James Jay Brown


With the passage of chapter 2506 of the Ohio Revised Code, the legal profession in Ohio has been confused as to whether the writ of mandamus is the most effective tool for challenging and reversing a rejection for a building permit by a municipal zoning officer or board. Doubts as to its use have become solidified because of the negative results obtained in several cases which relied upon this writ. In an attempt to comprehend the future use of mandamus for zoning appeals, an analysis will be made of its past use in relation to its effectiveness under Chapter 2506 of the Revised Code.