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Southwest Ohio Detecting Laws By Area

This list of restrictions is not complete but is as accurate as I have been able to make it.  Please let me know if you have any laws, permit requirements, etc. for the areas not complete or not listed in Southwest Ohio. Please make sure you provide all the info in the fields below. I also like to see the proof of the requirement or law, so that I can quote it in the listing.

Attention: New laws, ordinances or rules change so be sure to verify before blindly accepting this info. This is your warning I will not pay your ticket or reimburse you for your metal detector if taken away. :)
Ohio County
 Entity
Detecting Allowed 
(Yes) or (No)
 Verfied By
 Date Verified
 Comments
Butler
 Metro Parks of 
Butler County
  No
  Kim Geisler
 07/09/2009
Currently we do not permit metal detecting in our park areas. The current version of our rules and regulations which were adopted by our Board of Park Commissioners in June, 2008, discontinued permitting this activity.
 Butler
  Middletown
 ?
  NA
  NA
NA
 Clark
  Springfield
?
NA
NA
NA
 Clark
 Springfield and National Trail Parks and Recreation
 Yes
Tim Smith
CEO, National Trail Parks and Recreation District
 4/8/2010
You can use your metal detecting equipment in the open park areas, you are required to return the turf to it's original condition. You are not permitted to go on any athletic areas; softball, baseball, soccer, golf courses, etc. You are not permitted to go into any fenced/secured areas, pools, stadiums, etc. You are not permitted to utilize your equipment while events are ongoing in the parks.
 Greene
  Bellbrook
  ?
NA
  NA
To see a list of parks click on the following link. http://www.bellbrooksugarcreekparks.org/parks-and-facilities
 Greene
 Greene County Parks
 No
Chrisbell Bednar, Director, Greene County Parks
 07/14/2009
Park locations: 
http://www.co.greene.oh.us/parks/parks-facilities.htm
“Our rules and regulations prohibit the use of metal detectors and in particular the digging and/or removing of materials from Greene County Park sites.” -Chrisbell Bednar, Director, Greene County Parks 07/14/2009
 Greene
  Xenia
Yes
Xenia Police Officer  
  4/5/2015
The City of Xenia is home to 15 local parks. Currently there is no laws, ordinances or rules against metal detecting. Metal detecting is permited in city parks. http://www.ci.xenia.oh.us/parks-recreation/parks.html
 Greene
 Beavercreek
?
NA
NA
The Beavercreek Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture manages over 22 different parks. Link to list of parks:
Hamilton
Cincinnati City Parks
 Yes
NA
 NA
Metal Detector Permit – required in order to excavate any items from park property.
 Hamilton
 County Park District
 Yes
Willie Zeinner 
Hamilton County Park District
 07/02/2009
Metal detector permit required. 
http://www.hamiltoncountyparks.org/aboutus/directory.htm
There is no charge for the permit. They ask that those who want to metal detect, read over the regulations,sign, and date the permit.  The recipient keeps a copy to carry while they are out detecting. Our office maintains a copy.” Permit form at this link. 
 Hamilton
 Greenhills City Parks
 Yes
 NA
10/21/2009
Adopted policy to allow metal detecting in the Commons and Palma Park which are village owned. There is no need for a permit. Other village properties are off limits.
 Miami
 Piqua
 No
 Rob Stanford, Recreation Director, City of Piqua
 07/10/2009
Metal detection devices are not permitted in public parks...in the City of Piqua. Under the Piqua Code of Ordnances Section 94.23, letter J, the ordnance states that no person shall possess or use any type of metal detection device in the public parks of the city. Under the same section, letter K, states that no person shall excavate, dig, or remove sod, turf or soil in the public parks of the city without authority from the city to do so.
 Montgomery
  Kettering
Yes
  NA
 NA
The Parks Division operates and maintains Kettering’s 21 parks.
Currently their is no specific law against metal detecting. There is a park ordinance that states the following: • Removal, damage or defacing of buildings, structures, natural features, plants, flowers and lawn areas is prohibited.• Removal, damage or defacing of buildings, structures, natural features, plants, flowers and lawn areas is prohibited. 
Keep you cuts clean and you just might be ok. I know of others who currently metal detect in Kettering parks and have had no problems to date.

Park location list:
  Montgomery
 Dayton City Parks
No
Park Rules Posted
5/12/2015
 Montgomery
 Five Rivers Metro Parks
 No
Park Rules Posted
 5/12/2015
Five Rivers Metro Parks has 19 park locations all off limits to metal detecting. Click link for full list.
Map of parks:
 Montgomery
  Englewood
  ?
NA
  NA
NA
 Montgomery
  Miamisburg
Yes
  Park Rules Posted
NA
 Montgomery
  Miami Township
 
 
 Montgomery
  West Carolton
 
 
 Montgomery
 Vandalia
 
 
 
 
 Warren
 Clearcreek Township
  Yes
 NA
May 16, 2015 
Currently there is no rules or city ordanances against metal detecting in town parks or city owned areas.
 Warren
  Springboro
Yes
NA
 May 16, 2015
Currently there is no rules or city ordanances against metal detecting in town parks or city owned areas.
 Warren
  Lebanon
Yes
  NA
 May 16, 2015
Currently there is no rules or city ordanances against metal detecting in town parks or city owned areas.
 Warren
 Mason
 
 
 
 
 Warren
  Warren County Parks
Yes
NA
 May 16, 2015
Currently there is no rules or city ordanances against metal detecting in town parks or city owned areas.
 Warren
 Waynesville
  Yes
 NA
May 16, 2015
Currently there is no rules or city ordanances against metal detecting in town parks or city owned areas.