Building & Code Enforcement.

Building & Code Enforcement.

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Welcome.

The Building & Code Enforcement Department
  • Building- Conducts inspections of new structures, additions, and renovations of existing structures within the city limits. There are four Inspectors: Building, Electrical, Mechanical (HVAC), and Plumbing, who report to the Building Commissioner.
  • Code Enforcement- In efforts of maintaining a clean and safe city, Code Enforcement Officers conduct inspections of properties for compliance with minimum housing standards, property maintenance, trash, and tall grass and weed ordinances. There are four Code Enforcement Officers that patrol assigned areas of the City and report to the Building Commissioner.
  • Permit Center – Responsible for issuing all construction, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and demolition permits, contractor licenses & registration renewals, and maintaining property files.

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229 S 2nd St Elkhart, IN 46516

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574-294-5474

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574-389-1781

clerk-office

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Welcome.

The Building & Code Enforcement Department
  • Building- Conducts inspections of new structures, additions, and renovations of existing structures within the city limits. There are four Inspectors: Building, Electrical, Mechanical (HVAC), and Plumbing, who report to the Building Commissioner.
  • Code Enforcement- In efforts of maintaining a clean and safe city, Code Enforcement Officers conduct inspections of properties for compliance with minimum housing standards, property maintenance, trash, and tall grass and weed ordinances. There are four Code Enforcement Officers that patrol assigned areas of the City and report to the Building Commissioner.
  • Permit Center – Responsible for issuing all construction, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and demolition permits, contractor licenses & registration renewals, and maintaining property files.

229 S 2nd St Elkhart, IN 46516

574-294-5474

574-389-1781

public works

Building
Inspection Division.

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The Building Department is primarily responsible for conducting building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing inspections within the city limits. Inspections can be made through the individual inspectors:

  • Building Inspector  574-322-4470
  • Plumbing Inspector 574-322-4817
  • Mechanical Inspector 574-322-4820
  • Electrical Inspector 574-322-4434

The Building Department approves construction permit applications for new construction, remodeling of existing structures, and the addition, alteration or replacement of electrical, HVAC, plumbing and fire suppression systems. Prior to approval, plans must be submitted and reviewed for completeness and conformance to Indiana Building Codes.  Applications must be submitted at the Permit Center or online (see Forms & Applications).

Plans that need to be reviewed by the Building Department may be submitted in person or emailed to plan.review@coei.org. For further instructions, please click here.

Plans for any Class 1 (commercial) structure may be required to be filed with the State of Indiana Department of Fire and Building Services prior to any permits being issued. You can click the link below to go to their website.

Indiana State Building Plan Review

The City of Elkhart currently issues licenses for Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing (must already have a State License), and Demolition Contractors.  Electrical licensing is done by the Electrical Exam Board and Mechanical licensing is done by the Mechanical Exam Board. All licenses are renewed yearly and processed by the Permit Center.

Code
Enforcement Division.

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It is the mission of the Code Enforcement Division of the Department of Planning and Development to work in partnership with the people of Elkhart, Indiana to promote and maintain a safe and desirable living and working environment using all legal methods available to bring landlords, tenants, homeowners, business and others into compliance.

We administer fair and unbiased enforcement initiatives to correct violations of municipal code requirements pursuant to the 2006 (ICC) International Property Maintenance Code.

Code Enforcement Division

The Code Enforcement Division for the City of Elkhart has a total of four Code Enforcement Officers and is supported by Office Services Staff.

Area of Responsibility

Code Enforcement Officers are assigned a specific geographic area which is their primary area of responsibility. However, each officer has the ability to address violations located in any area within the City of Elkhart.

Code Enforcement Officers have the direct responsibility to determine if violations exist and take the appropriate action to abate the situation if possible or to seek other legal remedies.

Code Enforcement Officers have the right to observe the exterior condition of private property and to enter the exterior of publicly accessible private property. To obtain inspection warrants pursuant to IC 36-7-9-16 when required. To make inspections, post notices, issue written warnings, citations, and/or orders. To issue applicable documents for any other purpose in the performance of his or her duties.

Demolition
& Legal Notices.

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Notice To Bidders

2135 Autumn Ridge Bid Packet

131 N 6th St Bid Packet

1616 Toledo Rd Bid Packet

Electrical
Exam Board.

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The Electrical Exam Board is the authority approving the issuance of electrical licenses. The Board meets once every quarter to review exam scores and approve licensing. The meetings take place on the 4th Monday of January, April, July and October. This is the only time licenses can be approved to be issued.

The Electrical Exam Board is comprised of the following members:

  • Daniel Riddle – Chairman/Electrical Inspector
  • Aimee Louderback – Local Homeowner
  • Gary Shaum – Electrical Contractor
  • Craig Johnson – Industry Electrician
  • Philip Niemzyk – Journeyman Electrician
  • Don Santerre – Electrical Utility Representative

The exam currently used by the City of Elkhart is the Prometric Master Electrician’s Exam based on the 2008 National Electrical Code. We offer the exam here locally the 2nd Monday of January, April, July and October.

Electrical License, Exam, & Reciprocation Applications & Information:

Mechanical
Exam Board.

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The Mechanical Exam Board meets on the fourth Wednesday of January, April, July and October of each year.
 The Mechanical Board is comprised of the following members:
  • Ron Glick- Chairman/Inspector
  • Steve Clodfelter- Natural Gas Utility
  • Charles Parker- Class A Contractor
  • Bart Lefever- Class AA Contractor
  • Mike Church- Class AAA Contractor
  • Dale McDowell- Local Homeowner
 Mechanical License, Exam, & Reciprocation Applications &  Information:

Permit
Center.

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The Permit Center combines virtually all of the permit applications within a single office, thus making it less likely that an applicant will be shuffled from building to building in search of information.
When in doubt about a permit being required,
contact the Permit Center at 574 294-5471 ext 3005.
The Permit Center issues permits Monday- Friday 8:00am- 4:30pm, (Excluding City Holidays) or online. We accept cash, check or credit cards.

Permit Center FAQ’s
Permits protect the owner, the contractor and the City. Permits help to protect property values and can be required in an insurance claim and refinancing. Permits also insure that all buildings and structures constructed or altered in the city meet the standards as established by the State of Indiana and the City of Elkhart. A Zoning Clearance may also be required in addition to a permit. For questions regarding whether a permit is required, please contact the Permit Center at 574-294-5471.
Permits are issued at the Permit Center located on the 1st floor of the Municipal Building at 229 South Second Street. The hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. Methods of payment are cash, check or credit card.
For both residential and commercial construction, an owner, contractor or agent may apply for a permit.

Contractors must be licensed to obtain a permit for demolition, electrical, mechanical, or plumbing. Building plans may be required. If required, plans must have sufficient detail for the reviewer to determine if all code requirements have been met.

To determine if plans require a State Design Release, go to https://www.in.gov/dhs/3658.htm– Indiana Department of Homeland Security

Inspections are required prior to pouring foundations, walls being covered and upon completion and prior to occupancy. This is not an all-inclusive list of required inspections. Please check with the Trade Inspectors regarding your project.

Whenever any work is being done contrary to the provisions of the codes and/or ordinances, the Building Commissioner or his/her designee may order the work to be stopped. A notice in writing can be served on any person(s) engaged in the doing or causing such work to be done, or by posting notice at the site where the work is being performed. Any such person(s) shall forthwith stop such work until authorized by the Building Commissioner or his/her designee to proceed with the work.

You may view the code books at your local Library or purchase them from: https://www.iccsafe.org.

Property
Maintenance

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Basic Property Maintenance 

Unsafe
Structures & OTA.

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When compliance of unsafe structures cannot be obtained Order To Take Actions hearings are scheduled. All parties having interest in the property are notified and the cases are brought before the hearing officer. The hearing officer may affirm or deny the Building Commissioners orders or he/she may impose additional civil penalties or issue orders for demolition of the unsafe structure.

When is a structure deemed unsafe?

A building or structure is deemed unsafe when it does not provide adequate egress, or which constitute a fire hazard, or is otherwise dangerous to human life. When a building or structure, in relation to an existing use constitutes a hazard to safety or health, or public welfare, by reason of inadequate maintenance, dilapidation, or abandonment as specified in the Property Maintenance Code and/or the Unsafe Building Statue the Building Code or any other ordinance are declared to be public nuisances and shall be abated by repair, rehabilitation, or demolition.

How does the OTA process work?

Whenever an enforcement officer finds that a violation exist, he/she shall caused to be served upon the responsible party a written order (notice) to abate the violation. If after a reasonable time limit the responsible party notified fails to abate the violation the code officer will forward the information to the Building Commissioner for a hearing date. At the conclusion of the hearing and after due consideration of any information presented by the code officer and the responsible party, the Hearing Officer shall render a decision as to whether a nuisance or unsafe condition exist.

For additional information please contact the Building Commissioner at 574 294-5471 ext. 1009.

Is the final decision always demolition?

Demolition is always the last option unless an emergency exists which creates a dangerous and imminent health or safety hazard to persons, property or the general public which requires immediate action. If a structure is demolished, whether contracted by the City or privately, a clean hole inspection is required. Please provide 24 hrs. notice for the inspection to be performed.

Building
Inspection Division.

.

.

The Building Department is primarily responsible for conducting building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing inspections within the city limits. Inspections can be made through the individual inspectors:

  • Building Inspector  574-322-4470
  • Plumbing Inspector 574-322-4817
  • Mechanical Inspector 574-322-4820
  • Electrical Inspector 574-322-4434

The Building Department approves construction permit applications for new construction, remodeling of existing structures, and the addition, alteration or replacement of electrical, HVAC, plumbing and fire suppression systems. Prior to approval, plans must be submitted and reviewed for completeness and conformance to Indiana Building Codes.  Applications must be submitted at the Permit Center or online (see Forms & Applications).

Plans that need to be reviewed by the Building Department may be submitted in person or emailed to: plan.review@coei.org. For further instructions, please click here.

Plans for any Class 1 (commercial) structure may be required to be filed with the State of Indiana Department of Fire and Building Services prior to any permits being issued. You can click the link below to go to their website.

Indiana State Building Plan Review

The City of Elkhart currently issues licenses for Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing (must already have a State License), and Demolition Contractors.  Electrical licensing is done by the Electrical Exam Board and Mechanical licensing is done by the Mechanical Exam Board. All licenses are renewed yearly and processed by the Permit Center.

Code
Enforcement Division.

.

.

It is the mission of the Code Enforcement Division of the Department of Planning and Development to work in partnership with the people of Elkhart, Indiana to promote and maintain a safe and desirable living and working environment using all legal methods available to bring landlords, tenants, homeowners, business and others into compliance.

We administer fair and unbiased enforcement initiatives to correct violations of municipal code requirements pursuant to the 2006 (ICC) International Property Maintenance Code.

Code Enforcement Division

The Code Enforcement Division for the City of Elkhart has a total of four Code Enforcement Officers and is supported by Office Services Staff.

Area of Responsibility

Code Enforcement Officers are assigned a specific geographic area which is their primary area of responsibility. However, each officer has the ability to address violations located in any area within the City of Elkhart.

Code Enforcement Officers have the direct responsibility to determine if violations exist and take the appropriate action to abate the situation if possible or to seek other legal remedies.

Code Enforcement Officers have the right to observe the exterior condition of private property and to enter the exterior of publicly accessible private property. To obtain inspection warrants pursuant to IC 36-7-9-16 when required. To make inspections, post notices, issue written warnings, citations, and/or orders. To issue applicable documents for any other purpose in the performance of his or her duties.

Demolition
& Legal Notices.

.

.

Notice To Bidders

911 W Wolf Demolition Notice

Electrical
Exam Board.

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.

The Electrical Exam Board is the authority approving the issuance of electrical licenses. The Board meets once every quarter to review exam scores and approve licensing. The meetings take place on the 4th Monday of January, April, July and October. This is the only time licenses can be approved to be issued.

The Electrical Exam Board is comprised of the following members:

  • Daniel Riddle – Chairman/Electrical Inspector
  • Aimee Louderback – Local Homeowner
  • Gary Shaum – Electrical Contractor
  • Craig Johnson – Industry Electrician
  • Philip Niemzyk – Journeyman Electrician
  • Don Santerre – Electrical Utility Representative

The exam currently used by the City of Elkhart is the Prometric Master Electrician’s Exam based on the 2008 National Electrical Code. We offer the exam here locally the 2nd Monday of January, April, July and October.

Electrical License, Exam, & Reciprocation Applications & Information:

Mechanical
Exam Board.

.

.

The Mechanical Exam Board meets on the fourth Wednesday of January, April, July and October of each year.
 The Mechanical Board is comprised of the following members:
  • Ron Glick- Chairman/Inspector
  • Steve Clodfelter- Natural Gas Utility
  • Charles Parker- Class A Contractor
  • Bart Lefever- Class AA Contractor
  • Mike Church- Class AAA Contractor
  • Dale McDowell- Local Homeowner

Mechanical License, Exam, & Reciprocation Applications & Information:

Permit
Center.

.

.

The Permit Center combines virtually all of the permit applications within a single office, thus making it less likely that an applicant will be shuffled from building to building in search of information.
When in doubt about a permit being required,
contact the Permit Center at 574 294-5471 ext 3005.
The Permit Center issues permits Monday- Friday 8:00am- 4:30pm, (Excluding City Holidays) or online. We accept cash, check or credit cards.

Permit Center FAQ’s
Permits protect the owner, the contractor and the City. Permits help to protect property values and can be required in an insurance claim and refinancing. Permits also insure that all buildings and structures constructed or altered in the city meet the standards as established by the State of Indiana and the City of Elkhart. A Zoning Clearance may also be required in addition to a permit. For questions regarding whether a permit is required, please contact the Permit Center at 574-294-5471.
Permits are issued at the Permit Center located on the 1st floor of the Municipal Building at 229 South Second Street. The hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. Methods of payment are cash, check or credit card.
For both residential and commercial construction, an owner, contractor or agent may apply for a permit.

Contractors must be licensed to obtain a permit for demolition, electrical, mechanical, or plumbing. Building plans may be required. If required, plans must have sufficient detail for the reviewer to determine if all code requirements have been met.

To determine if plans require a State Design Release, go to https://www.in.gov/dhs/3658.htm– Indiana Department of Homeland Security

Inspections are required prior to pouring foundations, walls being covered and upon completion and prior to occupancy. This is not an all-inclusive list of required inspections. Please check with the Trade Inspectors regarding your project.

Whenever any work is being done contrary to the provisions of the codes and/or ordinances, the Building Commissioner or his/her designee may order the work to be stopped. A notice in writing can be served on any person(s) engaged in the doing or causing such work to be done, or by posting notice at the site where the work is being performed. Any such person(s) shall forthwith stop such work until authorized by the Building Commissioner or his/her designee to proceed with the work.

You may view the code books at your local Library or purchase them from: https://www.iccsafe.org.

Unsafe
Structures & OTA.

.

.

Basic Property Maintenance 

Unsafe
Structures & OTA.

.

.

When compliance of unsafe structures cannot be obtained Order To Take Actions hearings are scheduled. All parties having interest in the property are notified and the cases are brought before the hearing officer. The hearing officer may affirm or deny the Building Commissioners orders or he/she may impose additional civil penalties or issue orders for demolition of the unsafe structure.

Unsafe Buildings and Structures and Order To Take Action

When is a structure deemed unsafe?

A building or structure is deemed unsafe when it does not provide adequate egress, or which constitute a fire hazard, or is otherwise dangerous to human life. When a building or structure, in relation to an existing use constitutes a hazard to safety or health, or public welfare, by reason of inadequate maintenance, dilapidation, or abandonment as specified in the Property Maintenance Code and/or the Unsafe Building Statue the Building Code or any other ordinance are declared to be public nuisances and shall be abated by repair, rehabilitation, or demolition.

How does the OTA process work?

Whenever an enforcement officer finds that a violation exist, he/she shall caused to be served upon the responsible party a written order (notice) to abate the violation. If after a reasonable time limit the responsible party notified fails to abate the violation the code officer will forward the information to the Building Commissioner for a hearing date. At the conclusion of the hearing and after due consideration of any information presented by the code officer and the responsible party, the Hearing Officer shall render a decision as to whether a nuisance or unsafe condition exist.

For additional information please contact the Building Commissioner at 574 294-5471 ext. 1009.

Is the final decision always demolition?

Demolition is always the last option unless an emergency exists which creates a dangerous and imminent health or safety hazard to persons, property or the general public which requires immediate action. If a structure is demolished, whether contracted by the City or privately, a clean hole inspection is required. Please provide 24 hrs. notice for the inspection to be performed.