81 Liberty Street

740 927 7717


  • Purpose
  • Zoning Office
  • Board of Zoning Appeals
  • Zoning Commission
  • Board of Trustees
  • LCPC
  • FAQ

Purpose of Zoning

The purpose of Zoning is to guide and regulate the planning, subdividing, and development of land within the township in order to promote and protect the health, safety, morals, and general welfare of the present and future property owners.

Zoning is among the powers given to the township by the state legislature. The Zoning Resolution, together with the Comprehensive Plan, establishes a framework for land use activity within the township. There are several components to zoning and planning within Etna Township.

Zoning Office

In Etna Township the Zoning Office serves as the enforcement authority over the Zoning Resolution. This includes investigating complaints, enforcing compliance, and issuing zoning permits. The Zoning Office also inspects nuisance and junk motor vehicle complaints as well as provides support and guidance to the Board of Zoning Appeals, Zoning Commission, and Board of Trustees in zoning, planning, and land use issues.

Feel free to contact the Zoning Office with any questions regarding the above areas. Additionally, please call or email our department with any complaints regarding zoning violations or nuisance properties. See the Frequently Asked Questions page for questions regarding zoning permits.

Board of Zoning Appeals

The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) consists of five regular members and one alternate member who are citizens of Etna Township, appointed by the Board of Trustees to make quasi-judicial decisions regarding the use of land in the Township. The BZA hears and decides cases on Area Variances, Use Variances, Conditional Uses, and Appeals.

Current Board of Zoning Appeals

Name Position Term
Rick Cox Chairman 1/1/14 – 12/31/18
Kathy Johnston Member 1/1/13 – 12/31/17
Trent Stepp Member 1/1/15 – 12/31/19
Mark Schaff Member 1/1/16 – 12/31/20
Greg Reis Vice Chair 1/1/17 – 12/31/21
Cheri Rogers Alternate  
Laura Brown Clerk  

Meeting Schedule:

The Board of Zoning Appeals has regular meetings on the fourth Tuesday of every month. When necessary, the Board can schedule special additional meetings to meet the needs of applicants. The Board only meets when there are cases to be heard. The application deadline to be heard within the same month is the first Tuesday of each month. The meetings typically start at 6:00 pm and are held at the Etna Township Hall.

Zoning Commission

The Zoning Commission consists of five regular members and two alternate members who are citizens of Etna Township, appointed by the Board of Trustees to make recommendations regarding future development. The Zoning Commission makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees on Zoning Map and Text Amendments as well as any changes or updates to the Comprehensive Plan. In Etna Township the Zoning Commission also serves as the Architectural Review Board and is active in reviewing and updating the township Zoning Resolution.

Current Zoning Commission

Name Position Term
Mark Painter Chairman 1/1/14 – 12/31/18
Lisa Loudenslager Vice-Chairman 1/1/13 – 12/31/17
Dave Olson Member 1/1/15 – 12/31/19
Litichia McIntyre Member 1/1/16 – 12/31/20
Josh DiYanni Member 1/1/17 – 12/31/21
Dan Bell Alternate 1/1/17 - 12/31/21
Laura Brown Clerk  

Meeting Schedule:

The Zoning Commission has regular meetings on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. The meetings start at 6:00 PM and are held at the Etna Township Hall.

Board of Trustees

The Etna Township Board of Trustees makes the final decision regarding any amendments to the township Zoning Resolution, Zoning Map, and Comprehensive Plan. The Board is also responsible for appointing members to the Board of Zoning Appeals and Zoning Commission.

Licking County Planning Commission

The Licking County Planning Commission (LCPC) provides land use planning services to all of Licking County, including Etna Township. Most notably, LCPC provides the following services for the township; reviews and recommendations on all proposed zoning amendments, enforcement of Licking County Subdivision and Access Management Regulations, and enforcement of Floodplain Regulations.

Frequently Asked Questions

1) What types of structures require zoning permits?
Most all structures require zoning permits including sheds, fences, permanent patios, decks, buildings, pergolas, concreted or paved areas (driveways, sidewalks, service walks, etc.), additions, signs, etc.

2) Does the township require permits for yard sales?
No, there are no permits necessary for yard sales within the township.

3) How much does a zoning permit cost?
See the Zoning Application Fee Schedule or contact our department.

4) Do I need to obtain a permit if I'm replacing an existing structure.
No, if you are replacing a legal structure of the same location, height, and size, then replacement of the structure is considered maintenance.

5) What do I do if I have a neighbor or a property in my neighborhood that is not maintaining the vegetation or trash on their property?
Please contact the zoning department so that they can assist the Board of Trustees to abate the nuisance.

6) Do I need to give my name when making a complaint about a zoning violation or nuisance property?
No, you are not required to give your name when making an informal complaint about a zoning violation or nuisance property. If you do give your name informally the zoning department will not give out that information. Only if you fill out a formal complaint or send the complaint in written form (email, letter, etc.) will your name be available for the public to view.



1. Table of Contents
2. Community Character
3. Economic Development
4. Community Involvement
5. Vision Land Use/Focus Area
6. Land Use Description
7. Community Goals
8. Implementation Guide
9. Appendix


Contact the Zoning Department

John Singleton
81 Liberty Street
PO Box 188
Etna, OH 43018-0188

Phone: 740-927-7717
Fax: 740-927-1699
Email: Click to send email

To ensure that we can serve you as efficiently as possible, please contact our office and make an appointment before stopping at the township hall.

Applications &


Business Certificate of Occupancy Application
Residential Certificate of Occupancy Application
Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Application
  (Temporary Occupancy for Residential,     Events, or Businesses)
Principle & Accessory Structure Application
  (New residential or commercial buildings,     additions/alterations, decks, sheds, patios,     paved walks or driveways, etc.)
Fence Application
Sign Application
Area Variance Application
Use Variance Application

Conditional Use Application

Zoning Amendment Application
    (Rezoning/Zoning Map Amendment or     Zoning Text Amendment)
Zoning Permit Amendment Application
  (Amending existing zoning permit where     structure has not yet been constructed)

Preliminary Development Plan Application
Zoning Application Fee Schedule