PERMITS REQUIRED TO OPERATE A BUSINESS IN GREENHILLS
Thank you for your interest in Greenhills! Did you know Greenhills is one of three federally planned and constructed greenbelt communities in the nation? Developed by the government in the 1930’s, the purpose of the federal greenbelt project was to supply jobs and to offer an escape from the congested inner city neighborhoods through the construction of a small town with plenty of park-like areas surrounded by a greenbelt. Greenhills still provides that peaceful respite! Of the three greenbelt communities, Greenhills is the only one that has maintained its greenbelt, giving its residents and businesses a very unique setting.
The oldest portion of Greenhills – which includes the Village Center which is also our business district – was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1989, and in 2016 was designated a NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK. The designation was based on the community’s planning and development. The original “garden city” plan remains intact: curving streets, walking paths that all lead to the Village Center, and the encircling greenbelt.
THE BASICS OF ESTABLISHING AND OPERATING A BUSINESS IN GREENHILLS
Greenhills has its own Building Department that issues both building and electrical permits. Plumbing permits are issued by Hamilton County Public Health District.
STEP #1: CHECK ZONING
Whether you are going to locate a business in Greenhills or remodel/renovate/repair your current space in Greenhills, always start by obtaining a zoning determination from Greenhills. All uses of property within Greenhills require approval of the Village of Greenhills. Completing and submitting the Zoning Certificate form (available on this website) gives the Village the opportunity to review your ideas and point you towards your next steps.
STEP #2: PERMITS
When do you need a permit?
All construction activity to enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system requires a Building Permit.
Will you need to make any changes to the space you want to occupy?
If the answer is YES, you will need to complete the Building Permit application form and submit it with the appropriate attachments to Greenhills. The application is available on this website under :DEPARTMENTS, BUILDING AND ZONING.
If the answer is NO, you need to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy. To do this you will need to complete a Building Permit application and submit it to Greenhills along with a sketch of the floor plan indicating how the space will be used, the size of the rooms, the location of exit doors, etc. After submittal and review, an inspection will be done by both the Building Department and the Fire Department to verify that no serious hazards are present and all like safety devices (fire extinguishers, emergency lighting, exit signs and fire suppression systems, etc.) are properly functioning.
STEP #3: SIGNAGE
√ Check with the Village before erecting any signage. Most signs require permits.
√ Absolutely no signage or displays can be mounted on a roof.
√ Wall signs must be channel letters; freestanding signs must be ground mounted.
√ A business may put a sign on or over a show window or door of a store or business establishment announcing, without display or elaboration, the name of the proprietor and the nature of the business.
√ Temporary signs and displays are permitted with the advanced approval of the Greenhills Municipal Manager.
√ All signs must apply to the property on which they are located and should be kept in good shape. Signage should be removed when no longer applicable.
→ All commercial, business, service and retail operations must occur within an enclosed building unless a conditional use permit is obtained.
→ Outdoor sales may occur for a limited time IF approved in advance by Greenhills.
→ Outdoor storage of any kind is prohibited.
→ Business fronts must have a minimum of 50% transparency (transparent windows and doors).
→ Dumpsters should be kept within a 3-sided enclosure.
→ The public right-of-way should always be kept clear. Do not place signage, plantings, or other items, or conduct private business on the right of way.
Greenhills Zoning Department #825-2100
Greenhills Building Depar #745-0370
Public Health District #946-7800
(For issues that threaten health, such as food, housing, landfills, plumbing, sewage, private water septic systems, solid waste, etc.)
Gtr. Cincinnati Water Wor #591-7700
Duke Energy #1-800-544-6900
Metropolitan Sewer District #352-4900
Greenhills Administrative Offi #825-2100
Greenhills Police Dept.
GREENHILLS COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT AREA PROGRAM
Greenhills is pleased to offer tax incentives to encourage private investment in the Village. The Community Reinvestment Area program is intended to promote revitalization by offering property tax exemptions for any increased property valuation that result from renovation of existing structures or new construction activities within the designated area.
Greenhills has 2 reinvestment area:
The boundaries of the first CRA mirror – for the most part -- the Village’s historic district. It also includes the American Legion building and the former Johnny’s Toys building. Click here to view the map for CRA #1. A specific list of addresses included in CRA #1 can be viewed by clicking here.
The boundaries of the second CRA include Damon, Dayspring, Deerhill and industrial property located along Sharon Road. Click here to view the map for CRA #2. A specific list of addresses included in CRA #2 can be viewed by clicking here.
In either Area, if you are contemplating a residential project, you can view the exemption application by clicking here.
For both reinvestment areas, the percentage of the exempted amount and the term of the exemptions vary according to the type of investment, as indicated below:
1)75% tax exemption for 10 years for the remodeling of a residential structure containing not more than 2 housing units when the cost of remodeling is at least $2,500
2)75% tax exemption for 12 years for the remodeling of a residential structure containing not more than 3 housing units when the cost of remodeling is at least $5,000
3)75% tax exemption for 15 years for new construction of a building containing not more than 3 housing units
4)Up to a 75% tax exemption for up to 12 years, as negotiated on a case-by-case basis in advance of the project moving forward, for commercial remodeling projects and for residential remodeling projects involving more than 3 housing units
5)Up to a 75% tax exemption for up to 15 years, as negotiated on a case-by-case basis in advance of the project moving forward, for new construction of commercial facilities or residential projects involving more than 3 housing units