Over $266,000 in Facade Grants have been issued to match over $300,000 of private investment in downtown facades!

THE DEVELOPMENT PLANNING PROCESS

Our Business Concierges will walk you through the entire development process and act as your teammate and liaison with Planning, Engineering, Building, Fire, Police and City Council.

For already annexed and zoned sites, the full pre-development process takes 3 to 4 months from start (for a combined preliminary and final development plan option). A separate preliminary and final development plan requires additional Planning Commission and Council Hearings for each adding around 2 months to the process.

If a site needs to be annexed and zone, the full process will normally take 6 months at minimum due to required annexation waiting periods.

The Shortest Process

  1. Combined Pre-Development/Final Development Plan and Application Submitted - Virtually all engineering and site planning must be complete at application.
  2. Concurrently:
    - Plan Review - 2 to 4 weeks
    - Engineering Review - 2 to 4 weeks
    - Building & Zoning Permit Review - 2 to 4 weeks
  3. Planning Commission cases to be heard concurrently - Planning Commission meets the 1st Wednesday of each month --> City Council cases to be heard concurrently - City Council meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month - This process generally takes 1 to 1.5 months depending on public hearing process.
  4. Permits issued.
With Annexation and Zoning
  1. Annexation petition submitted to City --> City Council passes resolution indicating City can serve property --> Annexation request heard and voted on by County Commissioners --> Application returns to City Council with 60 day waiting period --> Council passes after 60 days (must be before 120 days) -- Council decision subject to 30 day referendum period - Entire annexation process takes 90 to 120 days.
  2. Concurrently, application for rezoning/conditional use is made --> request is heard by Planning Commission --> Planning Commission makes recommendation to Council --> Council takes action - Rezoning/conditional use permits take 1 to 2 months. Surveying and platting also need to be completed during this time.
  3. Steps 1 to 4 in Shortest Process above happen concurrently to the previous to steps. Entire process takes a minimum of 6 months.

Applications

  • Development Master Application (PDF) - For Planing Commission Combined and Non-combined Development Plans; Concept Plans; Annexation Reviews; Zoning, Re-zoning and Variances; Subdivision Platting; and, Board of Zoning Appeals Requests. INCLUDES FEE SCHEDULE.

RESTAURANT SIDEWALK
CAFES & FURNITURE

To create the vibrancy and energy that you see in our Downtown Historic District, the City of Delaware partnered with MainStreet Delaware to create a way for restaurants to set up sidewalk patio/bistro seating.

The following design guidelines and application process document outlines how you go about getting your sidewalk patio/bistro approved. An application PDF also is below. The application must be accompanied with diagrams of the proposed patio layout in relation to all other items on the sidewalk including trees, trash cans and benches. It must also include images of the desired fencing if you are proposing such. If you are an establishment that sells alcoholic beverages, the Ohio Division of Liquor Control must also approve your sidewalk configuration if you intent to serve alcoholic beverages to patrons in the proposed area.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT INFO FOR RESTAURANTS & FOOD SERVICES

Restaurant and other food related business also must be inspected and permitted by the Delaware General Health District if they are selling retail.

MAPS

OUR BUSINESSES

Nearly 2,000 businesses call the City of Delaware home due to the low cost of doing business here, access to labor and access to local, regional and national markets. Find out more about a few of these businesses here.

BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION PERMITS

WATER & SEWER CAPACITY FEES

We utilize a capacity fee based calculation rather than a tap fee. This fee utilizes Equivalent Domestic Units (EDUs) to calculate a company's capacity fee. To estimate your project's capacity fees, download our Capacity Fee Worksheet (Excel).

SIGN PERMITS

Non-Historic Permanent Signs

For permanent signs in a non-historic area, applicant must submit the following application with renderings of the proposed sign along with a fee of $25 plus $0.75 per sq. ft. of the sign(s). Multiple signs can be included on one application and for one fee.

Non-Historic Temporary Signs

For temporary signs in a non-historic area, applicant must submit the following application with renderings of the proposed sign along with a fee of $25. Multiple signs can be included on one application and for one fee.


Historic District Permanent Signs

For permanent signs in an historic area, applicant must submit the following application with renderings of the proposed sign along with a fee of $50 plus $0.75 per sq. ft. of the sign(s). A Certificate of Appropriateness ($50) also must be completed and submitted. Multiple signs can be included on one application and for one fee.

Historic District Temporary Signs

For temporary signs in an historic area, applicant must submit the following application with renderings of the proposed sign along with a fee of $25. A Certificate of Appropriateness ($50) also must be completed and submitted. Multiple signs can be included on one application and for one fee.


PLANS, STUDIES & REPORTS

CONTACT US


Sean Hughes M.S.
Economic Development Director
Business Concierge
740.203.1016
shughes@delawareohio.net



 Kelsey Scott
 Economic Development  Specialist
 Business Concierge
 740.203.1018
 kscott@delawareohio.net


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