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CODE-INQUIRY: Structure Demolition

Demolitions in the City of South Bend are a complicated process involving staff from multiple departments as well as external stakeholders (such as NIPSCO and AEP).  

Where is Structure Demolition occurring?

If you are the owner of the property, you are able to enter into an executive repair agreement with the Director of the Department of Code Enforcement. 

Please see our "Executive Repair Agreement" article for more information on that process.

Who is involved in Structure Demolition?

Organizations and groups such as those listed below have partial oversight of the process throughout a demolition:

  • The Department of Code Enforcement
  • Department of Public Works (Engineering and Water Works)
  • Department of Community Investment
  • Legal Department
  • Mayor's Office
  • Hearing Officer/Independent Counsel
  • Utility Companies
  • Demolition Contractors

When is Structure Demolition occurring?

The demolition process has many requirements and can take over 200 days from the start to finish. The City must follow a legal process prior to affirming a demolition order against a property and moving forward with the demolition. Utilities are a key component to the entire process since each demolition requires a complete utility retirement of water, electric, and natural gas.

For 311:

If resident has questions about a specific property, please create a CRM service request

Check here for the active demolition list

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