Designed in the likeness of a public building that stood in Hartford, Connecticut, the Franklin Township Hall was built in 1837. It was used as an office for the Franklin Silk Company; after the company failed, the Franklin Township Trustees completed the Franklin Township Hall in 1840. 

Franklin Township provides specific services to its residents.  The Franklin Township road crew provide efficient and effective services in a timely manner.  

Contact this department for right-of-way permits, road improvement schedules, chipping schedules and more.

We provide contact information for all of our zoning boards, maps, and a detailed list of zoning codes.


If you have questions that have not been answered on the site, please feel free to contact us.

Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 1:00 to 4:00 at Township Hall and Monday - Friday 7:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Township garage.  


Can you get a lower rate for homeowner insurance?

The City of Kent Fire Department has notified us that their overall rating from ISO (The Insurance Service Office) remains at 2/2Y (in the top 3% of all USA fire departments), but they have achieved an overall score of 89.33 which is a significant increase over the prior score of 80.48. Many insurance companies use this score in their determination of homeowner insurance rates.  Check with your insurance carrier to see if you can lower your cost with this new score.

Portage County Board of Elections looking for  precinct election officials.

The Portage County Board of Elections is looking for individuals who would like to be become precinct election officials.  The Board is in search of honest, reliable, and community-minded individuals.  On Election Day, nearly 600 citizens are needed to staff 129 precincts.  If you are interested and want more information, click here.


Census Takers needed for Portage County

The Census Bureau will begin taking the 2020 census approximately mid April.  If you would like to earn some extra money, there are openings for census takers and field supervisors.   You need to be 18 years old, a U.S. citizen and have a valid Social Security number and email address.  To find out more visit   or call 1-855-562-2020.

Part Time Seasonal Employment


The Township is accepting applications for part time seasonal employment.  Responsibilities will include snow plowing, equipment maintenance and other duties as assigned by the Road Superintendent.  Class A CDL is preferred.  All applicants must pass physical and drug tests.  Applications may be obtained from the Township Hall, 218 Gougler Avenue, Kent Monday through Friday between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. or downloaded here. Franklin Township is an equal opportunity employer.


Franklin Township Trustees Need Residents of Brady Lake neighborhood to help

Residents living in the Brady Lake neighborhood will be asked to complete a short online income survey to determine if grant monies could be made available to help pay for a Brady Lake spillway.  The level of the lake has flooded backyards and some homes.  A controlled drainage spillway can help mitigate flooding in the future.  Franklin Township and the Portage County Regional Planning Commission will be sending letters to ask residents to participate in the survey beginning early September.  If there is insufficient resident participation, door-to-door surveys will be conducted in late September.  This is an opportunity for Brady Lake residents to have a direct impact on solving a significant neighborhood problem.  If you receive the letter, please take the survey as soon as you can at  or drop in at the Franklin Township Hall to use our computers.


Thinking of erecting a garage-in-a-box on your property?


First you need a zoning permit.  Contact the Township Zoning Inspector @ 330-678-0888.

Smoke Detectors Available to Township Homeowners

The Kent Fire Department has received a grant that will allow the township to provide ionization and photoelectric sensing smoke detectors initially to elderly residents and low-income homes.  If you need smoke detectors, please contact the Kent Fire Department at 330-673-8814 and ask for Fire Prevention.  Our township Deputy Fire Prevention Officer will install the detectors and conduct a quick safety check of the house.

Bridge Closed on Ravenna Road

Effective 12/21/2017 Ravenna Road Bridge # 248 is closed over the Norfolk Southern Rail Road Tracks  (Near Towner's Woods in Franklin Township.)  This is an indefinite closure.

Need Help With Utility Bills?

First Energy has identified programs that can provide help.  Download their notice here.

Franklin Township Looking for Board of Zoning Appeals Members
The Franklin Township Board of Trustees is actively seeking township residents who would like to serve the community on the Board of Zoning Appeals.  Interested parties should send a letter of interest with a resume to Franklin Township Trustees 218 Gougler Ave.  Kent OH 44240.



Contact Us

Zoning Fees

Swift 911

 Zoning Resolution




Fire FAQ

A high speed notification program with the capability of rapidly delivering recorded warnings to the entire community, via telephone, email, text or pager.

Portage County Health District

Township Hall


Township Garage


Township Hall

218 Gougler Ave. Kent, OH  44240   

Township Garage

Visit by appointment only. Call 330-673-6222 for an appointment. 


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