Infrastructure and Development

Contact Information

Phone: 765-983-7341

Fax: 765- 983-7584


50 North 5th Street, Richmond IN


Monday–Friday: 8:30am–4:30pm


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The mission of the City of Richmond Department of Infrastructure and Development is to encourage and assist planned growth, safe construction and quality of life improvements for the citizens of Richmond through innovation, partnerships and quality customer service based on the recommendations of the Richmond Comprehensive Plan and guidelines established in the Richmond Code and adopted building rules, codes and standards.

Departmental Organization

Community Development staff serves the Richmond community through various functions related to development, growth, and construction.  Staff secures grant funding for several city departments, administers Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) projects, as well as informs and educates the community about how the City functions and the work of various departments. Economic Development serves as staff to the Revolving Loan Fund Board and Redevelopment Commission.

Permits and Inspections staff issues permits, reviews development plans, enforces the City’s Building and Housing Codes, performs construction inspections, and provides professional services related to construction and development of the City. As a public safety function, the Building Commissioner and certified building inspectors strive to insure the safety of all building occupants through a rigorous inspection system.   

Planning and Zoning staff coordinates annexations, zoning of property for residential and commercial use, and site design approval. A professional planning staff reviews all projects for conformance to local ordinances and standards, oversees the implementation of proposed plans and developments and the administration of the existing zoning ordinances of the City.  This staff also provides assistance to petitioners through the process of filing documentation for subdivisions, annexations, re-zonings, variances, dedications and vacations of public rights of way. 

Public Works and Engineering staff is responsible for the implementation and/or oversight of planning, design, and construction for the City's infrastructure (Streets, Sidewalks, Curbs, Utilities, etc.). This staff also oversees the management of the City's Airport and Public Transportation System.

* Please Note: As the weather gets cold, we at the city of Richmond would like to ensure that all residents that lease their homes and the landlords are responsible for heat are compliant with the rental agreement, if you are a tenant and have no heat you can call permits and inspections at 765-983-7341 or 765-983-7434

Current Projects

Blight Elimination Program

The goal of the Blight Elimination Program is to stabilize residential property values and prevent foreclosures in Indiana neighborhoods and communities. Since 2015 the city has removed over 130 unsafe and blighted homes leaving  safer and more attractive neighborhoods in it's wake. Target Area

Stellar Communities

In 2013 Richmond was awarded a Stellar Community designation. Since that time the City of Richmond has taken on several projects to focus on revitalization efforts in the city. Some of those projects are.

Jack Elstro Plaza
Jack Elstro Plaza

Completed in 2016 and dedicated to  longtime Richmond Common Council member Howard "Jack" Elstro. Elstro served for 47 years on the council and the Richmond Power & Light board. He was the longest-serving councilman in Richmond history and is believed to be the longest-serving city councilman in Indiana history. Since it's opening the park has been hosto concerts, plays, fashion shows, the annual Richmond Ice Festival, and the Summer Farmers Market.

Music City Place

Opened in Spring of 2018 Music City Place is an adaptive reuse of the historic YMCA at 50 N. Eighth Street. 50 units have been created for the purpose of senior housing. Located on the literal crossroads of America at the intersection of  National Road and State Road 27, thbuilding is a prominent, highly visible historic structure.

"The Richmond Loop"

Slated to start summer of 2018, "The Richmond Loop" is designed to enhance the 7th and 10th Street corridor (connecting Main Street/downtown to the Depot District.) This will create a safe walkable/bike-able community to encourage wellness, fitness and as another unique asset that the downtown living offers. Installation of dedicated walking space, biking space and vehicle accommodations are planned. In addition, traffic calming measures such as "bumpouts," rain gardens, lighting and directional signage will be installed.

Downtown Renovation, Facades

Starting in Summer of 2018. This project will  positively impact Richmond's historic downtown. Investments in facades will help attract additional businesses downtown. Facade improvements will initiate a renewed pride in Downtown as well as increase the tax base. 5 business through an 80/20 grant match will be participating in this program.


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