Building Permits

Building Permit and Improvement Location Permit Application

PLEASE NOTE: This information is very general. There may be additional restrictions and/or requirements that you will need to follow depending on your location and use. Please call me at (812)649-6010 or email me at spencerplan@psci.net for more specific information.

When to Apply for a Building Permit

You should obtain a Building Permit before:
-Beginning any new construction of a building or structure the cost of which exceeds $2,000; or
-Beginning any alteration, remodeling or repair of any building or structure the cost of which exceeds $5,000.00; or
-Beginning the installation of an inground swimming pool; or
-Beginning any electrical, plumbing or mechanical construction the cost of which exceeds $750.00; or when the electrical & gas service is upgraded in capacity; or permanent or electrical and gas meter is installed requiring the service of Utility Co.; or before electric service can be reconnected following a fire at the premises.
-Beginning installation of any heating, ventilating or air conditioning system in a building or structure.
-Beginning installation or modifications to any underground storage tank.

Information Needed to Apply for a Building Permit

To apply for a building permit you will need the following items:

-A copy of the building plans,
-Contractor’s name and phone number,
-Septic permit or sewer receipt, if required,
-Recorded deed to the property you are building on,
-Site plan of property,
-Estimated completion date,
and
-Estimated cost/value.

*If you are not the owner of the property, you will also need a notarized statement from the owner giving you permission to build on the property.

*If the property is in the Floodplain, you will need an elevation certificate showing the new structure will be at least 2' above the Base Flood Elevation.

*If there will be employees or the public in the building, you will need a Construction Design Release from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

If a new address is needed it will be issued with building permit approval.

Building permits may not be available the same day application is applied for.

Once you have received your permit, you must post it in an obvious location.

Construction must start within 90 days of the permit being issued. The permit does not expire as long as you are making reasonable progress on the building, and you are building the same structure you were permitted for. Too much of a delay in beginning construction, or substantial changes in the building or site plans may result in you being required to obtain a new building permit.

Required Setbacks

Required setbacks from state or county right-of-way lines:
Secondary Road (County Road)……………60'
Primary Road (Blacktop, Highway)…………70'
Arterial Highway……………………75'
Local(residential)……………………30'


Accessory Buildings must be at least 5' from the back property line, and 10' from the side property line.

Driveways

If you are constructing a new driveway off a state highway, you must contact the State Highway Department in Tell City (812) 836-2111.

If constructing a new driveway off a county road, you must contact the County Garage (812) 362-8331.

Show the location of the driveway, and give the highway, county road number, or street name along with directions on your site plan.

Improvement Location Permit Fees

An Improvement Location Permit fee will be charged in addition to the Building Permit fees.

Business or Industrial Building - $25.00
Addition to above building - $25.00

Dwelling or First building on lot - $25.00

Other buildings and uses, such as private garages or an addition to other buildings - $10.00

Residential Swimming Pool (permanent, non-portable) - $10.00

Building Permit Fees

An Improvement Location Permit fee (listed above) will be charged in addition to the Building Permit fee.

1 or 2 family home (must be at least 760 square feet)
up to 1500 square feet with electric service only - $160.00
up to 1500 square feet with gas and electric - $195.00
over 1500 square feet - base fee plus $.04 per additional square foot

Apartments, Hotels and Motels
up to 1500 square feet electric only - $160.00
up to 1500 square feet with gas and electric - $195.00
over 1500 square feet - base fee plus $.04 per additional square foot

Business, Commercial and Public Buildings not otherwise covered
up to 3000 square feet electric only - $235.00
up to 3000 square feet with gas and electric - $270.00
over 3000 square feet - base fee plus $.05 per additional square foot

Educational, Institutional and Churches
up to 3000 square feet electric only - $235.00
up to 3000 square feet with gas and electric - $270.00
over 3000 square feet - base fee plus $.05 per additional square foot

Industrial
up to 3000 square feet electric only - $235.00
up to 3000 square feet with gas and electric - $270.00
over 3000 square feet - base fee plus $.05 per additional square foot

Warehouse, Bulk Storage and Non-Enclosed Buildings
up to 5000 square feet electric only - $185.00
over 5000 square feet - base fee plus $.02 per additional square foot

Accessory Buildings for Non-Agricultural use: Off of the House
up to 625 square feet - $85.00
up to 625 square feet with electric service - $120.00
Over 625 square feet - base fee plus $.04 per additional square foot

>u>Accessory Buildings for Agricultural use Only:
With no electric - $85.00
With electric - 120.00

Mobile Homes (minimum 700 square feet for residential use)
With electric only - $160.00
With electric and gas - $195.00

Residential Swimming Pool
Permanent and Non-portable - $60.00

Electrical Hook up on Liquid Storage Tanks - $60.00

Additions, Alterations, Remodelings or Repairs (all occupancies)
Up to 1500 Square Feet - $85.00
Over 1500 Square Feet - Base Fee plus $.04 per additional square foot

Relocation, Addition or Modification of Gas or Electric Service
$35.00 each No Improvement Location Permit needed