The Albany Zoning Code is a comprehensive set of regulations upon the use of land within the Village. The intent is to promote the public health, safety, and comfort of the residents of the Village and to conserve and protect property and property values and to secure the most appropriate use of land in accordance with the Albany Comprehensive Plan. Click HERE for more information.
Before starting any project, it is best to contact the Albany Zoning Administrator at (740) 698-6127. He 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 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
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.
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.
The Zoning Code can be viewed online in the Albany Code Library by using the link below.
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 with dates posted in advance as required by law. Dates can be found on the Village Calendar here.
The BZA’s decision is final and appealable only to the Athens County Court of Common Pleas.