Development

The Butler SWCD staff provides guidance and technical assistance to the Butler County Planning and Zoning Department by performing natural resource reviews for subdivisions. Additionally, we are available to conduct plan reviews for township planning and zoning departments. On an individual basis, our specialists can assist county residents with property purchasing due-diligence to help prospective landowners better understand environment-related limitations on a site. 

Permits

Soil and Water Management Standards

Low Impact Development

Local Regulatory Authority & Agencies

 

 
Permits

Soil & Water Management Standards - Butler County Subdivision Regulations, Article VII

Earth Moving Permit - Sites submitted through the County Subdivision Process

Lot ESC Permit - Individual lots applying for a Building Permit

Soil & Water Management Standards

Butler County Subdivision Regulations, Artilce VII

 

 
 

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Effective January 19, 2012 - Butler County has revised the Butler County Subdivision Regulations which are administered, in part, by the Butler County Storm Water District. These changes bring Butler County's erosion and sediment control (ESC) standards up-to-date with federal and state requirements for the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Construction General Permit and protect our natural resources during all phases of development. These regulations include a fee schedule for the plan review(s) and inspections of subdivision and individual lot developments and enforcement procedures for non-compliant sites. The following sections describe the process and requirements for the Butler County Earth Moving Permit and the Butler County Lot ESC Permit.

 

The Butler County Earth Moving Permit (EMP) is

  • Required for new development projects that are governed by the Butler County Subdivision Regulations.

  • Required prior to any earth disturbing activity including, clearing, grubbing, and cut/fill activities.

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Earth Moving Permit (EMP)
  • Submit a completed EMP application, appropriate fees (see below), and ESC or Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) to the Butler County Planning Department.

  • If plan revisions are required, a letter will be sent to all applicable parties describing the nature of the required revisions.

  • Once all items are approved, the EMP applicant must contact the Butler County Stormwater District (513-867-5774) to ensure:

    • Necessary pre-construction meetings are held

    • The proper parties are included on the approved EMP

    • Routine inspections throughout the lifetime of the project

    • Proper records are maintained such as status reports

    • Violations of the ESC or SWPPP are enforced as authorized by ORC 307.79

    • The EMP is released after all earth disturbing activities are complete and the site is stabilized with permanent vegetation. 

 

EMP Fee Schedule; Confirm Fee Amounts with BC Planning Commission

Residential Subdivision – $75/disturbed acre (Min=$1,000 and Max=$5,000)

Commercial Subdivision – $100/disturbed acre (Min=$2,000 and Max=$10,000)

* Checks should be made payable to the Butler County Planning Commission.

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Beckett Ridge Old World Bakery proposal for Liberty Township. Journal-News 7/22/15. 

Lot ESC Permit

The Butler County Lot ESC Permit is

  • Required for new construction on a single lot where earth disturbing activities equal or exceed one acre.

  • Required for new construction on a single lot that is part of a greater plan of development (e.g. new home building site within a subdivision).

  • Required prior to any earth disturbing activity including, clearing, grubbing, and cut/fill activities.

 

Lot ESC Permit Process

  • Submit a completed Butler County Lot ESC Permit application, appropriate fees (see below), and ESC or Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) to the Butler County Building and Zoning Department.

  • Butler County Storm Water District staff will review the submitted items for completeness within five business days. If plan revisions are required, they will be communicated during a preconstruction meeting or via mail/email. 

  • Once all items are approved, the ESC applicant will work with the Butler County Stormwater District (513-867-5744) to ensure:

    • Necessary preconstruction meetings are held

    • The proper parties are included on the approved Lot ESC Permit

    • Routine inspections will be performed to ensure compliance

    • Proper records are maintained such as status reports

    • Violations of the ESC or SWPPP are enforced as authorized by ORC 307.79

    • The ESC is released after all earth disturbing activities are complete and the site is established with permanent vegetation.

 

Lot ESC Permit Fee Schedule; Confirm Fee Amounts with BC Building Department

Residential Lots – $30/lot

Commercial Lots – $100/lot

* Checks should be made payable to the Butler County Building Department.

For questions related to enforcement and permissible uses, please contact these local regulatory authorities & agencies: 

 

Butler County Engineers Office Website | Phone: 513-867-5744

  • Erosion & sediment control standards

  • Stormwater infrastructure (culverts, basins, storm drains etc.)

  • Property lines, easements, right-of-ways

Butler County Water & Sewer Department | Website | Phone: 513-887-3066

  • Water utility issues and billing

  • Drinking water and wastewater

Butler County Building and Zoning | Website | Phone: 513-887-3205

  • Zoning, building permits, earth moving permit, lot ESC permit, etc.

  • Floodplain management

Butler County Health Department | Website | Phone: 513-863-1770

  • Septic treatment system issues and testing

  • Well water testing

Butler County OSU Extension Office | Website | Phone: 513-887-3722

  • Tree identification and management 

  • Soil testing

Groundwater Consortium | Website | Phone: 513-785-2464

Groundwater source delineation, protection, pollution, management, education

Reporting illegal dumping, illicit discharge, or other water pollution issues

  • If you are witnessing an illegal dumping in progress, please call 911

  • If you suspect that the illegally dumped material is hazardous, contact Ohio EPA’s 24-hour Emergency Response Hotline 1-800-282-9378

  • For non-hazardous material, contact Butler County Storm Water District  513-785-4120

  • For jurisdictions outside of Butler County, call the Stormwater Collaborative Hotline 513-946-3999

  • For information on proper waste disposal, contact Butler County Recycling & Solid Waste District 513-887-3653

 

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