Ensuring properties are constructed and maintained according to building and zoning codes is our primary mission. Our building administration responsibilities include issuing permits for construction, demolition, and occupancy. We also oversee building signage, plus issue and monitor contractor registrations and licenses. This department serves all properties within the City of South Bend, and those with a 5-digit address within St. Joseph County.
***JANUARY 1, 2018 CHANGE***
The Building Department is no longer accepting applications for variances or special exceptions/uses. For these types of applications, please contact the Area Plan Commission.
Starting January 1, 2018 the Building Department will no longer be responsible for Zoning Administration and management of the Area Board of Zoning Appeals for the City of South Bend and St. Joseph County. This will become the responsibility of the Area Plan Commission. As well, Commercial and Sign permits will require an additional ILP review by the Area Plan Commission.
The department enforces the State of Indiana’s building codes. Click on the links below to get to the code that applies to your application.
- Indiana Residential Energy Code
- New Residential Energy Code
- Process for Energy Code Compliance – Residential
Overlay Districts & Design Guidelines
All buildings require design review, and some areas, identified in the Overlay Districts (below) have additional design requirements. Find out what additional design regulations may apply to your property.
- Northeast Neighborhood Development Area Overlay District
- South Bend Central Development Area
- Outdoor Cafes & Street Vendors
- Studebaker Corridor Development Area
- West Washington-Chapin Development Area
- Airport Economic Development Area
If your property is in an Historic District or designated as an Historic Landmark, before making any applications for building permits you will need to contact the Historical District Group.
Flood Plain Ordinance
Housing and Valuation Reports
Residential Building Permits Residential Permitting Process What do I need a permit for and what is the process for getting…
Commercial Building Permits Commercial Building Permit Application What is the cost for Commercial Building Permits? The complete Fee Schedule can…
Contractor Licensing & Registration Contractors must be registered or licensed before completing code-related work within the following categories:Building, Sign, Demolition,…
Fence Regulations & Permits Fence application can be found on the City website.We require a site plan of the property,…
Building Department Jurisdiction http://www.southbendin.gov/government/content/jurisdictions Where is the Building Department's Jurisdiction? City of South Bend & St. Joseph County3 or 4…
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