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Shelby County was established in 1819 with Hardin serving as the first County seat.  The name Shelby came from General Isaac Shelby, an officer in the American Revolution who was noted for his bravery and honesty, and was elected Governor of Kentucky.  The people of the County chose the name Shelby because many of them were from Kentucky and admired General Shelby a great deal.

The 420 square-mile county is a blend of agriculture and industry giving Shelby County a stable economy.  The County is made up of 14 townships with trustees handling duties in each, eight incorporated villages (Anna, Botkins, Fort Loramie, Kettlersville, Lockington, Port Jefferson, Jackson Center and Russia) and one city (Sidney). The population of the County is 49,423.

The Shelby County Commissioners has selected Energy Systems Group (ESG), a leading energy services provider,to develop and implement a $4.8 million Legacy Energy Savings Project madepossible by Ohio House Bill 295. The project includes comprehensive infrastructure improvements to the historical Shelby County Courthouse.

The courthouse, located in downtown Sidney, Ohio, is a 123-year old 4-story block facility of approximately 39,300 square feet. Energy and cost avoidance savings of approximately $425,700 per year will cover the cost of the project over the 15-year term of the contract. The project is expected to be complete by December 2015.

Click here to view a copy of the
Shelby County Annual Report (in PDF format)

New County Department as of January 1, 2014

Shelby County Building Department

Effective Immediately

The new location is:
City of Sidney Municipal Building
201 W. Poplar Street - 2nd Floor
Sidney, Ohio 45365
Phone: (937) 658-6220
Fax: (937) 658-6240

Office Hours: 7:30am to 4:00pm
Phone: 937-658-6220
Fax: 937-658-6240


As an added convenience there is now an account debit option available to pay your Real Estate Taxes and Manufactured Home Taxes. This is a practical alternative to paper checks & cash. The office will debit your account when the taxes are due or monthly if you are on a prepay or a delinquent pay plan. It is a secure payment option. You can sign up regardless of where you bank and there is no convenience fee for this service.

Click here to download the forms.


Telephone-based mass notifications systems are used by thousands of public safety agencies across the US to warn citizens about local emergencies, hazards and Emergency Management Notificationother threats.  Shelby County Emergency Officials are pleased to announce that they have selected Hyper-Reach as a new provider to help bring this same life-saving capability to our county residents and workers.

For those who sign up, the new emergency alert system can provide rapid notification of hazardous and urgent situations using a mix of telephone calls, text and email messages, and TTY/TDD service for the hearing impaired. 

The County plans to use the service primarily for public safety, alerts about weather and environmental hazards, criminal activity, and missing persons. 

The emergency mass notification system is funded through the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency which is supported by all Shelby County jurisdictions in accordance with Ohio Revised Code 5502.26.

To register for the Shelby County emergency notification system, please click here.



Visit other Shelby County government web pages:
Shelby County Commissioners Office - 129 East Court Street, Suite 100 - Sidney, OH 45365
Ph: 937-498-7226 - Fax: 937-498-1293 - E-mail: