All contractors, including subcontractors, must be registered or licensed with the Building Department in order to perform work in St. Joseph County and City of South Bend; with the exception that a residential owner-occupant of a dwelling may perform their own work. Click on the corresponding links below to get requirements, steps and forms for registration and licensing with the Building Department.
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The 2020 Indiana Residential Code (based on the 2018 International Code) will now be in effect by the State. 2020 IRC.
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Beginning February 1, 2020, and 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. The requirement, amended out by the State in the previous Residential Code, is now required for the 2020 Indiana Residential Code (2018 International Residential Code).
*REQUIRED FOR ALL CONTRACTORS* WORKERS COMPENSATION (https://www.in.gov/core/business_guide.html) OR EXEMPTION (https://www.in.gov/wcb/2328.htm)
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