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If you are an existing Blue Ash business or are planning to locate in Blue Ash, this section of our website will help you understand how to work through permitting requirements for new construction, additions, renovations, and any other development related plans you may have. Please read, understand, and follow the instructions contained here, so that we can work together to keep your project on schedule.
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The most common development processes and issues are covered here and most forms and instructions are available for download. If you have any questions or need clarification, please call us at 513-745-8520.
Keys to Success
Call us as early as possible when you begin to plan a development or building project. Any information you share will be held in confidence until you actually apply for permits. We realize that confidentiality is important in a competitive business and real estate environment and we will not violate your trust.
A typical development process should follow these steps:
As you prepare, please keep in mind that it is easier for the City to respond quickly and with accurate information if you come to us early and with a well-thought-out plan. The more details you can provide help to ensure that you get complete answers and good directions right from the start. It is very difficult for us to identify potential pitfalls if you provide incomplete information. We don't know what you know…you have to ask the right questions and tell us what you know. If you have read this site, you will be much better off.
You are free to stop in the Community Development office at any time. However, for the most comprehensive service, please call to arrange a meeting so that we can be prepared to discuss the specifics of your project.
If you have a development team or in some other way have more than one person working on a project, it is very helpful if you designate and use a primary contact so that at least one person has all of the information. There are too many examples of people not passing information on to the entire team, which can cause unnecessary delays and problems.
What You Can Expect From Us
The City of Blue Ash and the Community Development department will make every effort to help you through the development process in a quick, efficient, and smooth manner. Zoning, building, engineering and other permitting fees are referenced throughout this site. Timelines are also referenced and explained and may vary widely depending on the type of project you have planned.
We will be upfront with information and will offer insight relative to zoning approvals. We will treat every person who seeks assistance with respect and honesty.
Development Process and Permit Approvals
To expedite your understanding of the development process in Blue Ash, click on the categorized links below or in the navigation bar to the left at the top of the page.
There may be permits required to run a business in Blue Ash, whether you decide to buy or lease, occupy or renovate existing space, or build new. Information about planning, zoning approvals, and site and construction permitting is provided.
Zoning approval is required for all permits. While most approvals are administrative, special requirements apply in certain situations.
A business new to Blue Ash, an existing business that relocates to a new facility, or a business that expands in the same location will potentially require an Occupancy Permit that verifies compliance with Zoning, Building, and Fire Safety regulations.
When properties are for sale or when a property owner seeks to refinance a mortgage, potential lenders and new owners often wish to have some verification from the City that the property is in compliance with Building, Zoning, and Property Maintenance regulations. Information about compliance processes is also available.
If an existing land parcel is large enough to contain more than one building, together with parking and other required site amenities, then the property owner may wish to legally divide the land and sell the resulting lots individually.
The entire Municipal Code is accessible at www.conwaygreene.com/blueash.htm. Please call to verify your understanding of the Code before proceeding since the on-line version may not always be completely updated.