Trustees Corner – Trustee John Zaccardelli

2022 was another busy year for Sagamore Hills Zoning. 131 zoning permits were issued. There were zero condemned structures. When a structure is condemned, every opportunity is given to the property owners to rehabilitate the structure. There were 13 permits issued for new homes, 31 for fences, 23 for accessory buildings, 16 for home additions and 13 for swimming pools, 23 for decks and 12 for other items.

General fence information

Location: All fencing shall be within the owner’s lot line. If a footer is required, then no portion of that footer shall extend within one foot of the property line.

Height: Front yard non-living fencing shall not exceed 48 inches above grade. Other locations for non-living fencing shall not exceed 72 inches above grade.

Appearance: The side of the fence facing the adjacent property shall be the smooth finished side and all horizontal, diagonal or supporting members shall be on the owner’s side. The fence shall be harmonious and appropriate in appearance and maintained in good condition. The fee for a residential fence application and permit is $75.

Additional zoning information

All swimming pools must be located in the rear yard. Swimming pools shall be walled and suitably fenced so as to prevent uncontrolled access from the street or adjacent properties. The fence or wall shall conform to zoning requirements: not less than 48 inches in height and maintained in good condition with a gate and lock on the inside portion of the pool. The fee for an application/permit for an in-ground pool is $100. The fee for an application/permit for an above ground pool that is 24 inches or more in depth is $50.

All residential additions/alterations must receive a zoning permit prior to going to the Summit County Building Department for final approval. If your project is less than 200 square feet, the fee is $75. If your project is more than 200 square feet, the fee is $200. All decks must receive a zoning permit in advance. The deck application/permit fee is $100.

Upon filling out any application for a zoning permit, please review what must be submitted with your signed application. Page two of the application indicates what is required upon submitting your application. Please read that carefully in order not to have your application denied and your project delayed. The approval process is a minimum of seven days. Projects that have started or completed without a zoning permit are subject to fines and double the permit fee. This does not include any fines or fees from the Summit County Building Department. Please contact the Summit County Building Department in advance of any project at 330-630-7280.

Please visit the Sagamore Hills website at under the zoning department tab, and you should find the information you’re looking for. If you have any further questions, please reach out to the zoning inspector at

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