(A) The department of transportation, subject to Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, shall grant or deny a permit for which an application has been filed under section 4561.33 of the Revised Code. In determining whether to grant or deny a permit, the department shall determine whether the height and location of a structure or object of natural growth, as set forth in the permit application, will be an obstruction to air navigation based upon the rules adopted under section 4561.32 of the Revised Code if installed as proposed. In the case of an application to substantially change an existing structure or object, the department shall determine whether the change in the height or location of the structure or object, as set forth in the application, will create such an obstruction. The consideration of safety shall be paramount to considerations of economic or technical factors. In making a determination under this division the department shall render its decision upon the record, but may consider findings and recommendations of other governmental entities and interested persons concerning the proposed structure or object; however, those findings and recommendations are not binding on the department.
(B) The department may grant a permit under this section subject to any modification of the height or location of a structure or object the department considers necessary. In the absence of such modification or unless it grants a waiver from compliance with the obstruction standards, the department shall deny a permit if it determines, in accordance with division (A) of this section, that a proposed structure or object or a change to an existing structure or object, as set forth in the application, would be an obstruction to air navigation based upon the rules adopted under section 4561.32 of the Revised Code.
(C) In rendering a decision on an application for a permit, the department shall issue an opinion stating its reasons for the action taken. The department shall serve upon the applicant and each party, as provided in division (C) of section 4561.33 of the Revised Code, a copy of its decision regarding a permit and the opinion.
Effective Date: 10-15-1991