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Please click here for specific instructions on obtaining permits or applications for your project.
It is the property owner's responsibility to call for inspections. Please click here for more information.
To open for business in an existing building, apply for a Zoning and Use Approval permit. The cost for this permit is $125. Click here for application.
If your business is in the Downtown Redevelopment District (DRD), your application will be reviewed by the City of Harrison Planning Commission, which meets on the second Tuesday of each month. The cost for this permit is $125. Click here for application.
If you would like to construct a new building for your business, please call (513) 202-8461 to schedule a meeting with the Economic Development, Building and Zoning Department.
A maximum of one recreational vehicle or trailer, not to exceed 24 ft., may be stored behind the front setback of the home, provided it is driven and parked on a hard, paved surface. Driving or parking on the grass is never permitted. (1147.14). Recreational vehicles may be parked at homes from April 1 through Oct. 31. in driveways or the street for 72 hours only during this period for loading, unloading, cleaning, maintenance, etc.
No. Parking anywhere on the lawn, even on pavement between the sidewalk and street is prohibited. Prohibited parking includes on sidewalks, curbs and paved berms. Blocking the sidewalk is also prohibited. (351.14) (1147.14)
Any vehicle that is unlicensed or inoperable cannot be parked or stored on any property unless kept in an enclosed structure. (302.8) (1147.14)
At no time shall a vehicle be in a state of disassembly or disrepair while parked at a home. Any repair work being done on a vehicle must be done in an enclosed structure that is approved for that purpose. General cleaning or washing in your driveway is permitted. (302.8).
The exterior of any property must be maintained in a clean, safe and sanitary condition which includes the being free of the storage of junk, junk motor vehicles, disabled machinery or equipment, vehicle or machinery parts, rags, or any other discarded objects or debris. (1147.25). Fireplaces/pits, firewood, grills, trampolines, play toys, athletic equipment, goals (except basketball), and indoor furniture may not be stored on front porches or in the front or side yards of any property. (1147.07).
Rubbish and garbage must be kept in closed containers/garbage cans with lids. Residential trash containers must be stored in garages. They may be stored in rear yards, or at the side of houses only if appropriate screening/fencing is provided. Additionally, yard tools, equipment, fire pits, grills, and firewood may not be stored in the front yards, but only in side yards if appropriate screening/fencing is provided. (308.1) (308.2.2). Homeowners erecting fences for screening garbage cans, fire wood, etc., must first obtain a permit – the permit fee for these fences will be waived until December 31, 2019.
Basketball goals are permitted in the driveway of a property, or in the right-of-way between the sidewalk and street, as long as it is not obstructing a public roadway or pedestrian walkway. (1147.08) Basketball hoops may not hang over the street because of potential conflict with fire trucks, ambulances, delivery trucks or other large vehicles.
Ten (10) inches is the maximum height that grass or weeds can grow before cutting. (909.01)
Fires used for waste disposal are prohibited. (308)
Pools, sheds, fences and patios require a zoning permit from the Building and Zoning Department (HCZR 1175.02).
Decks, porches, awnings and any additions to your house also require a building permit from the Building and Zoning Department (HCZR 1175.10). Swimming pools also require a building permit and must maintain a ten-foot setback around the pool. (HCZR 1147.32) (IPMC 303.1-303.2)
Existing gravel driveways installed before 2009 must be maintained and free of weeds and grass. (1159.09D) New driveways or driveway additions must be concrete or blacktop. (IPMC 302.3-302.4).
Dead or dying trees must be cut to allow access to public utilities, pedestrian access, vehicular access or traffic hazard. (HCZR 1167.09)
Painted exterior surfaces must be kept from peeling, flaking and chipping. Siding must be kept free from rust and corrosion. Oxidation stains must be removed from siding. (IPMC 304.2) Deteriorating surfaces must be replaced.
Accessory buildings such as garages, sheds, carriage houses, etc. may not be used for dwelling purposes. (1147.08)
The City of Harrison collects a 1 percent earnings tax (income tax) from all residents, employees, and businesses living, working and/or located within the City limits. The City of Harrison extends a tax credit up to 1 percent to residents who pay an income tax to another municipality. Please click here for more information.
Residents and employers should file and pay income taxes through the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) www.ritaohio.com.
City of Harrison income tax is separate from the Southwest Local School District’s income taxes and must be filed separately.
There are many factors considered when determining the ISO rating. Just about every aspect of a city and a fire department is evaluated. Points are given for everything from the training aids a fire department owned to the distance between fire hydrants. ISO wanted fire departments to conduct 20 hours of training per man, each month, in order to maximize points for every training aid. Historically, very few cities ever received a "Class 1" rating. There have been times where only one city, out of the nation, would receive a "1". Presently there may be as many as 40+ cities with a "1" rating in the U.S. This is still a small percentage when one considers the thousands of communities nationwide.
Please click here for details regarding job opportunities with City of Harrison Police Department.
For emergencies, always dial 911. For non-emergencies, including anonymous tips, call (513) 367-3738.
There is a special anonymous tip line to report drug dealers. Please call the Drug Abuse Reduction Task Force in Hamilton County (513) 791-0081.
City of Harrison Police Department has a strong relationship with the Southwest Local School district. Please click here to learn about our DARE program. We also have a resource officer assigned to William Henry Harrison High School and Harrison Junior School.
Please view our City calendar for upcoming events.
Call (513) 367-2111 to rent a shelter at one of the City’s facilities or click here to view a list of facilities.
Please call Duke Energy at (513) 651-4182 or click here. You will need the pole number and address of the streetlight.
Please use our online Request Tracker to report a pothole or other concerns.
Curbside recycling is available to City residents for no charge. Please request a bin from the Utilities Department to recycle the following: cardboard (broken down, newspapers, office paper, brown grocery bags, junk mail and envelopes, paperboard (cereal boxes, etc, glass bottles and jars (remove the lids, plastic bottles (remove lids and tips), aluminum and steel cans. Click here for more information.
Curbside leaf pickup typically begins the third week of October and extends through January for Christmas tree collection. Please rake leaves to about 12 inches from the curb for the following schedule:Monday and Tuesday: Downtown Harrison from Kater Avenue north to Brooks Road and Biddle Heights.
Wednesday and Thursday: Whitewater Meadows from Etta Avenue south to Campbell Road.
Friday: Country View and Circle Drive area and Westbrook Estates. Harrison Avenue south to Campbell Road, Hickory Flats, Carolina Pines, Stone Ridge Way, Parks of Whitewater and Whitewater Trails Subdivisions.
Click here for more information about yard waste.
The amount of your utility bill is based on the amount of water you use each month. Please click here for water, sewer, garbage and stormwater service rates.
Please click here to make a payment online. https://epayment.epymtservice.com/main/publiclogin/showLogin
You may pay up to $500 of your utility bill online with credit card (MasterCard, Visa and Discover) or an eCheck.
There is a $2.95 convenience fee, which is applied to each online transaction. Each account will require a separate transaction.Please allow a minimum of 24 to 48 hours for each transaction to be applied to your utility account. Payments are considered received when they are applied to your account. You can get a receipt for your online payment by printing the confirmation screen.
Due to weekends and holidays, it may take longer for your online payment to be applied to your account. Unfortunately, at this time, the option to schedule future payments is not available.If you have questions, or would like information about a refund, please call the Utilities Office at (513) 367-3728 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Please take a look at the City’s Drinking Water Consumer Confidence Report.