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***JANUARY 1, 2018 CHANGE***

The Building Department is no longer accepting applications for variances or special exceptions/uses. Please contact the Area Plan Commission for these types of applications.

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.


PHONE: 574-235-9554

FAX: 574-235-5541


Building Department
City of South Bend/St. Joseph County
125 Lafayette Blvd, STE100
South Bend IN 46601


Need more information on a specific service? Click on the applicable service below to make sure your request gets to the right person.

APRA - Request for Information

Con​tractor Licensing

Permitting - General

Permitting - City Commercial

Permitting - County Commercial

Permitting - Signs

Permitting - Cell Towers


General Questions

Building Department Staff List