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Buildings: Exterior painting/siding, structural integrity, presence of basic utilities, sanitary interior surfaces, light/ventilation, plumbing/electrical equipmentSites: Tall grass/weeds, garbage accumulation, grading/drainage, inoperable vehicles, parking in the grass.The City of Xenia currently utilizes an amended version of the 2012 International Property Maintenance Code published by the International Code Council. The code is located in Title 6 of Part 14 of the Xenia Codified Ordinances. Click here to access it!
If you are someone who does not have plans to improve your property, you will indirectly benefit from the CRA program because it will encourage improvement of other Xenia properties as well as business attraction and expansion, which can improve the value of your property as well as Xenia’s general quality of life.
It is important to note that projects must add substantially to the taxable real property value in order to realize significant savings through an abatement. Projects involving new construction, significant expansions, and major rehabilitation (i.e. gutting/reconstructing the interior of a building) will generally add substantial taxable value. Smaller remodeling projects, such as replacing a roof, windows, siding, flooring, appliances, cabinets or furnishings may not result in any change in taxable value.
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a show by a licensed exhibitor.
1.4G FireworksCommonly referred to as consumer fireworks, these include firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles and fountains. A license is needed to sell these, but anyone over the age of 18 may purchase these items, but must sign a form certifying they will take the fireworks outside the state of Ohio within 48 hours. It’s illegal to set them off in Ohio.
The Division of State Fire Marshal operates a Fireworks Incident Team (FIT) to respond to the scene of any fireworks accident to investigate and assist local authorities. Investigations by FIT have led to both administrative and criminal action being taken against exhibitors who fail to follow the regulations.
Only licensed fireworks exhibitors can perform fireworks exhibitions. Exhibitors must undergo 6 hours of training on fireworks laws and safety every 3, and must, in turn, relay that training to all employees annually.
There is a $0.07 per page charge for a report; however, we waive the fee for a request involving 10 pages or less.
Additonally, Accident reports only are available online via the link. There is a fee of $3.00 or you can obtain a free copy at the records division.
Online Accident Reports
Inexpensive household smoke detectors sound an alarm, alerting you to a fire. By giving you time to escape, smoke detectors cut your risk of dying in a home fire nearly in half. Smoke detectors save so many lives that most states have laws requiring them in private homes.
We strongly suggest smoke detectors be installed inside every bedroom; this is a code requirement for new homes but older homes may need additional smoke detectors added. For the hearing impaired, there are smoke detectors that flash a strobe light in addition to sounding an audible alarm.
For extra protection, NFPA suggests installing additional detectors in dining rooms, furnace rooms, utility rooms, and hallways. Smoke detectors are not recommended for kitchens, bathrooms, garages, or attics and other unheated spaces – where cooking fumes, steam, humidity and temperature changes might affect a detector's operation.
The problems associated with vacant buildings and the costs they create for local governments are well-documented and have been tragically proven on some occasions, as explained below:
Police demand. Vacant buildings are susceptible to illegal activities such as squatters, vandalism, theft, and arson due to a lack of on-site supervision or security.
Fire protection hazards. Thousands of fires break out in vacant structures each year in the US, mostly resulting from arson, resulting in tens of millions in of dollars in property damage. Fires in vacant buildings lead to thousands of firefighter injuries every year and have even led to deaths of firefighters in instances such as Worcester, Massachusetts (1999) and Chicago (2010).
Code enforcement. The lack of supervision associated with vacant buildings often coincides with a lack of maintenance, leading to accumulations of trash, tall grass/weeds, and neglect of building maintenance. The process of identifying and contacting owners requires a disproportionate amount of code enforcement staff time. These buildings also create direct costs for local governments associated with actions such as boarding up, mowing, and demolition.
Local government costs. A 2008 study conducted by Community Research Partners conservatively estimated that annual costs from code enforcement, fire and police protection, and tax loss associated with vacant buildings ranged from $20 per household in Columbus to $200 per household in Dayton and Cleveland. Lost property tax revenues account for 75% of this impact.
Lower property values. Prolonged vacancy creates uncertainty for surrounding property owners and can signal that a neighborhood is on the decline. Lack of adequate maintenance can create eyesores that detract from the desirability of a neighborhood. Studies have shown, at least with residential properties, that properties located on the same block or otherwise within close proximity to an abandoned property are generally reduced by $4,411 to $8,750 (according to the 2008 Community Research Partners study).
Lower tax revenues. Lower property values lead to lower property tax collection. In commercial/ industrial buildings, vacancy means a lost opportunity for income tax generation. Tax delinquency is also often correlated with vacancy. If a property must be demolished due to deferred maintenance, then taxable revenue is reduced even further.
A commercial or industrial building is defined as any structure or part thereof, that is used, or designed to be used, for any private manufacturing, industrial, or commercial business purposes whether or not legally zoned for such use.
Provide proof of general liability insurance covering the building in an amount not less than $1 million.
Provide a plan for securing, rehabilitating, or demolishing the building.
Allow annual interior/exterior inspections to confirm compliance with applicable Property Maintenance, Building and Fire Codes.
Pay a registration fee if required.
Display a placard (available upon request from the City) on the building indicating the potential level of hazard for first responders.
Display a window sign with contact information about the owner, authorized agent, and any individuals responsible for building management.
Renew the registration/fee after each consecutive year of vacancy.
Buildings that are vacant due to fire or extreme weather damage are exempt from registration and fees for a period of 90 days from the date of the fire or extreme weather event.
If a vacant building has a valid building permit for renovation, the building is exempt from registration until the expiration of the longest-running, active building permit.
Government agencies are exempt from registration and fees.
Annual renewal fees (after the first year) may be reduced by 50% if the building has no outstanding notices or orders regarding code violations.
A fee will be refunded if a building is successfully renovated and occupied within a year of fee payment.
The initial registration fee may be waived for up to a year if there is proof the building is being actively marketed for sale or lease.
A copy of the vacant building registration application completed by the purchaser of the property Annual registration or renewal fee, if due.
The escrowed documents and fee shall be forwarded to the Planning and Zoning Department upon the transfer of title. In the event that the transfer of property is completed within 90 days from the end of the calendar year, the annual registration fee shall be applied to the following calendar year.