL PERMITS/ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD

A Site Plan is required for all Commercial Project Reviews. All Site Plans are reviewed by the Architectural Review Board. 

MAJOR SITE PLAN APPLICATION: Required for all new commercial construction and commercial additions. For most major projects, the following internal agencies will conduct a review: Copley Township Fire, Police, Service and Community & Economic Development. Additionally for most projects, the following external agencies will conduct a review: Summit County Soil & Water, Summit County Engineer’s Office and the Summit County Building Department. In some cases, site plans also require review by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and/or the US Army Corp of Engineers. An Application for Construction must be submitted along with the Major Site Plan Application.

MINOR SITE PLAN APPLICATION: Required for all signs, landscape plans, parking improvements, accessory buildings and other minor commercial exterior improvements. Internal/external agency review as needed. An Application for Construction must be submitted along with the Minor Site Plan Application.

MODIFIED SITE PLAN APPLICATION: Required for all interior renovations, new tenant occupancy and change of business use. Internal/external agency review as needed. An Application for Construction must be submitted along with the Modified Site Plan Application if applicable.

An applicant must submit the necessary application and schedule a meeting with the Zoning Inspector to review the application prior to placement on an Architectural Review Board agenda.

BZA PERMITTING

BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS

Commercial and Residential projects which require review outside of the requirements specified in the Zoning Resolution must go before the Board of Zoning Appeals. The Board of Zoning Appeals will review all applications related to the following:

VARIANCE APPLICATION (Area and Use)

CONDITIONAL USE APPLICATION (Existing and Changes)

NON CONFORMING USE APPLICATION (Expansions and Changes)

ADMINISTRATIVE APPEAL APPLICATION

An applicant must submit the necessary application and schedule a meeting with the Zoning Inspector to review the application prior to placement on a Board of Zoning Appeals agenda.

ZONING COMMISSION PERMITTING

ZONING COMMISSION

The Zoning Commission is responsible for reviewing all proposed changes to the Copley Township Zoning Resolution, Comprehensive Land Use Plan and Zoning Map.

TEXT AMENDMENT APPLICATION: Applicants who desire to make a change to the Zoning Resolution, must submit a Text Amendment Application. All Text Amendment Applications are reviewed by the Zoning Commission, the Summit County Planning Commission with final review and approval by the Copley Township Board of Trustees.

MAP AMENDMENT APPLICATION: Applicants who desire to make a change to the Zoning Map, must submit a Map Amendment Application. All Map Amendment Applications are reviewed by the Zoning Commission, the Summit County Planning Commission with final review and approval by the Copley Township Board of Trustees.

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Zoning Application Fees

Lot/Parcel Consolidation Instructions

OH Onsite EPA Sewage Treatment Systems Application
Health approval must be obtained for any project proposed for a parcel which operates on a septic system.

Summit County Public Health Building & Zoning Application

Find My Zoning Classification

Summit County Public Health
Health approval must be obtained for any project proposed for a parcel which operates on a septic system.

Summit County Division of Building Standards
Building reviews and permits are issued by the Summit County Building Department. All residential projects over 200 square feet in overall area require a Building Permit. All commercial projects over 120 square feet require a building permit.

Summit Soil & Water Conservation District

Summit County Engineer’s Office