Code Enforcement

The City of Bowling Green Code Enforcement is responsible for enforcing a variety of City Ordinances, however, zoning ordinances are one of the main areas of enforcement activities.  Code Enforcement strives for achieving voluntary compliance, with the ultimate goal of providing a high quality of life for Bowling Green residents.  A proactive approach to equitable enforcement of City Ordinances is utilized, however, residents are encouraged to contact the City with concerns, also.

Common Code Enforcement activities are broad, but often include:

  • Illegal use / over-occupancy of dwelling units
  • Parking on illegal surfaces (such as stone and grass)
  • Inoperable vehicles
  • Parking of boats and/or recreational vehicles
  • Illegal construction (no permit or structure does not meet minimum regulations)
  • Illegal signs (no permit or sign is not located in the proper location)
  • Noxious weeds/tall grass (8 inches and taller)
  • Snow removal on sidewalks
  • Maintaining visibility triangles and visible structure addresses
  • Maintaining a list of nonconforming uses that pre-date 1975 Zoning Code (click here for list)
  • Relaying all other concerns to the property authority (such as interior/exterior housing maintenance and sanitation issues to the Wood County Health Department, heavy items left in the right-of-way to Public Works, etc.)
  • Assisting with permitting for a-frame signs and outdoor dining for the downtown

Further information can be found under Informational Handouts and Frequently Asked Questions.

Planning Department
(419) 354-6218
304 N. Church St.
Bowling Green, OH  43402
bgplans@bgohio.org