Department of Planning & Zoning

Planning, Building, and Zoning are separate and require separate permits.

Planning pertains to the rules, ordinances, and regulations set forth by the City via the Planning Commission. City Planning sets the look of a city and maintains ordinances through zoning code regulations and permitting. 

Before obtaining a building permit, or starting a business in the City of Munroe Falls, you must first obtain Zoning approval through a Zoning Permit. Zoning is the process of dividing land in a municipality into zones in which certain land uses are permitted or prohibited. The sizes, bulk, and placement of buildings and structures are regulated through this process. The type of use may also determine whether planning permission is needed. Building permits regulate how things are constructed for safety purposes by enforcement of state and local building codes.  

While Zoning permits are issued by the City of Munroe Falls, building permits are issued through our neighboring City of Stow and conform with State of Ohio Building Code regulations. The City of Munroe Falls enlisted the services of the City of Stow to issue all residential and commercial BUILDING permits effective July 1, 2012, and includes permits for all:

  • Building & construction
  • Electric
  • HVAC - Heating & Air Conditioning
  • Plumbing

The City of Stow Building Department will not issue a building permit without proof of Zoning approval from the City of Munroe Falls.

Zoning Permits

View information about Zoning Permits, including steps on how to obtain one. 

Zoning Requirements

Read about the kinds of projects that require Zoning Permits and view information about related permits and plans. 

Zoning Code (Codified Ordinances)

To view the Zoning Codes or the City of  Munroe Falls, please follow the link below:  


Planning Commission Approval

If your project requires site plan review or is a conditionally permitted use, you may need Planning Commission Approval to proceed.

Zoning Variance

If your project fails to comply with the Munroe Falls Zoning Code you may apply to the Board of Zoning Appeals for a variance.

Munroe Falls Zoning Districts Map

Click on the link below to view the City of Munroe Falls Zoning Map or find what zone in which your project is located.