Design Review Board

Responsibilities & Purpose

As of April 2018, Galion has two Design Review Districts. They were established by City Council to qualify for Community Development Block Grant monies. The Uptowne Design Review District encompasses most of Galion's downtown business district on Harding Way, bounded on the north by Church Street, on the east by the railroad tracks, on the south by Walnut Street, and on the west by Union Street. Historic West Main contains properties on Harding Way between Boston Street and the intersection with Portland Way.

The primary purpose of Design Review is to create a better business environment by disallowing unreasonable development that injures property values of other owners in the district. Specific powers and duties of the Design Review Boards are outlined in Codified Ordinances Chapter 1311.

Residential or commercial building owners of property within the district must acquire prior approval before making improvements, repairs or other changes to the exterior of their buildings. This includes paving, landscaping, signage, window and door replacement and more.


Each Design Review District has its own board. Meeting times vary for each board. Meetings are held at:
City Building
2nd Floor
301 Harding Way E
Galion, OH 44833

Application Process

The application process is intended to be as painless and expedient as possible. The first step is pick up an application at the City Building, 301 Harding Way East, or click here to download the application. Required information includes:
  • Details of the proposed project such as materials and colors to be used, and where the proposed improvements will be made. 
  • Pictures of the building.
  • Drawings depicting the improvements, with color samples.

After you return the completed form, your application will be discussed at the next regular or special meeting of the Design Review Board for the district in which your project is located. You are encouraged to attend this meeting to answer any questions pertaining to your application.

If you are looking for ideas to improve your building, you are welcome to discuss the possibilities with the Design Review Board. There is no fee for this service.