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BUILD-REQUEST: Contractor Licensing & Registration

Contractors must be registered or licensed before completing code-related work within the following categories:

Building, Sign, Demolition, Electric, Plumbing, HVAC, Fire Suppression, Hood Installation, Refrigeration, Above or Underground Storage Tanks, Irrigation, and Excavation (drywells)

Please see these different applications and requirements on our website.

Owner/occupants may perform work on their own residential, single family dwellings, upon signing an affidavit.

Please see requirements through City Engineering, County Engineering, and the Health Department regarding additional licenses and registrations that may also be required.

What is the cost for Contractor Licensing & Registration?

The fee for all types of licenses & registrations listed above is $125, payable by cash or check only.
For new Electrical and HVAC licenses, there is an application review fee of $50 upon application submission, prior to licensing.

Applications, requirements, and renewals can be found on the City website.

Who is eligible to be a Licensed or Registered Contractor?

https://southbendin.gov/department/building/contractor-licenses/

Electric and HVAC contractors must submit an application to be reviewed prior to becoming licensed within our jurisdiction.

Plumbing contractors must have an Indiana State Plumbing License prior to becoming registered within our jurisdiction.

Excavation contractors do not need to have an Indiana State License or a Surety Bond, but do still need to become a registered contractor to work within our jurisdiction.

Building, Sign, Demolition, Fire Suppression, Irrigation, Fire Suppression, Hood Installation, Refrigeration, Above or Underground Storage Tank, and Irrigation contractors are required to get a Surety Bond to become a Registered Contractor.

How quickly is a Contractor License or Registration processed?

Applications, documents, and payment must be submitted in person or via mail.  

Applications require review, which will take place within 10 business days.

New or renewed Licenses and Registrations can be processed immediately.

How can I request a Contractor License or Registration?

Applications, documents, and payment must be submitted in person or via mail at 125 S. Lafayette Blvd. Suite 100 South Bend, IN 46601.  

Applications require review, which will take place within 10 business days.  Applicants will be notified once review is complete, via phone or email, per applicant's preference.

New or renewed Licenses and Registrations can be processed immediately and issued at the counter, via email, or via mail, per applicant's preference.

For 311:

All required applications and details are listed on our website.

Please see requirements through City Engineering, County Engineering, and the Health Department regarding additional licenses and registrations that may also be required.

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