4561.31 Obtaining permit from department of transportation prior to changing structures affecting airport operations.

(A)

(1) Except as provided in divisions (D), (E), and (F) of this section, no person shall commence to install any structure or object of natural growth in this state, any part of which will penetrate or is reasonably expected to penetrate into or through any airport's clear zone surface, horizontal surface, conical surface, primary surface, approach surface, or transitional surface without first obtaining a permit from the department of transportation under section 4561.34 of the Revised Code. The replacement of an existing structure or object of natural growth with, respectively, a structure or object that is not more than ten feet or twenty per cent higher than the height of the existing structure or object, whichever is higher, does not constitute commencing to install a structure or object, except when any part of the structure or object will penetrate or is reasonably expected to penetrate into or through any airport's clear zone surface, horizontal surface, conical surface, primary surface, approach surface, or transitional surface. Such replacement of a like structure or object is not exempt from any other requirements of state or local law.

(2) No person shall substantially change, as determined by the department, the height or location of any structure or object of natural growth in this state, any part of which, as a result of such change, will penetrate or is reasonably expected to penetrate into or through any airport's clear zone surface, horizontal surface, conical surface, primary surface, approach surface, or transitional surface, and for which installation had commenced or which was already installed prior to October 15, 1991, without first obtaining a permit from the department under section 4561.34 of the Revised Code. This division does not exempt the structure or object from any other requirements of state or local law.

(3) No person shall substantially change, as determined by the department, the height or location of any structure or object of natural growth for which a permit was issued pursuant to section 4561.34 of the Revised Code, without first obtaining an amended permit from the department under that section.

(B) No person shall install, operate, or maintain any structure or object of natural growth for which a permit has been issued under section 4561.34 of the Revised Code, except in compliance with the permit's terms and conditions and with any rules or orders issued under sections 4561.30 to 4561.39 of the Revised Code.

(C) The holder of a permit issued under section 4561.34 of the Revised Code, with the department's approval, may transfer the permit to another person who agrees to comply with its terms and conditions.

(D) Any person who receives a permit to construct, establish, substantially change, or substantially alter a structure or object of natural growth from an airport zoning board on or after October 15, 1991, under Chapter 4563. of the Revised Code is not required to apply for a permit from the department under sections 4561.30 to 4561.39 of the Revised Code, provided that the airport zoning board has adopted airport zoning regulations pursuant to section 4563.032 of the Revised Code.

(E) Any person who receives a certificate from the power siting board pursuant to section 4906.03 or 4906.10 of the Revised Code on or after October 15, 1991, is not required to apply for a permit from the department under sections 4561.30 to 4561.39 of the Revised Code.

(F) Any person who, in accordance with 14 C.F.R. 77.11 to 77.19 , notified the federal aviation administration prior to June 1, 1991, that the person proposes to construct, establish, substantially change, or substantially alter a structure or object of natural growth is not required to apply for a permit from the department under sections 4561.30 to 4561.39 of the Revised Code in connection with the construction, establishment, substantial change, or substantial alteration of the structure or object of natural growth either as originally proposed to the federal aviation administration or as altered as the person or the federal aviation administration considers necessary, provided that the federal aviation administration, pursuant to 14 C.F.R. Part 77, does not determine that the proposed construction, establishment, substantial change, or substantial alteration of the structure or object of natural growth would be a hazard to air navigation.

(G)

(1) Whoever violates division (A)(1) or (2) of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree. Each day of violation constitutes a separate offense.

(2) Whoever violates division (A)(3) or (B) of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree. Each day of violation constitutes a separate offense.

Effective Date: 01-01-2004