Planning Department

Planning Commission meeting –
June 2, 2021

The public can attend in-person or watch the meeting live on the City’s YouTube Live channel –  Those wishing to address the Commission during the hearing, who may not want to attend in-person due to safety concerns, can submit comments in writing by email to , by mail to the City of Bowling to the attention of the Planning Department, or by placement in the drop box outside the City Building by Monday, February 1, 2021 no later than 4:30 p.m.   If a citizen wishes to attend via Zoom to provide comment, please contact the Planning Department for information at (419) 354-6218 by Monday, February 1, 2021 no later than 4:30 p.m.

Diagnostic Report of Zoning Code

Draft Gateway Zoning District

East Wooster Development Plan


Community Action Plan:

East Wooster Development Plan:

For information regarding Planning Commission , Zoning Board of Appeals, or any other Planning Department meetings please contact us at 419-354-6218.  We will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have or provide information.

What We Do

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.

For helpful information regarding landlord/tenant rights click here.

Health, Safety or Sanitation Concerns

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, with the next survey commencing in spring of 2016.  Please call the Planning office at (419) 354-6218 or the Wood County Health Department at (419) 354-2702 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.  Click here for contact information on how to determine if your house or apartment is safe and up to code.

Over occupancy

In 2019, the City was issued a judgement and court order from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio Western Division about the City’s occupancy standards within the zoning code (150.19 and 150.20 in combination with the definitions in 150.03).  These sections of the zoning code essentially limited single family dwellings, zoned R-1 and R-2, from having more than three unrelated people living within a respective home.

What the Court ordered:

The Court ordered that the three unrelated standard cannot be used.  The Court further ordered that the permitted occupancy level shall be one unrelated person per bedroom, authorized bedrooms as determined “according to the plans for the residence as originally submitted to the building official with the jurisdiction over the City of Bowling Green or as subsequently altered pursuant to permit duly issued by said building official.  Nothing in this Order shall be construed as limiting new construction or new additions to existing structures in the future so long as a permit has been issued by said building official.  Under no circumstances shall dining rooms, living rooms, kitchens, or any space other than a designated bedroom, be counted as bedrooms for purposes of this Order.”

How will the City enforce occupancy?

The City, following this order, will enforce occupancy based on the number of bedrooms as determined by the Wood County Building Department and as cited on the Wood County Auditor’s website –

Has the zoning code been updated since this order?

No, the zoning code remains; however, the Court’s standard will be used.  In 2020 and 2021, the entire zoning code will be reviewed and updated.  During this process the applicable sections of the zoning code will be amended to reflect the Court’s order.

Building Inspection

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