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Here is a list of frequently asked questions for the City of Delphos. If at any time you need more information or further explanation, please contact the Safety Services Director at 419-695-4010.

Animal Control

Where do I report a stray dog or cat?

In Allen County call the Allen County Dog Warden 410-222-0319. In Van Wert County call Van Wert County Humane Society at 410-238-5088.

Who do I call for barking dog concerns?

Call the Delphos Police Department at 419-692-4015.

What are the leash laws for the city of Delphos?

Except for your own private property, dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.

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Building & Safety

When is a permit required?

The best way to determine if a proposed project requires a permit is to contact the Safety Services Director at (419) 695-4010.

A permit is generally required for any new building, addition, or change in use of an existing building or structure and site improvements. Examples of residential items that require permits include:

  • New residential structures
  • Building additions to exiting residential structures
  • Adding a garage
  • Erecting a shed
  • Installing fencing
  • Constructing a deck
  • Installing a swimming pool
  • Installing sidewalks or a driveway

Examples of commercial and no-residential items that require permits include:

  • Building additions to existing residential structures
  • Installing sidewalks or driveway
  • Installing a fence
  • Constructing canopies or overhangs
  • Removal of bearing walls or non-bearing demising walls between two or more spaces
  • Changes made to the electrical, plumbing or mechanical systems
  • Installing a swimming pool
  • Change in occupancy

What is exempt from permits?

The following are exempt from permits:

  • Sidewalks and driveways replacement
  • Painting, siding, or refinishing siding
  • Replacing or repairing roofing materials
  • Shade cloth structures constructed for nursery or agricultural purposes
  • Swings and other playground equipment
  • Window and awnings replacement

Exemption from the permit requirements of this Code shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of other laws or ordinances.

Do walls/fences require a building permit?

The best way to determine if a proposed project requires a permit is to contact the Safety Services Director at (419) 695-4010.

Freestanding walls and/or fences require permits. Retaining walls may require a building permit.

Are contractor required to register with the city of Delphos?

Regardless of the discipline, all contractors are required to register annually with the city before beginning any construction project. Registration application are available in the City of Delphos Income Tax Office, 608 N. Canal Street, Delphos, Oh 45833 or online at www.cityofdelphos.com/forms.

Whos is responsible for maintaining the sidewalks in front of my house?

Even though the sidewalk is usually located within the city’s right of way the property owner is responsible for clearing the sidewalk, all repairs and if necessary the replacement of sidewalks that fail to meet code.

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Code Enforcement

Why do I have to leave my name and phone number?

Code Enforcement does not accept anonymous calls. There are many times when an Enforcement Officer will need to talk to the complainant to ask questions or to get more information. Your information as the complainant is kept confidential.

What are the trash can regulations?

At all times other than when the trash containers are placed for collection service pick-up, they shall be stored away from the street. Containers must have a lid or a method to eliminate the debris from being blown out of the container. Containers may be placed for collection 24 hours before your scheduled pick-up. Containers should be removed from the collection point no later than 24 hours after service pick-up.

How are code violations enforced?

Code complaints are addressed according to the impact of the violation on the community. Situations that pose a serious risk to health and safety are given top priority; others are pursued in the order that they are received. For all code complaints, the first step is to verify that a violation exists. A notice of violation is sent to the resident or legal property owner, who is given the opportunity to voluntarily correct the situation in a timely manner. If the correction is not made in a reasonable amount of time the individual may be subject to further enforcement action.

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Contacting the City

How do I obtain copies of city records?

You may contact the City Building at:
Ph: (419) 695-4010
Fax: (419) 695-5102
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How do I obtain copies of my EMS bill?

You may contact the City Building at:
Ph: (419) 695-4010
Fax: (419) 695-5102
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How do I obtain information about my income taxes?

You may contact the City Building at:
Ph: (419) 695-4010
Fax: (419) 695-5102
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How do I obtain information about my utilities or utility bill?

You may contact the City Building at:
Ph: (419) 695-4010
Fax: (419) 695-5102
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Community Development

What are typical hours for construction?

Under normal circumstances, construction hours are: Mon.-Sat. 07:00 A.M. to 07:00 P.M. No construction on Sundays. Exception to this may be granted by the Safety Services Director.

Can I operate a business in my home?

Home based businesses are permitted providing the business owner or operator is the only employee. The business must also be able to support the parking requirements of its customers.

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