Tel: 419.435.8282

213 South Main Street, Fostoria, Ohio

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Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court operational
​changes in response to COVID-19

In the interest of public health during the COVID-19 crisis, Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court has modified its operations to minimize the number of people who need to come to court. Members of the public are encouraged to stay home if they are in a higher risk group or are feeling sick. Here is what to do if you have court business:

What if I have a hearing to contest or mitigate my ticket?
All appearances for traffic and criminal arraignments will continue as scheduled at both the Seneca County Justice Center and the Fostoria City Building.  The Court asks that only the defendant and essential personnel appear (counsel) for these proceedings.

If you have questions, please contact the Tiffin location at (419) 448-5411 or the Fostoria location at (419) 435-8139 during business hours.

What if I have a hearing for a criminal case?
Individual requests for continuances will be reviewed on a case by case basis.  Feel free to contact the Court with any questions.  Also, faxed requests for continuances will continue to be accepted.

If you are the defendant in a case and are represented by an attorney, contact your attorney as soon as possible to reschedule your hearing. Your attorney will contact the court.

Attorneys: If you or your client need to reschedule your hearing, contact opposing counsel and the court to request a continuance. Such requests may be faxed to either location for processing.  

What if I have jury duty?
Jury trials are suspended through April 20, 2020.  Jurors do not need to report for service during this time period. Jurors summoned for jury duty during this time will be contacted to reschedule.

What if I need to pay a ticket or fine?
You can pay tickets in person, online at, or by mail. 

I have outstanding fines and costs with the court and appear each month on the first Tuesday/first Friday.  ​Do I have to appear for April?
The monthly fines and costs hearings for the month of April are cancelled for both Tiffin and Fostoria locations. Individuals reporting to the Tiffin location the first Friday of each month will report on May 1, 2020 at 9:00 am or 1:30 pm. Individuals reporting to the Fostoria location on the first Tuesday of each month will report on May 5, 2020 at 9:00 am or 1:30 pm.

What if I need to report for probation?
Probation visits will continue as scheduled.  Those reporting to the probation department are asked NOT to bring any other individuals for said visit.  Please report on your regular schedule until contacted with more information.

If you have questions or if you are sick and need to meet daily reporting obligations, please contact the Probation Department at (419) 448-3073.

What other steps is the court taking?
Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court is taking precautions to maintain a safe and healthy court environment for all court participants, visitors and staff in response to COVID-19. Court personnel will reserve the right to seat individuals within the court as to help prevent the spread of the virus.  Furthermore, the Court will reserve the right to deny access to any individuals exhibiting COVID 19 symptoms.  In these instances, appropriate accommodations (continuances/rescheduling) shall be made.

Utility Payments:
All utility payments will be accepted by mail or by dropping off payments in the lock
box located on the side of the Police department doors. If there are any questions
related to water or sewer billing, please call the office during regular business
​hours at 419-435-2486.

Income Tax:
All income tax forms and payments will be accepted by mail. If there are any questions related to income taxes or to schedule an appointment, please call 419-435-6449. 

Zoning Permits:
All zoning inquiries should be directed to the Zoning Office at 419-435-9775. 

Please call the office during regular business hours at 419-435-3113. 

Water & Sewer Inquiries/Emergencies: 
Please call 419-435-2486. 

The police department can be reached at 419-435-8573.
In case of emergencies, dial 911. 

The fire department can be reached at 419-435-3206. 
In case of emergencies, dial 911. 

All Other Inquiries:
The Mayor's Office can be reached at 419-435-8282.

Home Repair:

Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP) administers the Community Housing Impact & Preservation (CHIP) Home Repair program on behalf of Seneca/Hancock/Wood Counties, Fostoria. CHIP provides home repair assistance for a variety of needs, including furnace replacements; water heater replacements; roof replacements; electrical upgrades; plumbing upgrades and ADA modifications. For more details on how to apply visit:

Municipal Building COVID Changes 

In accordance with recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health and
Governor of Ohio, the City of Fostoria will be limiting public access to the municipal building
and Fire Department until further notice. In-person meetings are by appointment only.
Please refer to the information below to conduct City business during this time. These precautions are to ensure the safety of the City of Fostoria residents and employees
of Fostoria.  
Thank you for your understanding.

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Fostoria, Ohio Community Trust

The Fostoria, Ohio Community Trust’s sole purpose is to assist Qualified Applicants in obtaining funding in the form of grants to improve public health and wellness in and around the Fostoria, Ohio community and/or for the protection, conservation, preservation, and enhancement of the air, water, public lands and natural resources in and around Fostoria, Ohio. 
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