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BUILD-REQUEST: Residential Building Permits


What do I need a permit for and what is the process for getting a permit?

Residential Building Permits include:

New homes, modular/manufactured homes, additions, renovations, accessory structures, and demolitions (Electric, Plumbing, and HVAC work as well).

What do I need a permit for?

How do I get a building permit?

Residential Building Permits can be requested at the counter or via mail at 125 S. Lafayette Blvd., Suite 100, South Bend, IN 46601.

Permit applications can be found on our website.

Residential Permitting Process

Who is eligible for Residential Building Permits?

Contractors hired for construction work (or owners doing their own work) must purchase a building permit.  They must first make sure they are registered or licensed with our department. Contractor Licenses are listed on the City website.

See "What do I need a permit for?" if you are unsure if your particular project requires a permit, and our list of applications to determine the type of permit and necessary requirements.

How quickly are Residential Building Permits provided?

Residential Building Permits can typically be issued immediately once the application and required documents are received.

What is the cost for Residential Building Permits?

Permit fees for projects constructing or demolishing square footage on a property are determined by the amount of square footage being added or demolished.

Structural permit fees for remodel projects that will not include constructing additional square footage are determined by the valuation of the job (cost of labor and materials to complete code-related work for entire project).

Permit fees for Electric, Plumbing, and HVAC are determined based on the specific categories of work being completed.

Our fee schedule can be viewed here.