Zoning Inspector

Laura Cowles

330-644-0785, Ext. 695

[email protected]

Office Hours:
Available for walk-ins from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (other times by appointment).

Zoning Protects Property Values

Zoning is designed to protect the health, safety and, welfare of those living in a community. Most zoning regulations are a matter of common sense, and help to make sure that people use their property in such a way that it is not detrimental to those living in the same area, or to the community as a whole.

Almost all construction, from fences and decks to homes and businesses, requires a zoning permit. A complete copy of the zoning code can either be downloaded from this site or purchased for a nominal fee at the zoning office.

In addition to the Zoning Inspector, Coventry Township has two appointed boards who deal with zoning related issues. The Zoning Commission holds meetings and public hearings for all changes to the Zoning Resolution. The Board of Zoning Appeals may grant variances for the zoning code after a public hearing is held. All adjacent property owners are notified if a request for a variance is made, and have the opportunity to state their opinions or concerns at the public hearing.

The Board of Zoning Appeals meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., and the Zoning Commission meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Township Hall.



Please follow the link below for Short Term Rental Regulations in Coventry Township.

ARTICLE 28 – Short Term Rentals

Any property owner operating a Short-Term Rental (any rental less than 30 days – typically advertised on websites like airbnb, vrbo, homeaway, etc.) should contact Laura Cowles at [email protected] for a permit. The application and check list can be found here.

Effective January 14, 2024 Short-term Rentals must be a minimum distance of 300 feet apart.  Please see excerpt from the 12/14/23 minutes below:

231214-03         Edward Diebold made a motion to approve the text amendment as requested for 28.04 A.  Short-Term Rentals, specifying a distance requirement of 300 feet from any currently permitted Short-Term Rental property. George Beckham seconded the motion.  Roll call: George Beckham, yes; Edward Diebold, yes; and Jeff Houck, absent. Motion carried 2-0.

**All residential rental properties in Summit County require a permit through the Summit County Fiscal Office – please follow this link for more information: Summit County Residential Rental Registry