Township Wide Zoning was first voted into regulation by Fairfield Township Voters in 1993. It was reaffirmed by popular vote in 1997 and remains a strong foundation for some of the highest property values in the region. 

What is zoning? Zoning laws typically specify the areas in which residential, industrial, recreational or commercial building and activities can be conducted and the layout, setbacks, and improvement to a property. This allows a focus on the careful stewardship and coexistence of industrial, commercial, and residential zones to foster progress and property value. Fairfield Township has historically enjoyed among the highest property values in Columbiana County. 

What Zoning is NOT? Zoning should NOT be confused with Homeowner Association Rules (increasingly common in planned communities and subdivisions) or Property Maintenance Codes that focus solely on aesthetics and appearance.

Township Zoning is NOT the primary vehicle to address immediate "quality of life" issues such as a loud party next door, barking dogs, dissatisfaction or disregard for posted speed limits, property line disputes, and so forth. Cases involving private property disputes and civil matters between individuals are advised to proceed through private litigation. 

FAQs Frequently Asked Questions

"Do I have to have 4 acres to build in Fairfield Township?"

Not necessarily. There are a variety of zoned districts including 1.8 acre parcels, 4 acre parcels, commercial and industrial parcels. These are in addition to the numerous 1 acre or smaller parcels that were created via Farm Family Exemption status, Applications for Variance, or the many parcels that predate 1993. If you have questions about your particular parcel or district, don't hesitate to call (330) 853-7132. 

"What do I need to do if I want to build or develop my property?" 

If you do wish to build or develop property, please be advised that a variety of entities beyond the Township may have jurisdiction including but not limited to:
"Can I keep animals at my property even if it isn't "zoned agricultural?" 

Barring any deed restrictions (which are not administered at the Township level) residents are permitted to keep farm animals and livestock in any district of Fairfield Township including R-2 and AR-1. Common sense dictates that safe and sanitary methods of care and control be adhered to. 

You will need to contact the Zoning Officer for information regarding specific parcels and projects including but not limited to:

  • Mapping of a specific zoned district
  • Zoning of a particular parcel or parcels
  • Application procedures and fees
  • New and Replacement Construction
  • Swimming Pools
  • Signs
  • Barns, Sheds, and Accessory Structures over 100 s.f. in size
  • Home based business
  • Commercial and Industrial Activities (in cooperation with other entities)
  • Subdivisions (in cooperation with other entities)
  • Special Circumstances
  • Emergency Circumstance
  • And other zoning related issues as applicable

We have provided a number of Zoning Pages to assist residents and property owners. Please note that Fairfield Township Zoning and related services may be only one step in a multiple step process. Interested parties and applicants are encouraged to thoroughly research permitting and licensing needs as may apply to their specific operation or project. This may include county, state, and/or federal government agencies and services. Please see our Zoning Contacts page for details.