Zoning Department

Permit Information.

Before starting any project, it is best to contact the Albany Zoning Administrator at (740) 698-6127.  They will be able to guide you through the process and provide you with all of the costs, forms and information relating to your individual situation.  
All requests for combining, splitting and re-zoning of Village lots require an application to be filed, fees to be paid and a public hearing held.  Requests for these types of items are independently reviewed and decided upon by the Board of Zoning Appeals or the Albany Planning Commission.  The Zoning Administrator can help you with this process as well.

Zoning Certificate.

Zoning Certificates are required before beginning any new construction, change of use, demolition and some remodeling projects.  Some additional items requiring permits are, but not limited to:
  • New building or addition
  • Garages
  • Carports
  • Storage Buildings
  • Swimming Pools
  • Signs

All completed applications must be filed with the Zoning Administrator prior to the start of any work. All fees and costs must be submitted with completed applications.

The Zoning Code and Zoning Map can be viewed online by using these links

Once an application for a Zoning Certificate is submitted to the Village, the Zoning Administrator will contact the applicant and make an appointment to complete the inspection prior to the permit being issued. In addition to a zoning certificate, some projects may also require a building permit. 
A variance may be requested by any applicant that has been denied a zoning certificate by submitting the proper forms and fees to the Village.  All variance requests must include a list containing the names and mailing addresses of all contiguous property owners.

Board of Zoning Appeals.

The BZA operates under the authority of Ohio Revised Code Section 713.11. The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) is judiciary in nature with the authority to hear and decide the following:

  • A request for variance from a Zoning Code requirement.
  • A request for a Conditional Use Permit.
  • An administrative appeal of a Zoning related finding.  

BZA Membership

  • Elliot John-Conry, Chair
  • Debbie Andrews, Secretary
  • Larry Payne
  • Kurt Glaser
  • TJ Johnston

The BZA meets on the third Wednesday each month at 6:00 pm at Albany Village Hall and as-needed. All meetings and Hearings are open to the public. click on the calendar below for specific dates

Meeting dates are posted in advance as required by law however any meeting may be cancelled at the call of the Chair. Please contact Village Hall with additional questions.

BZA Applications can be found online here.

The BZA’s decision is final and, under Ohio law, may only be appealed to the Athens County Court of Common Pleas.