Home Rule Townships

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Chapter 504 of the Ohio Revised Code

Authority Granted to Home Rule Townships

  • May provide water and sewer services by contract (504.18)
  • May hire an independent engineer for road projects (5543.01, 5573.01)
  • May increase debt limitation an additional ½% by the trustees, and an additional 5% with the approval of the voters (133.09)
  • May adopt local building code and standards (504.13)
  • May exercise all powers of local self-government within the unincorporated portion of the township (504.04)
  • May adopt and enforce within the unincorporated area of the township local police, sanitary, and other similar regulations that are not in conflict with general laws. (504.04)
  • May adopt and enforce within the unincorporated area of the township any resolution of a type described in Section 503.52 or 503.60 of the Revised Code relating to sexually oriented businesses and residency regulation of sex or child victim offenders
  • May adopt broader zoning authority allowing for welfare of the community based zoning.