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Our Patrol/Operations Bureau provides 24-hour, seven-day-a-week emergency and non-emergency law enforcement response to the community.

The Patrol/Operations Bureau provides assistance with community events held in the public rights-of-way and that require traffic control—such as Fourth of July, the Columbus Marathon and 5K runs/walks. Permits for special events much be obtained from the City Manager’s Office, entailing a review and approval process by various departments, depending on the scale of the event. Call the Special Events Request line, at 614-583-5164 for details.

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19Nov '18

Mayor’s Court

The Upper Arlington Mayor's Court serves as the judicial branch of the City of Upper Arlington. The Mayor's staff (Clerk of Court and Deputy Clerk of Court) also functions as…

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Pilot Drug Court

It is the mission of the Upper Arlington Pilot Drug Court Program to provide management and treatment to misdemeanor defendants who incur offenses directly related to drug addiction in an…

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Mayor’s Court

The Upper Arlington Mayor's Court serves as the judicial branch of the City of Upper Arlington. The Mayor's staff (Clerk of Court and Deputy Clerk of Court) also functions as…

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DON'T TEXT & DRIVE

Texting while driving is a primary offense in Upper Arlington. State law already bans texting, but it is only a primary offense for those under 18 (those over 18 must have committed another offense). Upper Arlington’s ban allows Police to pull drivers over and cite them for texting while driving without having to guess their age.

You can set a good example for young drivers by not using your cell phone while driving.

  • Drivers who send/receive texts while driving are 23% more likely to be involved in a crash than other drivers.
  • Cell phones are involved in 1.6 million auto crashes per year.
  • Texting while driving is six time more likely to cause an auto crash than driving while intoxicated.
  • The distance traveled taking your eyes off the road for five seconds at 55 mph is the equivalent of the length of a football field.
BICYCLE PATROL

The Bike Patrol began in Upper Arlington in 1994. It was designed to provide a more personal response to the needs of the residents and to supply patrol activity in congested areas such as shopping centers and parks.

The benefits of Bike Patrol are numerous. Bike Patrol provides officers the opportunity to utilize their talents in Community Oriented Policing techniques and assist in setting an example for residents as safe cyclists using equipment properly. The Bike Patrol also allows officers to patrol areas heavily congested with pedestrians, such as shopping centers, festivals, and parade routes.

UNDER-SPEED/GOLF CART VEHICLES

Effective July 1, 2019, Ordinance 41-2019 authorizes residents to use code-compliant, under-speed/golf cart vehicles year-round, and exempts non-compliant golf carts for a total of five days over the Fourth of July holiday. The ordinance includes some requirements beyond those set forth by Ohio Revised Code 4511.215, to address some specific concerns of Council—such as limiting their use to streets with speed limits of 25 mph or less and requiring seatbelts.

Legislation Overview

Under-Speed Vehicle (USV) Use Requirements Year-Round Fourth of July Golf Cart Rental Exemption Period (2 days before–2 days after)
USVs can only be operated on streets with a speed limit of 25 miles per hour or less (the crossing of higher-speed streets at intersections is permitted). NOTE: Upper Arlington’s speed requirement is less than State code.  

Required

 

Required

The owner of the USV must have it inspected and approved for use on public streets by an authorized law enforcement agency (be sure to inform them of UA’s additional seatbelt requirement) Required Not required
USVs should comply with all Ohio Department of Public Safety requirements, and must include the following equipment:

  • Adequate brakes and braking system
  • Working brake lights
  • Warning/turn signals
  • Headlights and tail lights
  • Property working steering mechanism
  • Windshield
  • Rear view mirror
  • Appropriate tires for street use
 

Required

 

Encouraged

Seatbelts are an additional requirement and must be located at each designated seating position. Required Encouraged
Title and registration must be in compliance with Ohio Revised Code. Required Not required
USVs must be operated within the State and Upper Arlington vehicular laws. Required Required

Under-speed vehicles, including golf carts, are defined as three- or four-wheeled vehicles weighing under 3,000 pounds, that cannot exceed a speed of 20 mph.

Examples of safety/traffic violations that will be acted upon by Police Officers over the Fourth of July exemption period include, but are not limited to:

  • Driving without a valid driver’s license or while under suspension
  • Vehicular assault
  • Reckless operation
  • Traffic code violations that result in an accident
  • Failure to obey traffic control devices
  • Driving while under the influence
  • Hanging outside the vehicle
  • Violations of child restraint laws
  • Underage drivers

The Upper Arlington Police Division can perform these vehicle inspections. Please call the Police Desk, at 614-583-5160, during regular office hours before bringing your vehicle to the Police Station, in order to ensure that an officer will be available. Should you have your vehicle inspected by another agency with the intent to use it in UA, you must have safety belts included in your inspection, per City of Upper Arlington ordinance (not all agencies will perform these inspections).

With greater clarity on the laws and expectations for golf carts and other under-speed vehicles for the community—both year-round and over the Fourth of July holiday—we hope the community can enjoy the benefits of this alternate mode of transportation in a safe and responsible way.

If you have any questions about this legislation or see an under-speed vehicle in our community that is clearly in violation of the requirements, please contact our Police Division by completing the form below, or by calling 614-583-5410.

REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS

City legislation requires convicted sexual offenders to register with the City’s Police Division if they live and/or work within the City’s boundaries. It also prohibits convicted sexual offenders from living or working within 1,000 feet of any school premises, licensed daycare facility, preschool, public park/swimming pool, library, or playground.

While these laws are designed to help protect families, parents should continue to be aware of and take proactive steps to protect their children from such dangers. The Police Division offers various educational seminars on stranger danger, Internet Predators and other relevant topics, and can direct you to useful resources and Web sites.

Resident Notification
In addition to the notification requirements within the Ohio Revised Code, residents will be notified by the Police Division within five business days of learning that a convicted Tier III sexual offender resides or works within 1,000 feet of your residence. Such notification will be via hand carried notification, mailing or electronically. In most circumstances, this notification will be via US Mail.

Requirements for Convicted Sexual Offenders
Residence and Employment Restrictions

  • An offender may not establish a residence or occupy residential premises or be employed within one thousand (1,000) feet of any school premises, licensed daycare facility, preschool, any public park, swimming pool, library, or playground. A private residential pool does not apply.

Registration Requirement

  • An offender must register personally with the Upper Arlington Police Chief within five days of coming into the City.
  • If the offender is domiciled, whether permanently or temporarily for more than three consecutive days, the offender must register.
  • If the offender is employed, whether permanently or temporarily for more than three consecutive days or for an aggregate period of 14 or more days in a calendar year, the offender must register.

Failure to register is a misdemeanor of the first degree.

Definitions
Offender Types

  • Sexual Predator: A person convicted of, or who has pleaded guilty to, committing a Sexually Oriented Offense and who is likely in the future to commit additional Sexually Oriented Offenses. Sexual Predators are subject to registration/verification requirements (at 90 day intervals) for life unless a judge modifies or terminates the Sexual Predator designation.
  • Child Victim Predator: A person convicted of, or who has pleaded guilty to, committing a Sexually Oriented Offense on a person under 18 years of age, not the child of the person committing the offense, and who is likely in the future to commit additional Sexually Oriented Offenses. Child Victim Predators are subject to registration/verification requirements (90 day intervals) for life unless a judge modifies or terminates the Child Victim Predator designation.
  • Habitual Sex Offender: A person convicted of, or who has pleaded guilty to committing a Sexually Oriented Offense, and who previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to one or more Sexually Oriented Offenses. Habitual Sex Offenders are subject to registration/verification requirements annually for a period of 20 years after release.
  • Habitual Child Victim Offender: A person convicted of, or who has pleaded guilty to committing a Sexually Oriented Offense, on a person, under 18 years of age, not the child of the person, and who previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to one or more Sexually Oriented Offenses. Habitual Child Victim Offenders are subject to registration/ verification requirements annually for a period of 20 years after release.
  • Sexually Oriented Offender: A person convicted of, or pleaded guilty to committing a Sexually Oriented Offense, but who has not been designated as a Sexual Predator or Habitual Sex Offender. Sexually Oriented Offenders are subject to the registration/verification requirements annually for a period of 10 years after release.

Registered Offenders in Upper Arlington

These offenders have currently complied with all applicable notification requirements. For more information on these offenders you can access the Franklin County Sheriff sexual offender registry.

Name: Bradley Michael Boschert

Category: Tier I Offender

Offense: Importuning

Date of Birth: 04/13/1970

Home: 3414 Charisbrook Road, Upper Arlington OH 43221

Work: 3414 Charisbrook Road, Upper Arlington OH 43221

Bradley Michael Boschert

Name: Wayne Reid Greene

Category: Tier III Offender

Offense: Rape

Date of Birth: 08/17/1956

Home: 2063 Kentwell Road, Upper Arlington OH 43221

Work:

Wayne Reid Greene

Name: Michael Shriver Highman

Category: Tier II Offender

Offense: Knowingly distribute visual depictions of child pornography in interstate commerce

Date of Birth: 10/09/1966

Home: 2790 Fishinger Road, Upper Arlington OH 43221

Work: None

Michael Shriver Highman - Sexual Offender

Name: Robert James Madrid

Category: Tier II Offender

Offense: Pandering Sexually-Oriented Matter Involving a Minor (F2)

Date of Birth: 10/29/1960

Home: 1850 Wilshire Drive, Upper Arlington OH 43221

Work: 1850 Wilshire Drive, Upper Arlington OH 43221

Robert James Madrid

Name: Alonzo Lamar Pittsley

Category: Tier III Offender

Offense: Gross Sexual Imposition; Sexual Battery

Date of Birth: 01/19/1968

Home: 2600 Shrewsbury Road, Upper Arlington OH 43221

Work: 3569 Refugee Road, Suite C, Columbus OH 43232

Alonzo Lamar Pittsley

Name: James Patrick Sprouse

Category: Sexually-Oriented Offender

Offense: Rape

Date of Birth: 11/01/1965

Home: 2534 Shrewsbury Road, Upper Arlington OH 43221

Work:

James Patrick Sprouse

Name: Jack Douglas Warmolts

Category: Tier I Offender

Offense: Sexual Contact (No Consent); Drugging Victim

Date of Birth: 08/10/1994

Home: 2731 Alliston Court, Upper Arlington OH 43221

Work: B7 Construction, 1195 Essex Avenue, Columbus OH 43201

Jack Douglas Warmolts
FAQs

Building, Planning & Zoning (12)

Yes, a separate bond form is required for each trade even if one company is registered for multiple trades.

Typically a permit is required from the Engineering Division when sidewalks are replaced in the public right-of-way. However, the January 2019 sidewalk repair notices mailed to non-compliant properties also function as the permit for purposes of the Sidewalk Maintenance Program. A free permit from the Parks & Forestry Division is required when excavation is performed within 10 feet of a street tree. Permits are not required for leveling or grinding of existing concrete sidewalks.

To schedule an inspection, call the “Inspection Line” at 614-583-5080. Once a building permit has been issued, a series of inspections takes place to ensure the work is being performed according to the approved plan.

Browse the City Codes section for property maintenance violations. Or contact the Building & Planning Department at 614-583-5070.

It is always best to work out issues related to neighbors in a positive manner. If you have exhausted positive communication methods, the City has a mediation program that may assist.

Yes, registrations are required for general, electricians, plumbers, HVAC, sewer and driveway/sidewalk contractors.

Yes, if the shed is less than 200 square feet, a Certificate of Zoning Compliance is required. If the shed is 200 square feet or larger, a building permit is required.

Yes, a fence permit is required to build a new fence or if more than 25% of an existing fence is being replaced.

A building permit is required:

  • To construct a deck
  • To finish a basement or alter an existing basement
  • If there is any framing being removed or added to kitchen/bathroom or if the layout is altered
  • If non-loadbearing walls and/or soffits are being removed, altered or added
  • To add a porch or covered entry
  • If roof decking, exterior sheeting or framing is being replaced along with shingles or siding
  • If exterior wall and/or header framing is being altered during window replacement

An HVAC permit is required to install or replace a furnace, RTU, air conditioner, mini split system or range hood, and any time supply air, return air or dryer vent ductwork is added, altered or removed, as well as for new or replacement ventilation fans, etc.

A plumbing permit is required to install or replace a boiler, water heater, water meter, and any time supply or waste lines are added, altered or removed, or boxes, switches, circuits or fixtures are added.

An electrical permit is required to install or replace a temporary electric service, permanent electric service, and anytime new wiring, boxes, switches, circuits or fixtures are added.

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