Building Permits

***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.


 A completed application form, along with any other required documentation and the applicable fees, need to be submitted to the Department prior to a permit being issued. Go to appropriate link(s) below depending on the type of permit you require.


Application   Regulations  



What do I need a permit for?

New Home Application Regulations  
New Modular/

Manufactured Home   
Application Regulations  
Addition Application Regulations  
Renovation Application Regulations  
Accessory Application Regulations  
Demolition Application Regulations Utility Retirement Request Form
      Guidelines for Demolition


Fence (City Only) Application Regulations

Clear Sight Area Requirements

Temporary Tent/Trailer   Application Regulations


Electric Permits  Application Regulations Residential Rewire/Upgrade
      Solar Installer's Guidelines
      Solar Photovoltaic Permit Application Guidelines
Plumbing Permits  Application Regulations 
AC/HVAC Permits  Application Regulations


Application   South Bend Regulations St. Joseph County Regulations

CELL TOWERS           

Application   South Bend Regulations St. Joseph County Regulations

Active Permits Map

Want to know what properties in your neighborhood have active permits? Click here to find out.

Fees (Cash or Check Payment Only)


For more information contact the building department at 574-235-9554 or email