Good Neighbor Guide

To be a good neighbor, residents need to follow these important guidelines from Hilliard’s city charter. Here are some things you may need to know. Contact us with any questions.

Block Parties

If you want to close a street for a block party, you must first get a permit online. The permit must be submitted five days in advance, and you will be responsible for blocking the road in a way that allows emergency personnel access.

Street Closure Application

Building Permits

To ensure community safety, residents who are interested in building or remodeling must obtain a permit before construction. A permit grants legal permission to start construction. This applies to any internal or external structural alteration or addition including:

  • Basement Finish
  • Garages
  • Room Additions
  • Deck
  • Gazebo
  • Satellite Dish
  • Driveways
  • Hot Tub
  • Screened Porches
  • Electrical Work
  • New Home Construction
  • Sidewalk Replacement
  • Fence
  • Patios
  • Siding
  • Fire Restoration
  • Patio Enclosures
  • Storage Shed
  • Fireplace
  • Plumbing
  • Storm Restoration
  • Furnace Replacement
  • Roofing
  • Swimming Pools

Permits and Applications | Building Permits FAQ


Children age 12 and under must be supervised in public places from darkness to dawn. Young adults age 12-18 must be supervised in public places from midnight to 6 a.m. This does not apply to minors accompanied by a legal guardian, on an emergency errand, or traveling to and from employment.

Chipper Service

The City’s weekly chipper service will begin on Monday, April 15, and continue through October. A new collection schedule has been established to ensure that residents will know what day their brush will be picked up. The city is divided into four color-coded quadrants: orange, green, blue, and purple. Crews will go through each quadrant one day per week (Monday through Thursday), weather permitting.

To utilize the chipper service, residents should place their tree limbs and shrub clippings at the curb by 7 a.m. on the scheduled day of service. Trimmings must be at least 4 feet long. Piles should not include vines, thorns, roots, grass of any kind, and foreign materials such as metal, lumber, nails, wire, string, rope, or staples. When a tree service or landscape company is hired to cut down trees or clear areas, they are solely responsible for that removal.

The weekly chipper service schedule is as follows:

Monday – Orange

Tuesday – Green

Wednesday – Blue

Thursday – Purple

Leaf Collection

In the fall, city crews will collect leaves placed curbside. Leaves must be raked into the green space between the curb and sidewalk by 7:30 am and should not be near fire hydrants, mailboxes, parked cars, signs or streetlights. Collections run from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm.

Residents can also bag leaves in biodegradable brown paper bags for standard weekly curbside yard waste pickup.

Yard Waste Collection

Grass clippings, leaves, twigs, branches, shrubbery and other yard waste are collected weekly for Hilliard residents. Organic waste should be placed in brown paper bags or rigid containers clearly labeled with yard waste stickers, which are available at the Hilliard Municipal Building (3800 Municipal Way).

Please cut branches to less than 4 feet in length and tie them into bundles with string or twine. Each container, bag or bundle must weigh less than 50 pounds and be free of rocks, dirt and plastic bags.

Trash Collection

Trash, recycling and yard waste are collected every Tuesday unless it’s a holiday week. To ensure waste is collected, please follow these guidelines.

  • Place containers at the end of your driveway by 7:00 a.m. on the scheduled pick-up day.
  • Do not bundle or bag recyclable materials — place them loosely in recycling bins.
  • Only include approved recyclable materials. Click here for items we can’t collect.
  • Put yard waste in brown paper bags or containers clearly marked with yard waste stickers, which are available at 3800 Municipal Way.
  • Containers should not weigh more than 50 pounds.

Learn more about waste collection.

Mosquito Spraying

During the summer months, Franklin County’s Public Health Department periodically sprays to control the mosquito population in the Hilliard area. Mosquitoes can transmit a number of dangerous diseases including West Nile, Encephalitis, Zika and more. You can request service online or submit a form to request that the health department does not spray in your area.

Residents can help control the mosquito population by following these steps:

  • Cover any container that could hold water
  • Repair leaky outdoor faucets
  • Ensure gutters drain properly
  • Empty bird baths, planters and pet watering dishes regularly

Snow and Ice Control

We use various tools, including salt brine and plowing, to manage ice and snow on city streets. If you see snow equipment on the roads, please give them the right of way and stay at least 100 feet back. We will clear all city streets, starting with major thoroughfares.

Street Sweeping

We schedule street sweeping to maintain roads, improve storm sewer system efficiency and keep Hilliard looking beautiful. Street sweepers typically run Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on scheduled days.

Residents should move their cars on street sweeping days and avoid sweeping materials, including leaves, into the streets. You can collect leaves to be picked up by the city’s yard waste or leaf collection programs.

From April through October, the city will provide street sweeping services.  The City’s street sweeper will typically run Monday thru Friday, 7:00am to 3:30pm, weather permitting. 

The Operations Division performs periodic and frequent street sweeping throughout all residential and commercial areas of the City.  Street sweeping beautifies Hilliard’s streets, gateways, parks, and community by removing unsightly litter and debris.  Routine street sweeping reduces the amount of flooding during heavy rainfall and increases operational efficiency of the City’s storm sewer system.  Street sweeping also protects the environment by significantly reducing the amount of pollutants entering the City’s storm sewer system.

How can you do your part?

  • Rake, then compost or bag leaves for recycling with the City’s Recycling Program.
  • Don’t sweep materials into the streets or along curbsides.


Pets must be kept on a leash or under reasonable control of a person at all times. Residents should keep pet noise to a minimum, especially at night. If pet noise disturbances are reported by more than one residence, city law enforcement will respond.

Report pet disturbances to the non-emergency police line at 614-876-7321.


Vehicles may not be parked on the street for more than 24 hours at a time. On-street parking for recreational vehicles is limited to two hours, and commercial vehicle parking is limited to one hour unless it is performing a necessary service or delivery.

The first violation is a minor misdemeanor and subsequent violations within one year are subject to increased fines and penalties.