The Building and Zoning Enforcement is handled within the General Government Department. Mark Stewart is the full time Building and Zoning Administrator and is responsible for the day-to-day activity. The purpose of the building codes are to establish the minimum and maximum requirements to safeguard the public health, safety and general welfare through affordability, structural strength, providing safe ways to exit a building, stability, sanitation, adequate light and ventilation, energy conservation, and safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment. The City of Erlanger’s building department accomplishes this by conducting thorough plan reviews and performing field inspections making sure projects are following the approved plans.
Zoning is a set of rules which guide orderly growth and development. Those rules are necessary to keep land from being used inappropriately – to prevent, for example, heavy industry from locating in residential areas. Zoning restrictions outline how land can be used. The basic categories are agricultural, residential, institutional, mixed-use, office, commercial, shopping center, and industrial. Those restrictions also control the type of buildings allowed on the property, how tall they can be, how far they must be set back from the street, and other development standards. Zoning is based on land use policies which control how land can be used in different parts of the country. Landowners and the public have considerable input when those policies are set, through public hearings, community meetings, and comments to the City.