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Current best management practices include planting utility-compatible trees under or adjacent to power lines. Utility compatible trees grow no taller than 25 feet tall and require no trimming since high voltage power lines are 40 feet above the ground feet.
Treegators are for watering newly planted trees. Each Treegator holds 20 gallons of water and slowly releases the water over 6 to 12 hours. Treegators can be purchased from local BG nurseries for $25.
The City Arborist can review trees on private property. This by appointment only by calling 419-353-4101.
Yes, the City of Bowling Green does trim and remove City trees in the:
The City does not trim or remove trees on private property unless there is an emergency situation.
The City of Bowling Green Arborist Division is trained in pruning the smaller trees to remove dead or disease branches, crossing branches, and branches that impact pedestrian or motor vehicle clearance. We are train pruning now to encourage good form and structure will result in a stronger, healthier, more storm-proof mature tree.
The City Arborist can inspect your trees for pests and disease. Call the City Arborist for further details at 419-353-4101.
The City Arborist will review tree limbs on power lines for non-Emergency Services. Call the City Arborist for further details at 419-353-4101.
To report an outage/disruption of Electric, 24 hours a day, customers should call 888-807-2583.
You can pick up an Adopt-A-Tree form at the City Administration Building on the Second Floor in the Public Works Office. Once the form is filled out and sent back to the City. The Arborist will review the planting site and species selection. The permit is either approved or not approved based on the planting site and underground infrastructures such as water, gas, sewer, and electric lines.
City Ordinance Chapter 99 (Trees and Weeds) states we must have a minimum distance of 4 feet wide tree lawn for small trees (20 to 25 feet at maturity), a minimum distance of 6 feet wide tree lawn for medium trees (25 to 40 feet maturity) and a minimum distance 8 feet wide tree lawn for large trees (40 to 60 feet).
No! Recyclables should be kept loose in your curbside bin. Bagging them is not helpful and may result in your material not being recycled. You may also be subject to a violation. Plastic bags can damage the sort line equipment causing expensive repairs and downtime.
No, just place them in the container loosely. Be sure to keep the lid closed to keep the newspaper dry.
Leave it at the present address for the new occupant to use.
No, you must use only a City issued container so that the collection trucks can properly lift the container.
Latex paint must be dried up before collection. You can either mix it with kitty litter until solidified or you can brush residual out on a plywood board.
Environmental Recycling, located at 527 E Woodland Circle in Bowling Green, will accept latex and non-latex, old and new paint for proper disposal. This business charges a fee for disposal, so you may want to call first for rates. The contact number is 800-284-9107.
Place it in the refuse container.
Do not place it in your blue recycling container. It is still accepted at the 24-hour drop off at the Recycling Center. Paper that is not shredded should be placed in the blue container.
Remove all food items and recycle the box only. Boxes that are covered in grease, cheese, other food items should be thrown away as they can contaminate the other recyclable materials.
Yes, these are acceptable for recycling.
Do not place them in your blue recycling container. They are still accepted at the 24-hour drop off at the Recycling Center.
Do not place them in your blue recycling container. Please return them to your local grocery store to be recycled.
Please keep the blue container at the property even if you choose not to recycle.
No, registering for CodeRED phone calls, text messages, and email is free. Simply sign up on our enrollment website and select your preferred means of communication.
A CodeRED message will have the caller ID 866-419-5000 for emergencies and caller ID 855-969-4636 for non-emergencies. We suggest that you program these numbers into your cell phone as a "new contact" and use "CodeRED" as the contact name. If you need to replay the message received, you can dial this number and listen to the message again in its entirety.
Any message regarding the safety of our residents and community will be disseminated using CodeRED. We will send out alerts via phone, text, email, and social media in a variety of situations including:
This is a community alert system to ensure you remain informed of important information. Please keep in mind that as you register to receive CodeRED alerts, you have the ability to select the types of messages you wish to receive and your preferred means of communication.
CodeRED is an important tool to help keep you informed and prepared for any emergencies that may occur in our area. Officials will send messages to alert you of emergency details, instructions, or precautions that you need in order to make well-informed decisions and remain safe.
This system is precise enough to geotarget residents within an exact area of impact, so that only those people who are affected by emergency situation are notified.
The CodeRED system will leave a message on your answering machine or voicemail if you miss a CodeRED phone call. If you do not have an answering machine, the system will consider the call as "incomplete" and will attempt to call again after several minutes have passed. If your phone line is busy, CodeRED will try two more times to connect.
At any point, you may re-dial the 800-number on your caller ID to hear a replay of the message sent.
CodeRED is a web-based critical communication solution that enables local public safety personnel to notify residents and businesses by telephone, text message, email, and social media of time-sensitive information, emergencies, or urgent notifications. The system can reach hundreds of thousands of individuals in minutes to ensure information such as evacuation notices, missing persons, inclement weather advisories, and more are quickly shared.
Only authorized officials have access to send alerts using the CodeRED system.
Renewals are not necessary as long as your contact information has not changed. If you move, however, you must update your information to ensure you will continue receiving these valuable notifications.
CodeRED offers a mobile app for Android and iPhone devices. All residents and business owners are encouraged to download the free app to receive alerts based on the geo-location of your phone. As you travel throughout other CodeRED communities, you can receive important alerts that include community, emergency, and severe weather information. To download the CodeRED Mobile Alert app, visit Google Play or the App Store.
Visit our website and enter the required information online (address, name, phone number(s), and email). This is the quickest way to sign up because the information you supply is immediately registered in the system. If you do not have Internet at home, please consider visiting a library or asking a friend or family member for assistance.
No resident should assume that their information is in the system. Please visit our website and look for the link for the CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment page to register online.
Yes, you can register more than one phone number and/or email address for your location when you register for CodeRED. Please note that it is highly recommended you register at least one phone number and one email address to ensure that you will receive CodeRED alerts in the event of a power outage or an incident that may occur late at night when you are generally asleep.
Make sure to have at least one working corded telephone on hand for these situations. However, when signing up for CodeRED, you may indicate both a primary and alternative phone number. Cell phones and/or work phone numbers can be entered as alternatives. Both your primary and your alternative phone numbers will be contacted in the event of a CodeRED notification.
If you receive a CodeRED phone call, listen carefully to the entire message. You can repeat the message by pressing any key. Do not call 911 for further information unless directed to do so, or you need immediate aid from the police or fire department. If you receive a CodeRED email or text message, please be sure to read the entire message carefully and follow all instructions.
Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO) contain not only storm water but also untreated human and industrial waste, toxic materials, and debris. This is a major water pollution concern. CSOs are among the sources responsible for beach closings, shell-fishing restrictions, aesthetic impairments and other water body impairments. Additionally, contact with discharges from CSOs can have adverse effects on human health.
The City of Bowling Green has spent millions of dollars to reduce clean water Inflow and Infiltration into the combined and sanitary sewer system, as well as increasing the treatment capacity at the WPC. As a result, the duration of CSOs and the concentration of pollutants has been reduced.
The City is in compliance with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce our CSO events to 4 or less per year. A Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) was created that addressed the necessary steps to reduce the number of CSO events to the Ohio EPA NPDES permit limits. The current LTCP is on hold for further review until modifications are made to the WPC, and the E Poe Road and Mercer Road Pump Station.
In addition, the City has developed a Comprehensive Waste Water Strategy (PDF) to help reduce CSOs.
The following list are just a few examples to achieve these goals:
There are multiple ways in which citizens can help reduce the impacts of CSOs. Please contact the Utilities Department or the Water and Sewer Division for more information. View the Clean Water Removal page for more information.
The City also distributed a Wet Basement brochure in the utility bills in September 2009. This brochure explained how removing clean water from the sewer can help reduce wet basements and Combined Sewer Overflows.
In certain cases, where we can't determine the truth any other way, you may be asked to take a polygraph examination. The same is true of our officers.
We sincerely hope that would never happen. If it does, you can contact the Municipal Administrator, or in some cases, the City Attorney or the Grand Jury.
Yes. Normally, for a complaint to be investigated, the complaint must be in writing, signed, and dated by the complaining person. Anonymous complaints will be taken but the lack of a known complainant or uncooperative complainant may hinder the investigation.
Yes. You will receive a letter from the Chief of Police telling you the disposition of our investigation.
Not if what you are telling us is the truth. We would not (and could not) bring charges against a person who has acted in good faith. Deliberately filing a false police report is a criminal offense.
Of course not. A complaint means that someone may not have done their job correctly. We do want to know when our service needs to be improved or corrected.
Yes. Either an investigator assigned from the Internal Affairs Unit or the Officer's supervisor (Section, Bureau Commander) will investigate a complaint against an officer.\
You should take a complaint about an officer to his/her Section or Bureau Commander. If he or she is not available, ask for the on-duty shift supervisor. If the complaint is against a supervisor, contact the Bureau Commander or Office of the Chief of Police.
He will. The Chief of Police gets copies of all complaints against officers. Each officer is notified as well.
No, but normally a more thorough investigation can be completed if the complainant is able to be interviewed in person.
Yes. Just bring one of your parents or guardians in with you.
That will depend on what he/she did. If the officer's (or other employee's) actions were criminal he/she would be dealt with like any other citizen. If the actions were improper, but not criminal, he/she will be disciplined.
Very thoroughly. We want to find out where we went wrong. If the conduct was lawful and proper, then we want to explain that to the citizen. Additionally, if a person intentionally makes a false complaint, we want to find out and take the appropriate legal action.
Roundabouts are designed to be safer and more efficient than a traditional intersection. The design of the roundabout creates a low-speed environment and prevents high-angle crashes such as “T-bone” crashes. Low-angle, low-speed crashes tend to be less severe than higher-angle, high-speed crashes.
Yes, vehicles are able to move more quickly through the intersection because of the "yield at entry". Drivers only have to watch for traffic from the left, and if there is an adequate gap available, they can enter the intersection without stopping. Once in the roundabout, drivers have the right-of-way, so they will not have to stop or yield to exit. If the driver does need to yield at entry to traffic inside the roundabout, their delays are brief and typically less than the time they would have been delayed at a traffic signal.
Incorporated into the design of roundabouts is something called a truck apron. The truck apron is the area between the central island and the roadway that is mountable by larger vehicles but not used by passenger vehicles. Typically this area is concrete versus the roadway which is asphalt.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration, roundabouts reduce the types of crashes where people are seriously hurt or killed by 78 to 82% when compared to conventional stop-controlled and signalized intersections, per the AASHTO Highway Safety Manual.
For an up to date list of the services provided, visit the Fire Division page.
Here are some tips to help keep your home safe:
The Ohio Fire Code provides numerous conditions which must be met before any open burning is permitted. Please contact the Bowling Green Fire Division at 419-352-3106 or visit our Open Burning Regulations page for more information on the regulations concerning open burning.
Check out our Call Volumes page for response-related data as well as other interesting information.
The Fire Division maintains a database of information for businesses, schools, apartment complexes, and health care facilities to assist the firefighters when responding to emergencies. The information includes building information, contents and floor plans as well as emergency contact information.
The population has increased by 4.59% since the most recent census, with a 2020 population of 31,406.
City Hall is at 305 N Main Street in Bowling Green. This facility is located by the Wood County Public Library. Many City Administrative offices are located here. This is also the place where residents pays municipal utility bills. The City has many other facilities, though.
Yes, the City has an Open Records Policy. All records related items may be found on the Records Commission page.
Access the City Council page to find the most up to date meeting information.
You do not need a permit to have a garage sale. However, if you are putting signs in the right-of-way you do need a permit. The right-of-way is generally defined as the area between the sidewalk and the street. There is no charge for the permit. To learn more about obtaining this permit, visit the Municipal Administrator section.
General questions can be referred to the Municipal Administrator's Office by phone at 419-354-6204 or by email. Department-specific phone numbers can be found by visiting our Staff Directory.
Refuse and recycling collection is handled by the Public Works Division. Questions about refuse/recycling, as well as special collection information, may be found on by visiting the Refuse and Recycling page.
Yes, Bowling Green has a demand-response, curb-to-curb public transit system (the B.G. Transit). For more information about the system and reduced fare for children 4 to 13, persons aged 65 and older and persons with disabilities, visit our Public Transportation page (which includes a system brochure) or call 419-354-6203.
The Bowling Green Housing Agency at 419-592-1735.
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Yes. For up to date information on tax rates or to learn more, visit the Income Tax Division page.
Taxable income includes:
Income not taxable includes:
Anyone who lives in the City or has taxable income inside the City.
Form R should be used by individuals, partnerships, corporations and any other entity having income taxable to this City. Residents must file on all taxable income, wherever earned, unless the tax was withheld by a Bowling Green employer.
Part-year residents must file on all taxable income earned during the period of their Bowling Green residency (unless the only taxable income is a wage earned here and the tax has already been properly withheld) and should prorate income, expenses and credits accordingly. Part-year residents should not, however, prorate any income, expense and credit that is earned or that relates to Bowling Green.
Nonresidents must file on all taxable Bowling Green income, unless wages earned in Bowling Green is the only taxable income and the tax was properly withheld.
The due date is 3.5 months following the end of the fiscal year. For calendar year filers, the due date is April 15.
The income, adjustments and credits need supporting documentation. We require that you attach W-2s and your Federal tax return(1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ). The W-2s must report your income in Box 5 Medicare Wages and Box 18 Local Wages plus any municipal withholding in Box 19 and 20 to support any credits claimed on your return. If filing for a non-individual (single or joint), a copy of the appropriate federal tax return is required (1120, 1120S, 1065, etc.)
Provide any copy (or legible photo copy) that reports City tax withholding and wages in Box 5 and Box 18 of your W-2.
We suggest that you carry-forward the overpayment if the estimated taxes that you owe for first and second quarters are more than the overpayment. Make sure you show the overpayment on Form R line 11 and on Declaration of Estimated Taxes line 8.
Effective January 1, 2011, the total tax rate is 2%. Of the total tax rate of 2%, 0.14% of gross collections is distributed to a special police fund and 0.36% is distributed to a special firefighters fund. That money can only be used to support new police and fire personnel. The net collections of the remaining tax rate of 1.5% is distributed as:
We are open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm.
The School District Income Tax may not be deducted from the City taxes that you owe. That tax is paid to the State of Ohio, as the administrator of the tax, and then paid to the appropriate school district.
Our address is 305 N Main Street. Additionally, you may access the Income Tax Office in the Staff Directory for online directions to our office.
Call the Wood County Treasurer at 419-354-9130 for questions concerning real estate taxes in Wood County.
Call the Wood County Board of Elections at 419-354-9120 to learn which Wood County school district you live in.
Bowling Green does allow its residents a credit for tax properly paid or withheld to the work city. The credit is limited to 50% of the lesser rate between Bowling Green and the work city.
For a complete list of programs and registration information, visit the Parks and Recreation section.
Visit our Facility Rentals page to learn more about renting park shelters.
Please call 419-353-0301 for the Rotary Nature Center and the City's Natural Resource staff.
The Registration Desk is located in the Bowling Green Community Center, 1245 W Newton Road, at the corner of Newton and Haskins, one mile north of the Wood County Fair Grounds. Call the main switchboard for more detailed directions by dialing 419-354-6223 or email the Parks and Recreation Department. You may also register online; for more information, visit the Parks and Recreation section.
These facilities are part of the Wood County Park District, not Bowling Green City Parks. Please visit the Wood County Park District website to learn more.
There are several types of projects zoning permits are required for, so it is always best to call the Planning Department at 419-354-6218 to inquire about your specific project. Examples of the types of items that need zoning permits include:
Permit fees ranges between $5 to $50 and a complete fee sheet is listed on the Planning Department Fees page. Permit applications are available in the office, on the Planning Forms page or via email. A scaled sketch is required showing the proposed construction and measurements from all property lines. In some cases, the Planning Department might have a prior sketch that could be copied and the proposed new construction shown on the copy. Permit applications take about 7 days to process, and can be dropped off at the Planning office with the required fee and sketch or mailed to:Planning Department305 N Main StreetBowling Green, OH 43402
Also, your construction project may require a building permit, in addition to a zoning permit, from Wood County Building Inspection. The City recommends calling Wood County Building Inspection directly to inquire about a building permit at 419-354-9190.
Yes; any accessory structure over 100 square feet built or placed on a build-able lot in the City of Bowling Green requires a Zoning Permit (PDF). There is a $25 one-time application fee.
There is no requirement for a license in order to obtain a Zoning permit, however:
Yes; the City defines a swimming pool (PDF) as any structure designed to contain at least 18 inches of water. Any such structure, whether permanent or temporary, requires a permit. A new permit is not required every year, only if the pool changes in size or location. The fee for a Zoning Certificate (PDF) for a pool is $25.
Yes; Hot tubs are not required to comply with minimum setback requirements for accessory structures. However, hot tubs must be enclosed with a locking lid or cover or enclosed with a solid fence at least 4 feet high with a self-closing gate. Please see Section 150.55 Accessory Uses (G) (2) for hot tub regulations.
Yes; please see Section 150.79 of the Codified Ordinances for fence regulations, and view our Fence Handout (PDF). The fee for a Zoning Certificate (PDF) for a fence is $25.
A fence can be built adjacent to the property line, however; it is your responsibility to ensure the location of your property line. The City will not get involved in disputes concerning property line locations. It is recommended that you hire a licensed professional surveyor in order to find the exact location of your property lines. Also, please note, the "good" side of the fence is required to face outward toward adjacent lots, per section 150.79 of the Codified Ordinances.
There may be copies of previous site plans in the files of the Planning Department, however; we do not guarantee the accuracy of the drawings. Depending on the desired work, you may want to have your property surveyed by a licensed professional surveyor to ensure the proper location of the work being done.
A patio for residential use, typically concrete, brick, pavers or other masonry material construction at existing grade level, cannot be located in any of the required setbacks. The required setbacks are based on the zoning of the property, ranging from; a side yard setback anywhere between 0 feet to 10 feet, a rear yard setback between 20 feet and 30 feet, and a maximum total lot coverage (how much of the lot can be covered in structures or paving) of 50% to 80%. If a patio is 100 square feet or less, a zoning certificate is not required. The fee for a Zoning Certificate (PDF) is $25. However, if any of the work is proposed to be in the City Right-of-Way, a permit is also required through the Public Works Department.
Some subdivisions have covenants or restrictions that are recorded in the Recorder's Office located in the Wood County Court House. The City does not enforce those items.
Yes; a corner lot has two front yards, which does place more of a burden on them as far as not being able to build in the front yard setbacks.
Yes. The fee for a Zoning Certificate (PDF) for a sign is $50.
Each commercial business is permitted no more than three signs. The application fee for a Zoning Certificate (PDF) for a sign is $50.Please see Section 150.82 to 150.84 of the Codified Ordinances for further details.
All checks submitted to the Planning Department need to be made out to "The City of Bowling Green". The Planning Department will accept exact cash or checks only.
Work cannot begin until you have an approved application. The application is required to be signed by four different departments; once all of the departments have signed the application, the permit can be mailed to your address, emailed to you, or you may come in and pick it up. At that time you are permitted to begin the work. In the event that the work requires a permit from the Wood County Building Inspector, you will be required to give them a copy of your approved Zoning Permit.
Parking in the City of Bowling Green is permitted on a hard, dustless surface only, with the exception of a pre-existing (prior to 1975) gravel drive. Please see Section 98.17 and Section 150.72 (F) of the Codified Ordinances. Parking violations are subject to citations.
You do not need a permit to have a garage sale on your property. However, if you plan to place signs in the public right-of-way (generally the area between the street and the sidewalk), you do need a permit. The Municipal Administrator's Office has an application for temporary signs in the City Right-of-Way.
Yes; please see Section 152.12 of the Codified Ordinances for more information.
Potentially; please see Section 90.03 of the Codified Ordinances to learn more.
No; please see Section 150.82(N) of the Codified Ordinances, which states that no temporary signs are allowed in the City right-of-way.
Please follow the instructions on the citation. Do not call the Planning Department, we are not able to provide you with any information or assist you with any questions. You can also visit the Civil Offense Payout Information page to learn more.
Yes; Replacement of a structure does require a permit. City Ordinances can change over time and a new structure is required to comply with the current City Ordinances.
For a one-unit or two-unit dwelling, a driveway may not exceed a width of 10 feet or the width of a garage to which it leads, whichever is greater. Otherwise, a driveway and/or parking cannot be located in the front yard. All driveways must be setback from all side and rear lot lines by at least 3 feet, except where a driveway adjoins a driveway of an adjacent lot. Additionally, there is a maximum total lot coverage (how much of the lot can be covered in structures or paving) of 50% to 80%, which depends on the zoning of the property. Lastly, a lot cannot have more than one “parking pad”, which is defined as a “ground-level parking area of 1,200 square feet or less, not including the access driveway.”
The fee for a Zoning Certificate (PDF) is $25. However, if any of the work is proposed to be in the City Right-of-Way, a permit is also required through the Public Works Department. See Section 150.72 for details. The visuals below are meant to show what is not allowed and allowed for parking and driveways:
Police reports can be made in several different ways:
All police auctions will be advertised via local media outlets, including the local newspaper.
You will need to obtain a release for your vehicle from the Bowling Green Police Division. There may be conditions for the release of your vehicle (unpaid tickets, parking fines, court sanctions, etc.). Please stop by the Police Division or call prior to attempting to obtain the release.
All background checks are performed by the Records Section of the Bowling Green Police Division. More information on the Records Section Page.
Additionally a statewide or Federal Bureau of Investigation background check can be obtained by first calling the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation office in London at 745-845-2000. They will provide instructions on how to get the background check. If you need to be fingerprinted for a background check you can contact the Wood County Sheriff's Department at 419-354-9001.
No. Any deviation from this policy must be approved by the Chief of Police.
Police reports can be obtained from the Bowling Green Police Division Records Section Page.
For the City of Bowling Green Ordinances, please visit the Amlegal Website. The Ohio Revised and Administrative Code can be viewed on the State of Ohio's Codes website.
All City of Bowling Green job opportunities are posted by the Personnel Department. More information can be found at the City of Bowling Green's Personnel Department's webpage.
Parking fines can be paid in three different ways:
Cash, checks, major credit cards, apple and google pay are all accepted.
The Wood County Sheriff is responsible for registering and tracking sex offenders within the county. More information can be found at the Wood County Sheriff's Office webpage.
Please visit the Bowling Green Municipal Court's website for more details.
Fines can be paid at the Bowling Green Municipal Court located at 711 South Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402. For more information on the fines schedule, please visit the Bowling Green Municipal Court's Traffic Division website.
For further information on Civil Citations, please visit the Civil Citations information page on the City of Bowling Green's website.
The address to the Bowling Green, Ohio Police Division is:175 W Wooster StreetBowling Green, OH 43402
Yes, all complainant information is public record and that information will be released if requested. Exceptions to the release of this information may apply to victims of crime or cases where the safety of the complainant is of concern.
Visit the Police Division Parking page or review Chapter 76 of the Codified Ordinances to learn more about Bowling Green's traffic and parking regulations.
Contact the Bowling Green Police Division Communications Section by calling 419-352-2571 and request to speak to the on duty supervisor.
Please see Section 99.20 of the Codified Ordinances to learn more about the relevant regulations. The Codified Ordinances constitutes grass eight inches or more in height and noxious weeds, as defined by the Ohio Director of Agriculture, a health hazard and/or nuisance to the occupants of neighboring properties.
Please see Section 70.40 of the Codified Ordinances to learn more about what qualifies as an inoperable vehicle.
Recreational vehicles (RVs), include, but are not limited to boats, campers, and RVs. These cannot be parked within a front yard in a residential district in excess of ten days per calendar year. RV's can only be driven, parked or stored on a hard, dustless surface (this includes any type of vehicle). These types of violations are subject to citations. Please see Section 98.17 of the Code of Ordinances regarding approved off-street parking surfaces and Section 70.41.
Most likely it was due to one of the following reasons:
Please call the Public Works Department at 419-354-6227 for further assistance.
We are sorry that happened! Please return all items back to the appropriate container so they do not become litter, then call the Public Works Department at 419-354-6227 and we will schedule a truck to come back to your location as soon as they are able.
The City offers eligible households carry out/back service. To learn if you may be eligible, call 419-354-6227.
Call Public Works at 419-354-6227.
Residents may purchase additional containers or switch out existing containers for smaller/larger sizes. The City also offers small dumpster containers to eligible properties for a fee. Call Public Works at 419-354-6227 for more information.
Please visit the Automated Curbside Recycling page for recycling guidelines.
Generally, the City operates a 4 day, Monday through Thursday collection route. Please view the Four Day Collection Ward Map (PDF) for your assigned day, and visit the Schedule and Holidays page to learn how holidays impact the schedule.
The following material will not be collected:
Old paint must be dried up before collection. You can either mix it with kitty litter until solidified or you can brush residual out on a plywood board.
The City cannot pickup any appliance that contains refrigerants! These items include refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, and air conditioners. Please call 419-354-6227 for a list of local dealers who are certified to provide this service.
Garden/yard waste will not be picked up curbside. You may take these items to the Yard Waste Drop Off located behind the Public Works Garage off of Taragon Drive or you may choose to take these items to the Wood County Landfill for a fee. The Wood County Landfill phone number is 419-352-0180.
Grass clippings are prohibited from being dumped into the Wood County Landfill. However, the Landfill does have a process to recycle the grass clippings, therefore it is accepted at the Landfill for a fee. Grass will not be picked up by City crews. The City encourages residents to either mulch, compost, or leave grass clippings on the lawn.
Garden/yard waste, grass and leaves can be taken to the City Yard Waste drop-off site for those who are eligible to receive City refuse collection. It is open daily from 8 am to 8 pm. The site is located behind the Public Works garage on Tarragon Drive (off of E Poe Road). The area is under video surveillance and illegal dumping may result in a fine. This site does not accept brush (anything with a bark covering).
The City offers four special collections to residents:
To learn more, visit the Special Collections section.
Visit the Public Works Schedule and Holidays page to learn more about the special curbside collections schedule.
Visit the Large Item Collection page to learn more about large item pickup.
Check out the Brush Collection page to learn more about brush collection and disposal options.
Please report this to the Public Works office at 419-354-6227 or by email. This will have the container lid replaced or repaired at no cost.
About 40% of the energy delivered to all Bowling Green customers comes from a renewable resource (wind, solar, or hydro). As a comparison, 3% of generation in the State of Ohio came from a renewable resource in 2019 and 19% of generation in the United States came from a renewable resource in 2020. By law, the Board of Public Utilities and the Utilities Department is responsible for serving the electric needs of our entire community. Since the mid-1990's, Bowling Green has contracted to purchase energy from multiple generating projects.
Bowling Green has been a leader throughout the region in diversifying the sources of that electricity from traditional generating resources. When a customer installs rooftop solar, it is possible that the rooftop solar will offset a portion of the City's renewable energy resources. A customer's rooftop solar energy does not alleviate the City's obligation to purchase energy from other power supply contracts.
Yes, the City offers the EcoSmart Choice program to all customers. The EcoSmart Choice program allows the customer to add an additional charge on their monthly electric bill which is used to purchase Renewable Energy Certificate’s (RECs). A REC is created when a renewable energy resource produces energy and the REC is sold into the REC market. By purchasing RECs, the customer is directly supporting renewable energy resources.
Yes, but customers must first meet eligibility criteria and review/complete an Interconnection Application (PDF), and the subsequent Interconnection Agreement and Certificate of Completion with the City of Bowling Green Utilities Office.
The first step is for the customer to complete the Interconnection Application (PDF) and Interconnection Agreement. The Utilities Department will analyze the potential impact of the Customer's Generation Facility on the Electric Distribution System and on other electric customers. Such analysis will be based on prudent utility practice to determine safety measures, voltage ranges, power quality, system stability, impact to the distribution system, etc.
Customers in the City of Bowling Green will also need to complete an Application for Zoning Certificate (PDF) with the City's Planning Department.
After the Interconnection Application and Interconnection Agreement have been approved by the Utilities Department, the customer can install the rooftop solar system. Once the rooftop solar system is installed, the Customer will then submit a Certificate of Completion before energizing the rooftop solar system. After the Utility has approved the Certificate of Completion, the Customer can energize and interconnect the rooftop solar system to the Utilities Electric Distribution System.
Yes. Credit for excess generation, as defined in the Interconnection Standards (PDF), from an approved Customer generation facility shall be at the Utility’s avoided power supply cost rate as determined by the Board of Public Utilities. The credit for excess generation shall be in the form of a monthly credit to the Customer’s utility account. The current rate for the credit can be found in the Electric Rate Schedule (PDF). The City will typically utilize a bi-directional meter to measure the flow of electricity in both directions. The kilowatts per hour that the customer delivers to the City will be used to calculate the credit.
Yes, the City's electric system will be available to supply a portion or all of a customer's energy needs at any time of the day. The City will typically utilize a bi-directional meter to measure the flow of electricity in both directions. The kilowatts per hour that the City delivers to the customer will be used to calculate the customers usage and will be billed at the applicable retail rate.
Yes, customers will still be charged per their current retail rate, however Rider E Renewable Parallel Generation of the Electric Rate Schedules (PDF) will also be applicable. Rider E includes a monthly facilities charge that is based on the kilowatt capacity of the solar installation, and battery if applicable.
As a public power utility, the City of Bowling Green operates a not-for-profit electric utility. Most of the Utilities Department's expenses are fixed costs, meaning the expenses don't change much based on a customer's usage. The City's electric rates are based on a Cost of Service Study that examines all of the expenses to provide the electrical needs of our community. The expenses include, but are not limited to, power supply contracts, transmission and capacity obligations, the cost of infrastructure such as electric poles, lines, and transformers, and finally, the cost to ensure our staff and equipment are available and equipped to respond to electrical issues anywhere in the city at a moment's notice, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The rates that are charged to customers are designed for full-service requirement customers (a customer that purchases all of their energy needs from the City). In this way, the City ensures that our expenses are equitably collected from each customer based on their use of the electric system. The Cost of Service Study is the best way to ensure that the customer charges are fair and equitable.
When a customer installs rooftop solar, they become a partial-service requirement customer. This means that the customer does not purchase all of their energy needs from the City because they are offsetting some or all of their energy needs with their own generating system. The customer relies on the City to provide all of their electric service at any given time but they do not pay the same costs as a full-service requirement customer. The customer also depends upon the City's electric distribution system in order to receive a credit for their excess generation.
The Monthly Facilities Charge is necessary to recover the unavoidable fixed expenses mentioned above that are incurred by the City. Again, these costs include system maintenance, transformers, debt service, capital improvements, power supply, transmission, capacity, buildings, equipment, and labor. Without this additional charge, non-generating customers subsidize the electric service for generating customers. Details about the Facilities Charge can be found in Rider E
A residential customer installs a 5 kilowatt (kW) customer-owned renewable resource generator in the form of rooftop solar panels. After July 1, 2021, this resident will be charged a Local Facilities Charge of $5 per month ($1 per kW × 5kW). This charge will increase over the next four years, making it easier for current rooftop solar customers to adjust. At full implementation (in year 2024), the rate will be $4 per kW AC and the customer would pay $20 per month for the charge.
Yes, a battery system can be installed with a rooftop solar system. When calculating the Monthly Facilities Charge, the kilowatt (kW) size of the battery will be added to the kW size of the generator to get the total kW capacity of the entire system. This is because the battery system further impacts the City's cost recovery of unavoidable fixed expenses.
In the previous example, if a customer installed a 2kW battery system with the 5kW rooftop solar generator, the total system capacity would be 7kW and the Monthly Facilities Charge would be ($1 per kW × 7kW) $7 per month in 2021.
The revised Pedestrian-Residential District is proposed for the blocks running on each side of Main St. from Poe to Napoleon. The City has created an Interactive Map, so property owners can click on a property to see the current zoning and the proposed zoning classification.
The goals for the PR District are to maintain and preserve the walkable neighborhoods surrounding the downtown by allowing limited types of small businesses and more diverse housing options. Property owners would have more flexibility when using their property; local entrepreneurs would have expanded opportunity to start a business; and residents would have additional walkable destinations in their neighborhoods. In addition, this zoning district more accurately reflects the existing built environment (i.e.: setbacks and lot sizes), essentially legalizing the current conditions and decreasing legal nonconforming situations.
The Zoning Code update puts the City’s planning documents into action. Community input resulted in the policies being proposed in the new code and for the revised PR District.
The 2014 Future Land Use Plan called for “traditional residential (w/retail permissions)” in the neighborhoods surrounding downtown. The Future Land Use Plan and the 2018 Community Action Plan (PDF) called for expanded housing options in neighborhoods adjacent to downtown.
Zoning regulations apply to uses and structures. If an exterior project or change-in-use is proposed, a zoning permit is required following the PR regulations. Thus, the PR may only affect a property if a zoning permit is required.
The following table compares the lot standards proposed for the PR District to those that exist for property currently zoned R-2 in the neighborhoods surrounding downtown.
* But see exceptions for “existing lots of record,” at current 150.86 and 150.88
** See 150.33 in draft zoning code
*** See current 150.86 and 150.88
The front yard setback in the PR District will remain effectively the same as under existing zoning. Because the neighborhoods in the PR District were built before 1975, the year the city adopted its Zoning Code, the front yard setback for a property is currently calculated based on the average front yard setback on the block – this “existing lot of record” exception remains in the new Zoning Code.
The older neighborhoods in the PR District were built before the community adopted a Zoning Code in 1975 and they feature a wide range of lot dimensions. The new Zoning Code moves the lot standards closer to the existing built environment in the proposed PR District. This will preserve the existing character of our older neighborhoods, while connecting the built environment to the Zoning Code standards.
The PR District would allow only limited types of small businesses. Two commercial uses would be permitted by right (Professional Offices and Bed & Breakfast), while a few others would be allowed conditionally (Barber/Beauty/Spa, Day Care Center, and Funeral Home, Professional Office). In contrast, the City’s Commercial Zone allows 41 uses. See the Comprehensive Use Table at 150.41.
The business uses allowed were reduced significantly in the Pedestrian-Residential District due to citizen feedback and were selected because many already exist nearby or in residential neighborhoods; many tend to be lower traffic.
Businesses, like those allowed in the proposed Pedestrian - Residential District, already exist in residential districts and zones throughout Bowling Green. A list of permitted and conditional commercial and non-residential uses in the PR District:
*See also the Comprehensive Use Table at 150.41 in the Draft Zoning Code.**Specific use regulations also apply, which means these uses have additional regulation due to their unique nature and potential for impacts on surrounding uses.
In contrast to a use permitted by right on the property, a “conditional use” is “a use, which, because of the special nature of its activities or potential adverse effect on surrounding and adjoining properties, requires additional restrictions to those provided for other uses in the same district.” See definition of “Conditional Use” in the Glossary, Article VII.
Section 150.98 requires the planning director to review any conditional use application and allows the director to establish specific requirements for the proposed conditional use, including but not limited to, setbacks, buffers, hours of operation, noise transmission, height limits, and parking provisions.
Yes, all residential zones and districts allow commercial and non-residential uses to some degree. For example, home occupations are permitted in any dwelling city-wide. See 150.54. Other non-residential uses allowed in almost every residential zone or district include a home day care, bed & breakfast, church/place of worship, and school. See the Comprehensive Use Table at 150.41.
The Zoning Code places limits on the types of dwellings permitted in each residential zone and district. The PR District allows one and two-unit dwellings only (See Comprehensive Use Table 150.41). Anything bigger – like an apartment complex or multiple-unit dwelling – is not permitted in the PR District.
Traffic and parking are important issues – and involve decisions on both private and public property.
Businesses in the PR District may not build large parking lots; only one parking pad with space for 3-5 cars may be constructed in the side or rear yard. See 150.71(B) and the definition of “Parking Pad” in the Glossary, Article VII. This regulation limits the businesses that may want to locate in the PR District to those with few visitors traveling by car and the majority arriving by foot, or to those businesses that don’t have visitors at all, such as certain artist studios or office uses. Additionally, driveways and parking pad locations are more stringent, which is more aesthetically pleasing, but may also not be something attractive to potential businesses. For example, a front yard cannot be paved (See Figure 25 of 150.71), which is not true of the current Zoning Code. Lastly, having a maximum lot coverage also minimizes paving and buildings.
Residential density is defined in at 150.19(A).
One and two-unit dwellings would be permitted in the PR District (see the definitions of “Dwelling Unit” and “Two-Unit Dwelling” in the Glossary, Article VII), and Accessory Dwelling Units would be allowed conditionally (where one unit is owner-occupied, among other requirements, see 150.43(J)).
Planning documents call for expanding housing options for current and future residents in the neighborhoods adjacent to downtown and city-wide. No multiple-unit dwellings will be permitted in the PR District. “Multiple-Unit Dwelling” is defined in the Glossary, Article VII, as three or more dwelling units on a lot.
No, the proposed Zoning Code specifically targets street tree planting in 150.77, which requires that every new development and every new building expansion include the planting of one street tree per 40 feet of lot frontage or fraction thereof. The current Zoning Code does not have a tree planting requirement for residential.
For the first time, the City's Zoning Code will recognize passive greenspace as a permitted use, in nearly every part of town, including the PR District. See the Comprehensive Use Table at 150.41 and the definition of “Passive Greenspace” in the Glossary, Article VII.
ZoneCo (formerly Calfee Zoning) is the company of zoning professionals that helped the city to update its Zoning Code.
The City's entire Zoning Code and Zoning Map are being updated to align with the goals the community has identified. Every zone and district are being changed.
No, the City’s historical preservation ordinance provides important protections for historical neighborhoods (Sections 158 and 150.11 B would remain the same language that currently exists in the code). If a building, street, or neighborhood is listed on the Local Historic Register, approval would be needed before significant changes to the exterior of a building could be made.
Combined sewers are used to collect both storm water and waste water. During dry conditions, the sewers are able to handle the waste water flow. During wet weather, the sewer may become surcharged due to the volume of storm water which will cause the sewage to back up in your lateral. If there is enough of a surcharge in the sewer, it is possible for the sewage to enter your basement or crawl space. Removal of gutter downspouts and sump pumps from the sanitary or combined sewers will help reduce basement flooding.
A backflow preventer is equipped with a valve that will close when the sewer is surcharged. During this time, your residence will be cut off from the sewer. When the sewer is able to accept flow from your lateral, the valve will open and your lateral will drain into the sewer.
No, the property owner must decide if a backflow preventer is appropriate for their situation to prevent a wet basement.
Clean water connections to a separated sanitary sewer are strictly prohibited and must be removed. The City has a grant program to provide financial assistance with removing sources of clean water connections from either a separated sanitary or combined sewer. Please contact the Utility Department for more information or view the Clean Water Removal page.
If you are in the combined sewer area and have clean water connections to your sewer lateral such as a perimeter foundation tile, down spouts from gutters, or a sump pump; you are strongly encouraged to remove these clean water connections from your sewer lateral prior to installing a backflow preventer. If these are not removed prior to installing a backflow preventer, you may cause your basement to flood due to the volume of clean water being generated from your own residence. Should the backflow preventer close due to the sewer surcharge, your sewer lateral will fill up with clean water and reduce the storage capacity for your waste water and possibly cause a wet basement.
All mechanical devices require routine maintenance. A backflow prevention device should be inspected on a regular basis to ensure proper working condition. Local plumbers will be able to assist you if you need help. The homeowner is responsible for maintaining these devices installed on their sewer lateral.
The Utility Department does not offer financial assistance at this time. You may qualify for assistance through the City Housing Program, call 419-354-6203 to see if you qualify.
Contact the Water and Sewer Division at 419-354-6277.
Call the Utilities Business Office at 419-354-6252 and request service changes.
Visit the Pay my Bill webpage for all payment options.
Our rates vary according to your type of service. Visit the Rates and Fees page for more information.
Read the Energy Tips page and sign up for a free residential energy audit.
No, we do not require security deposits. All it takes is a phone call to the Utilities Department at 419-354-6252 to get service in your name.
Call the Salvation Army at 419-352-5918. If you have children in the home, call Job and Family Services at 419-352-7566.
If electricity is out during normal business hours, Monday through Friday 7 am to 3:30 pm, please call 419-354-6260. After hours, please call the Police Division Dispatch at 419-352-1131.
The Utility Business Office is located at 305 N Main Street in the basement of the building. You may call the office at 419-354-6252.
If a residence is under a water boil advisory, a staff member from the Water/Sewer Division will visit each affected residence to communicate the advisory. The staff member will leave a door hanger with the person who answered the door, or if no one is home, will leave the door hanger on the front door of the residence.
Residents can check on boil advisories by visiting the Water Boil Advisory page. Residents may also call the Water/Sewer Division during normal business hours, Monday through Friday 7 am to 3:30 pm, at 419-354-6277.
The City reports total hardness in milligrams per liter (mg/l) to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. The average hardness in the Bowling Green Water is 150 mg/l or 8.8 grains per gallon.
No, the nearest bulk water station is at the Wood County Landfill owned by the Northwestern Water and Sewer District.
No, the reservoir is secured by fencing and cameras to assure protection of the raw water supply.
The Northwestern Water and Sewer District phone number is 419-354-9090.
The chlorine concentration of water leaving the Bowling Green Water Treatment Plant is 1.0 milligram per liter (mg/l) to 1.5 mg/l. This level is maintained to assure required Ohio Environmental Protection Agency chlorine residuals throughout the City's water distribution system.