FAQ - Administration & Finance
Every business must meet zoning requirements to ensure that the business activity and site are compatible. It is strongly urged that before signing any lease or rental agreement, that you check with the City’s Building Department at 574-235-9554 to make sure your business activity is appropriate for the zoning, if it requires special parking considerations, requires a special exception use, or requires permits for changes to the building.
No, business licenses are non-transferable. A new owner must apply and pay for a new business license.
Yes, any change of name or legal entity requires a new business license. It is the responsibility of the business owner to advise the Business License Department at 574-235-5912 of any changes.
Yes, internships are available in several City departments. Please contact the Human Resources Department at:
227 West Jefferson Blvd. • Suite 1200 N
South Bend, Indiana 46601
574.235.9216 • Email
Visit the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's website or call 574.235.9544
The following formal business entities require the filing of organizational documents with the Corporations Division of the Secretary of State: Corporation, S-Corporation, Limited Liability Company, Nonprofit Corporation, Limited Partnership, and Limited Liability Partnership.
All filing and reports for formal business entities should be sent to:
Indiana Secretary of State
Business Service Division
302 W. Washington St., RM E018
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Sole Proprietorships and General Partnerships DO NOT require filing with the Indiana Secretary of State to come into existence. If the business name does not contain the owner’s name(s), file a Doing Business As, also known as an Assumed Business Name, form with the St. Joseph County Recorder’s office to secure your business name on a county level. Example: John Doe operates a business as a Sole Proprietor; d.b.a. John’s Plumbing Service. Registration of a business does not protect the name from being used by another business.
Less formal entities file with:
St. Joseph County Recorder
227 W. Jefferson Blvd., RM 321
South Bend, IN 46601
After the closing date listed on the posting, all applications are sent to the appropriate department for their review. It could take several weeks for the department to review new applications and set up interviews.
First, review and complete the form located here. Then, The City of South Bend will send someone out to check to see if the property is unsecured. If yes, they will send out a secure order asking that the property owner secures the property. The owner will then have five (5) days to secure the property. If left uncompleted, the City of South Bend will send a boarding contractor out to secure the property.
View information online or contact the St. Joseph County Health Department @ 574.245.6719
Marriage licenses and copies or replacements are issued by the St. Joseph County Clerk.
Contact the Office of the Clerk for additional information.
St. Joseph County Clerk
101 South Main Street, Basement
South Bend, IN 46601
Phone: (574) 235-9635
Fax: (574) 235-9838