Engineering & Zoning

Engineering & Zoning

The Division of Engineering is located on the second floor of City Hall and is responsible for housing the vast majority of maps and infrastructure construction plans within the City. We maintain current city maps of all types, including zoning maps, flood zone maps, and ward & precinct maps. We also are involved with all aspects of the City’s infrastructure, from plan reviews by residential and commercial developers, plan design for our own projects, construction inspection, and project administration and record keeping. We work with nearly every City division to provide technical assistance on their projects or mapping needs.

The City Engineer’s office is the contact for all items related to the City of Newark Zoning Code and Flood Ordinance. In addition to zoning permits, the Division of Engineering also issues demolition, use of public right-of-way, and curb cuts or driveway permits.

City Hall Building 

40 West Main Street, 2nd fl. Newark OH, 43055

Main Engineering Phone:

(740) 670-7727

Zoning Phone:

(740) 670-7729


Office Hours: 

8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m. 
Monday through Friday, excluding Holidays

Zoning/Planning/BZA Fees Effective 11/1/23

Zoning Permits:

  • Residential:
    • New Build $225
    • Addition $50
  • Commercial:
    • New build $500
    • Addition $150
  • Accessory Structures $30
Sign Permits:
  • Sign Face Area = 1-40 Sq. Ft. $145
  • Sign Face Area = 41-300 Sq. Ft. $225
Board of Zoning Appeals:
  • Appeal/Variance
    • Residential (1 & 2 Family Dwellings) $75
    • Commercial or Multi-Family Dwellings $200
  • Off-Premise Variable Message Sign $150
Planning Commission:
  • Lot Split/Combination/Re-Plat $50
  • Zoning District Change $300
  • Site Plan Review $0
  • Planned Unit Development Preliminary Review $300
  • Planned Unit Development Final Review $300
  • Residential $75
  • Commercial $150
  • Accessory Structure $25
Flood Plain Development:
  • Application $50
  • Variance $200
  • Change of Use $0
  • Temporary Structure/Storage Unit/Pod/Bin Permit $30

Street Resurfacing

2023 Street Resurfacing Map and List

Below is the 2023 Street Resurfacing Map and List. This project entails 8.4 miles of paving with an overall budget of $1.6 Million. The project will be completed no later than the fall of 2023. 

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission considers applications for land use, zoning classifications or districts and review and recommends legislation, rules and regulations on all matters of municipal planning, land use, and zoning classification. Learn More here

Zoning Code & Plan Approval

The Division of Zoning now has an online submittal process for Zoning, Sign, and Accessory Structure Permits. Please click on the appropriate link below

Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA)

The Board of Zoning Appeals considers appeals for exceptions to and variances in the application of resolutions, ordinances, regulations, other legislative measures and administrative determinations governing zoning in the City. Learn more here.

Why Roundabouts?


  • 35% Reduction in total crashes
  • 76% Reduction in injury crashes
  • 81% Reduction in fatal crashes
  • 30-40% Reduction in pedestrian crashes

Compared to signalized intersections, as published in NCHRP Report 572, Roundabouts in the United States, Transportation Research Board, 2007


  • Severe crash types nearly eliminated (no head-on, angle, and left turn crashes)
  • Fewer conflict points (vehicles and pedestrians) (less conflict = less crash potential)
  • Vehicle speeds are reduced through geometry (slower speeds = decrease in crash severity)
  • Shorter pedestrian crossing widths (less time in street = less potential for crash)
  • No ability to speed up to “beat the light”
  • No red light running
  • No left turn crossing conflicts (with pedestrians and opposing traffic)
  • Driver’s attention is focused on the roadway, not up at traffic signals


  • Keep traffic moving
  • Shorter delays and queues
  • Signals are much less efficient during off-peak times (waiting at red light with no conflicting traffic)


  • Cheaper than signals when planned with roadway reconstruction work and built within existing right-of-way
  • Signals have added monthly electrical bills
  • Signals have added maintenance costs (see below)


  • Little maintenance required (landscaping and signage only)
  • Signals require annual inspections
  • Signals require equipment repairs and upgrades
  • Signals can malfunction and are subject to power outages


  • Less air and noise pollution (less stop and start)
  • Less energy consumption (gas for cars and electricity from signals)
  • Landscaping opportunities


  • Yield to pedestrians at the entering crosswalk
  • Yield to traffic inside the roundabout (look left)
  • Yield to pedestrians at the exiting crosswalk


 Licking County Building Code Department is the agency responsible for the enforcement of residential and commercial building codes within the City of Newark. Please call 740-349-6671, or visit for details.

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