Frequently Asked Questions
The following guide attempts to answer some of the
frequently asked questions about living in Rittman.
Licenses for dogs are available at All Creatures Veterinary Clinic,
12545 Sheets Road, Rittman - (330) 925-4910 and the Wayne County
Auditor's Office in Wooster - (330) 287-5430 and at H&R Materials on
Calls concerning animals should be directed to the Police
Department at (330) 925-8040. The city has an ordinance against animals
running free and against certain animals being kept at all within the
city limits. The city also has a vicious dog and barking dogs
ordinances. For more information, call the Police Department.
Driver's licenses and vehicle license plates can be obtained at either
the Wadsworth Deputy Registrar's Office, 123 A Broad Street, Wadsworth -
(330) 336-4485, or the Orrville Deputy Registrar's Office, 1430 West
High Street, Orrville - (330) 682-0440 or 200 Vanover Street, Suite 3,
Wooster - (330) 287-5640.
Rittman has a 1.5 percent income tax which provides operating funds and
money for capital improvements. The income tax office is located in City
Hall and the Tax Administrator can be reached at (330) 925-2057.
Bicycles, Mopeds & Skateboards
Bicyclists must obey all traffic regulations, but bicycles need not be
Mopeds, or motorized bicycles, must have a license plate, and their
operators must be licensed and follow safety regulations. License plates
for mopeds are available at a deputy registrar's office.
Skateboards or rollerblades are not allowed on public sidewalks or
streets except in residential areas where the safety of pedestrians is
Building and Zoning Permits
Building and zoning permits are required for any construction. Zoning
permits are issued at City Hall and must be applied for and obtained
prior to applying for and obtaining a building permit. Building permits
are issued by the Wayne County Building Department, 428 West Liberty
Street, Wooster - (330) 287-5525. Zoning applications can be picked up
at City Hall and the clerk can be reached at (330) 925-4819.
The city operates one cemetery, Rittman Cemetery, off DeCourcey Road.
Information about the cemetery is available at City Hall by contacting
the Service Director (330) 925-2061 or the Cemetery Clerk (330)
925-2059. The historic Pioneer Cemetery is located off Gish Road. The
Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery is located at 10175 Rawiga Road,
Rittman - (330) 335-3069.
All applications for employment with the city are taken at City Hall.
Positions such as police officers require a civil service exam.
Anyone who wishes to hold a garage or yard sale must get a permit from
There is no fee for a garage sale permit.
It is merely a registration and the regulations, most of which pertain
to signage, are provided.
Open burning is prohibited within city limits except for cooking fires
and some fires related to occupational use. In all cases, these fires
may not be used to burn garbage and should be as small as possible. Any
questions regarding open burning should be directed to the Police
Department at (330) 925-8040.
Permission to hold a parade or to block a street must be obtained from
the City Manager.
A parking ban on city streets is in effect from 1-6 a.m., during which
time cars will be ticketed if parked on the street. It is forbidden to
park an inoperative or unlicensed vehilce on private property for more
than 10 days. Complaints about such vehicles should be placed by calling
the Police Department at (330) 925-8040. The police issue parking
tickets to vehicles that violate the city's parking ordinances.
are payable at the Police Department, 33 East Ohio Avenue, Rittman.
Recycling and Trash Removal
Household trash items are picked up on regular trash pickup days
(Tuesdays) by Kimble, the company the city has
contracted with for its waste hauling. Curbside recycling is also
available and should be set out at the same time as your regular trash
in the recycle bin provided and it is picked up by a separate truck.
More information on recycling and a bin can be obtained at City Hall. Tires are not accepted and will not be picked
up with the regular trash collection. Tires may be dropped off at the
Goodwill Industries in Wooster.
For more information visit the
Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Joint Solid Waste Management District website at
Commercial trash collection must be arranged for individually.
Refrigeration and air conditioning units will be accepted only if it can
be documented that the coolant has been removed by a certified technician.
To contact Kimble please call 1-800-201-0005
The property owner or occupant is responsible for clearing snow from
sidewalks in front of their property. City crews clear roadways.
Individuals wishing to clear driveways as a business must have a permit
and meet certain requirements. Please contact the Police Department
regarding snow removal permits. (330) 925-8040.
Tree lawns are the property of the city, however, property owners are
responsible for trimming trees and mowing the tree lawn. Permission must
be obtained from City Hall before removing a tree from the tree lawn.
Please contact the Service Director regarding removal of a tree from the
tree lawn (330) 925-2061.
Zoning ordinances govern land use within the city limits. The City
Manager has authority to make decisions about enforcement of zoning
ordinances and issues permits for signs, construction changes in land
The Board of Zoning Appeals, consisting of five members appointed by
Council, hears appeals or requests for variations from the city zoning
The zoning code can be accessed in the 1163 section of our codified
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