***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.
The Building Department is responsible for building administration. The Building Department issues all permits for construction, demolition, and occupancy; oversees signage and buildings within the City of South Bend and St. Joseph County to ensure that they are constructed and maintained according to building and zoning codes. The Building Department issues and monitors contractor registrations and licenses.
The Building Department serves all properties within the City of South Bend, and all properties with a 5 digit address within the County. Some towns/cities manage parts or all of their permitting process. Click here for details.