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How to find county and city ordinances on the web

by Lynn Lenart, Law Librarian on February 20, 2009

in Legal Resources,Lynn Lenart

Is it permissible to give someone a ride on your bicycle handlebars?

I think my apartment is unsafe.  Where can I find the unsafe building standards?

What are the official measurements for a cord of wood?

How can I stop solicitors, peddlers, and canvassers from coming to my home?

Is there a leash law for dogs in Summit County?

For those living in Summit County, but outside the Akron municipal limits, you can find the answers to these questions and much more, in the Summit County Ordinances. 

What else can you find in the county ordinances? 

The county ordinances include:

1. Summit County Charter

2. Administrative Code – lays out the structure of the county government.

3. Traffic Code- county law concerning pedestrians, cars, motorcycles, bicycles, snowmobiles, all purpose vehicles and watercraft.

4. General Offenses Code- county criminal code, animal control, and health and safety regulations.

5. Business Regulations and Taxation Code- regulations for specific types of businesses and consumer protection.

6. Environmental Services Code – codes concerning highway, sewers, water, riparian and storm water.

7. Subdivision Regulations – design, landscaping, street, utility and construction standards for subdivisions.

8. Building Code- licensing, permits, inspections, and local building safety provisions.

As with all law, you want to make sure you are using the most current version of the code.  Current updates to the code are found on the Council site.     

Also check out other services and additional information on the Summit County web site. 

What if you do not live in Summit County?

For Medina, Portage and Stark county government web sites, go to this web page for links to all 88 counties. 

Answers to the above questions:
  • Is it permissible to give someone a ride on your bicycle handlebars? See Traffic Code 373.02.
  • I think my apartment is unsafe.  Where can I find the unsafe building standards? See Building Code 134.3.
  • What are the official measurements for a cord of wood? See Business Regulations 733.02.
  • How can I stop solicitors, peddlers, and canvassers from coming to my home? See Consumer Protection 775.
  • Is there a leash law for dogs in Summit County? See General Offenses- Animal Control 505.02.

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Akron City Ordinances~

How many adult dogs may I own in the city of Akron?

What are the rules for owning a Pit Bull Terrier?

Where can I find a copy of Akron's law on the speed detection cameras?

For people living within the city of Akron, use the Akron Municipal Code to answer the above questions.   

Here is how the municipal code is organized:

1. Akron City Charter

2. Administration- structure of the city government.

3. Public Works- regulations for sewers, water, garbage.

4. Traffic Code- pedestrian, parking and traffic rules.

5. General Regulations- health, safety, littering, animals, trees and shrubs.

6. Business Regulations- covers general business as well as specific types of businesses.

7. General Offenses- criminal offenses.

8. Land Usage- covers environmental health housing code, subdivision regulations, trailer parks and the zoning code.

9. Building Code- requirements and safety, amusement devices, dwellings, swimming pools, excavation, grading and the usual electrical, heating, plumbing and ventilation regulations.

The Akron Municipal Code is current through October 2008.  To update the municipal code, go to the Akron City Council web page and click on "Legislation."  This gives a listing of the recently approved ordinances and proposed legislation that the city government is considering.

Here is the link to the city of Akron web page.  Check out the e-services box for the link to the municipal code and the other useful information posted by the city.

 For other municipal web sites in Summit County go to this web page and click on a community on the map.  If your community is outside of Summit County, this web page links to many Ohio villages and towns.  Not all municipalities have copies of their ordinances available on the web.   

My next post will review useful income tax web pages.

 

 Answers to the above city law questions: 

How many adult dogs may I own in the city of Akron?  See General Regulations â Animals 92.28

What are the rules for owning a Pit Bull Terrier?  See General Regulations â Control of Dogs 92.25

Where can I find a copy of Akron's law on the speed detection cameras?  See Traffic Code 79.01. 

 

 

 

{ 1 comment }

Mark Williams September 15, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Outdoor charcoal grilling restrictions:

Hello, I am a new Ohio resident and trying to find out what the restrictions are, if any, for outdoor charcoal grilling in Stark County and Jackson Township, where I currently reside. Specifically, would charcoal grilling be allowed on an open, outside deck or balcony attached to an apartment dwelling? Thanks!

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