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 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.
The 2020 Indiana Residential Code (based on the 2018 International Code) will now be in effect by the State. This will include the State of Indiana Amendments. 2020 IRC.
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*Per IRC 310.1, ALL NEW HOME APPLICATIONS MUST ALSO INCLUDE A BASEMENT PLAN THAT SHOWS AT LEAST ONE EMERGENCY EGRESS WINDOW OR DOOR FOR A COMMON SPACE.
This department enforces the State of Indiana’s building codes.
The Municipal Code of the City of South Bend, Indiana; Code of Ordinances:
St. Joseph County, Indiana Code of Ordinances:
- Energy Code Compliance for New House or Addition
- Indiana Residential Energy Code
- New Residential Energy Code
- Process for Energy Code Compliance – Residential
- See City of South Bend Zoning Ordinance and Variance/Special Exception process effective January 1, 2020
- See St. Joseph County and Town Zoning Ordinances and Variance/Special Exception process
Find out if your property falls within a TIF District, a Historic Area, or Wetland/Flood Plain, as well as Zoning and Active Permit information. If so, see applicable guidelines below. Also see other Useful Maps.
If your property is in an Historic District or designated as a Historic Landmark, before making any applications for building permits you will need to contact the Historical Preservation Commission.
Flood Plain Ordinance
If your property is in a Flood Plain or Wetland, prior approval may be needed.
Housing, Commercial and Valuation Reports
Here are some links to outside sources that may be helpful to contractors, and residents on preventing lead poisoning.
For County Properties, to request a copy of public records that have been filed with our department please complete a COUNTY APRA REQUEST through our online portal.