Zoning Information


The Shawnee Township Zoning Office will be open on a limited basis starting October 7th with the hours of 4:00PM to 6:00PM -Monday-Friday or by Appointment.  We encourage you to submit applications & attachments for permits electronically through the townships e-mail system being zoning@shawneetownship.com.  Hard copies may be left  at the Admin. Assistant's Desk or Police Dispatch desk anytime.   

Please allow 48-72 hours for processing of applications as this office is open on part time basis.  Zoning and permit inquiries can be made by calling 419-991-8706 and direct your call to the Zoning Department Voice Mail Box.  Calls will be returned when back in office.

I.     Building and Construction Permits

Residential, Commercial and Industrial construction require an  application for Building & Construction completed in its entirety.  This includes but not limited to all new construction, room additions, accessory building, pools, fences, and ponds.

Permits are required for: Most buildings that are intended for human and animal habitation or use.  Most remodeling that changes the building's footprint; In-Ground and Permanent Above Ground Swimming Pools; Ponds and Lakes; Permanent Out Buildings; Building Demolitions; Signage; Wind Generators; Solar Energy Systems; Fences; Vendors and Door to Door Sales.

Permits are not required for:  Most remodeling that does not change the building footprint; Uncovered Structures to include decks, swimming pool aprons, patios, side walks, driveways, parking areas, porches, and breezeways (open roof or lattice is not covered; Seasonal Swimming Pools; Mail Box and Mail Box Enclosures; Basketball Hoops; Trellises; Private Utility Poles; Signs (Some); Temp. Out Buildings/Garden Sheds on stone or brick; Roofing & Siding Projects.
II.     Building and Construction Permit Documentation Needed

Building and Construction Application; A Site Plan showing existing structures and all new building areas; All set back measurements from property lines to proposed structure clearly identified; Proposed building drawings showing all views, elevations, materials, and foundation.  Some plans in neighborhood developments require a landscape and lighting plan.  Shawnee Township does not conduct building code inspections of Residential Structures.  It is the owners responsibility to utilize a professional and licensed contractor for safety and insurance liability.   

Commercial and Industrial Construction Projects and additionally overseen by the Lima Allen County Building Department and require a separate application and permit from their agency as well as Shawnee Townships permitting requirements. The Lima / Allen County Building Department will not process Commercial and Industrial Construction Projects without providing their office a copy of Shawnee Townships Zoning Permit. 
Please ensure that you check your parcel for actual lot size dimensions, any easements that would prohibit construction in that area, and deed or neighborhood covenants that are in force and effect in your area.  This is available at Allen County Auditor's Web Site and well as Allen County Recorder's Office, located on 2nd floor of Allen County Court House on Main Street. 


Zoning Forms & Applications