Apply For An Indiana Building Permit

Why does Indiana require building permits?

Building permits are how local governments ensure that your construction project is built to code and does not endanger workers or the local community. This is why they are generally required for any project that involves constructing a new structure, expanding an existing structure, or demolish work but are not required for cosmetic work such as painting, tiling, or carpeting. Each local municipality in Indiana determines the specifics of how code enforcement and permitting is handled.

Who issues building permits in Indiana?

Building permits are normally issued by the municipal Building Department in the city where the property is located. In some situations, for example with property that is located in unincorporated areas, it is the county Building Department that is responsible for permitting. Even if your town is incorporated, some places have agreements in place that allow the county to issue permits. For example, Pulaski County issues permits for all unincorporated areas in the county as well as for building permits needed for properties located in Winamac, Monterey, and Medaryville.

What kinds of projects in Indiana need building permits?

Permit requirements vary from city to city, but generally anything involving construction will need a permit. Constructing new buildings or demolishing old an old building certainly requires a permit, but many smaller projects do too. This includes small projects such as fences, swimming pools, sheds, detached garages, and retaining walls. For smaller projects such as these, sometime a permit is only required if the project is of a certain size. Some cities such as Goshen require permits for re-roofing and siding as well, while other cities like Warsaw do not. Permits are also required for substantial interior or exterior remodeling, plumbing work, and electrical work if it requires structural changes or the cost of the project exceeds a certain amount. Because regulations and requirements vary, it is best to check with your local Building Department before beginning any project that may require a permit.

Are there different types of building permits that I will need?

Yes, one construction project may require several permits while others may only require one. Building permits in Indiana generally include:

• Electrical permits
• Plumbing permits
• Zoning approvals
• Demolish permits
• Sign permits
• Right of Way permits
• HVAC permits

Some projects such as swimming pools and elevator installation require special fees and permissions. There are also different permits that are required depending on whether the project is residential, commercial, or industrial.  


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