Planning Department

The City sponsored a public educational workshop titled “We have a plan, now what? ”  On Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the Wood County Public Library.  Kirby Date, a community planner, reviewed best land use practices and potential ordinance revisions that will facilitate implementation of the Future Land Use Plan.  Please click here to view the presentation by Ms. Date.  Also, click here to view the brief review and update of the Land Use Plan that was presented prior to introducing Ms. Date.  For additional information about the Ohio Balanced Growth Program, you can view the website.

The Future Land Use Section of the Comprehensive Plan was supported by a Resolution adopted by Council with a 7-0 vote on October 20, 2014.  The City appreciates the time and effort of the community with this process!

The plan can be read by clicking here.

Residents are reminded of the requirement to keep yards clear of noxious weeds.  Additionally, grass 8 inches or taller in height is a violation and a process of enforcement will be followed, according to Section 99.20 the Codified Ordinances.

Click on the link to view the City of Bowling Green’s 2011 Exterior Housing Evaluation Survey.  A map of the neighborhood sections is accessible by clicking here.  The Wood County Health Department conducts this survey every 5 years.  Please call the Planning office at (419) 354-6218 or the Wood County Health Department at (419) 352-8402 for any concerns regarding sanitation or health-related issues for a structure or property (such as litter removal, unsafe structures, peeling paint, etc.).  Click here to review the health department complaint procedure.

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The City Planning Department is charged with the responsibility of carrying out the City’s planning function including the preparation and updating of the City’s Comprehensive Master Plan.  The Department also administers some Ordinances implementing the adopted Plan.

These implementation mechanisms include The Access Management Policies and Guidelines, the Subdivision Regulations, and the Zoning Code.  Additionally, the Department has oversight of the contract with the Wood County Health Department for the Housing Code.

There are two (2) documents that pertain to all residents, both owners and renters, that you should familiarize yourself with.  They are the City Snow Removal Brochure and an informational letter regarding the posting of addresses on your home or apartment as well as places of business.  For helpful information regarding landlord/tenant rights and obligations refer to this link to the Ohio State Bar

The Department can be reached, by telephone, at 419-354-6218.  The e-mail address is

For information regarding Building Inspection: or call 419.354.9190
For information regarding civil citations/fines: or call 419.352.5263

For information regarding underground utility location: or call 1.800.362.2764