The zoning code regulates land use in Harrison Township. It helps to protect our property values and quality of life by ensuring that new developments and other improvements are compatible with the surrounding community and neighborhood. Many home and property improvements, such as building an addition, installing a pool, adding a deck or building a shed, require a zoning certificate. Please note that while some improvements do not require a zoning certificate, they do require a building permit, which can be obtained from Montgomery County. For more information, contact the county at (937) 225-4622.
The Harrison Township Zoning Map indicates how land is currently zoned.
Zoning Permits are required for various activities in Harrison Township. These activities include new buildings, building additions, opening a new business, installing a new sign or changing the face of an existing sign, swimming pools and many other activities. For anyone needing a zoning certificate, here’s how the process works: applicant completes a zoning certificate application and submits it along with the appropriate drawings to the Development Department at the Harrison Township Government Center, 5945 North Dixie Drive.The staff reviews the request and contacts the resident regarding any questions.Once the review is complete — usually within two days — the zoning certificate may be picked up at the government center.
For more information about zoning matters, please contact the Development Department at (937) 890-5611.
List of Zoning Permit Applications:
Property Maintenance Code
Harrison Township’s property maintenance code allows us to maintain property values and the appearance of our community by establishing minimum standards for the upkeep of businesses, houses, yards and vacant lots. The most common violations are junk cars, deteriorating roofs, trash and debris, and overgrown grass or weeds. The emphasis in enforcing the code is to work with the property owner to gain compliance. Three code enforcement officers share the responsibilities in this area.
High Grass and Junk & Debris
During the spring and summer months some properties in the township enter into a state of disrepair and need the township to step in and enforce our codes and regulations. For properties where there is grass higher than eight inches, the township has been given the authority to cut the high grass and subsequently bill the property owner for all costs associated with the grass cutting. However, there are legal steps the township is required by the State of Ohio to follow prior to going on private property in order to cut the grass. Also, because of the length of time it takes before the township can go onto private property and cut grass, it may appear a problem site is being ignored. Please understand we are following our legal requirements and are working as hard as possible to bring the problem properties into compliance. For your convenience, please click the 2014 High Grass Summary for a recent list of addresses for which tall grass complaints have been filed (sorted by street). For a recent list of addresses for which junk and debris complaints have been filed (sorted by street), please click the 2014 Junk and Debris Summary. As you can see, some addresses come up repeatedly. You can also see on the list if there has been a comply date entered. If there is a blank under "Comply Date," township staff continues to work on the violation. To report a suspected violation, or ask about a property listed on the summaries, please call the Development Department at 890-5611. We will do our very best to update these lists weekly during the spring-autumn months.