Permits and Inspections

765-983-7341

Application Process

Once your application is received, it will be reviewed for completeness. If any further information is needed, our office will contact you. Small projects typically take 5 business days to process. Larger projects may take up to 15 business days to process. While the online system will send email updates throughout the process, we will call you to let you know when your permit is ready to be paid for and picked up. All new construction and zoning process applications require a pre-planning meeting with staff prior to submitting applications. Please call 765-983-7341 to schedule your meeting.

Pre-planning/Zoning Permits

The following permits are available for online applications:

Improvement Location Permit Application

An Improvement Location Permit (ILP) is required before permanent construction, installation, addition, alteration, or relocation of a structure; before permanent alteration to the land; and before establishment of a new or change to an existing land use. The following are examples of projects that require an Improvement Location Permit:

Constructing a new dwelling unit
Constructing a new commercial unit
Constructing a garage or carport
Adding a room to a primary structure
Adding an impervious surface
Changing a structure’s height
Digging a recreation pond
Installing a manufactured home
Installing a swimming pool
Installing a new driveway
Installing a deck or patio (over 400 sq. ft)
Installing any structure over 200 sq. ft

ILP Application Packet (required submittal)
Aquifer Protection Survey
(required for new/expanding businesses within the Aquifer Protection Overlay)

Permanent Sign Permit Application

A Sign Permit Application is required before permanent construction, installation, addition, alteration, or relocation of signs on a non-residential property. The purpose of a Sign Permit is to encourage the effective use of signs as a means of communication within the City of Richmond IN; to maintain the City's aesthetic environment by ensuring compatibility of signs with the area surrounding them; to encourage the use of signs appropriate to residential and commercial activities, to ensure the safety of vehicular and pedestrian traffic, to encourage development within the City, and to ensure compliance with Unified Development Ordinance Chapter 154 Article 5: Sign Standards.

Sign ILP Application Packet (required submittal)

Commercial Work

Commercial building and service projects may require a State Design Release. To see if your project requires a State Design Release, review 675 IAC 12-6. Visit the Indiana General Assembly to review the IAC.

Building/Service Permits

Depending on the type of project, building-related permits may require an ILP before review. Review the ILP requirements above.
The following permits are available for online applications:

Building
Remodel/Repair
Accessory Structures (unattached structures)
Additions
Deck
Water Heater
Plumbing
Temporary Service
Curb Cut

Electrical: If the work is to be completed by the homeowner, an Owner Occupant Exemption from Electrical License Application is required. Owner Occupant Exemption from Electrical License Application

Mechanical: If the work is to be completed by the homeowner, an Owner Occupant Exemption from Mechanical License Application is required. Owner Occupant Exemption from Mechanical License Application

Sewer Tap: Online applications require attachment of the City's application, Sewer Tap Application

Right of Way Excavation: Right of Way Excavation Permits are required anytime there is an excavation of any kind. Right-of-Way Excavations are necessary to install or repair many of the utilities that go to our homes and businesses, such as gas, water, or sewer. For planning information, visit the Right of Way Engineering Page.
Online applications require the following attachments:
Blanket Bond Form
Project Specific Bond Form
Certificate of Liability Insurance (City Requirements)
Excavation Report Form (Contractors can use this form or their own.)
Project plans (required for planned construction projects)

Wrecking: Applications for Residential and Commercial Wrecking Permits require proof of utility disconnect from all utilities and where applicable an IDEM Asbestos Form. The IDEM form and more information can be found here.

The following permits require in person applications:

Fire Suppression
Fire Alarm
Storm Water: Cat 1-4

Application Process

Once your application is received, it will be reviewed for completeness. If any further information is needed, our office will contact you. Small projects typically take 5 business days to process. Larger projects may take up to 15 business days to process. While the online system will send email updates throughout the process, we will call you to let you know when your permit is ready to be paid for and picked up. All new construction and zoning process applications require a pre-planning meeting with staff prior to submitting applications. Please call 765-983-7341 to schedule your meeting.

Pre-planning/Zoning Permits

The following permits are available for online applications:

Improvement Location Permit Application

An Improvement Location Permit (ILP) is required before permanent construction, installation, addition, alteration, or relocation of a structure; before permanent alteration to the land; and before establishment of a new or change to an existing land use. The following are examples of projects that require an Improvement Location Permit:

Constructing a new dwelling unit
Constructing a new commercial unit
Constructing a garage or carport
Adding a room to a primary structure
Adding an impervious surface
Changing a structure’s height
Digging a recreation pond
Installing a manufactured home
Installing a swimming pool
Installing a new driveway
Installing a deck or patio (over 400 sq. ft)
Installing any structure over 200 sq. ft

ILP Application Packet (required submittal)
Aquifer Protection Survey
(required for new/expanding businesses within the Aquifer Protection Overlay)

Permanent Sign Permit Application

A Sign Permit Application is required before permanent construction, installation, addition, alteration, or relocation of signs on a non-residential property. The purpose of a Sign Permit is to encourage the effective use of signs as a means of communication within the City of Richmond IN; to maintain the City's aesthetic environment by ensuring compatibility of signs with the area surrounding them; to encourage the use of signs appropriate to residential and commercial activities, to ensure the safety of vehicular and pedestrian traffic, to encourage development within the City, and to ensure compliance with Unified Development Ordinance Chapter 154 Article 5: Sign Standards.

Sign ILP Application Packet (required submittal)

Commercial Work

Commercial building and service projects may require a State Design Release. To see if your project requires a State Design Release, review 675 IAC 12-6. Visit the Indiana General Assembly to review the IAC.

Building/Service Permits

Depending on the type of project, building-related permits may require an ILP before review. Review the ILP requirements above.
The following permits are available for online applications:

Building
Remodel/Repair
Accessory Structures (unattached structures)
Additions
Deck
Water Heater
Plumbing
Temporary Service
Curb Cut

Electrical: If the work is to be completed by the homeowner, an Owner Occupant Exemption from Electrical License Application is required. Owner Occupant Exemption from Electrical License Application

Mechanical: If the work is to be completed by the homeowner, an Owner Occupant Exemption from Mechanical License Application is required. Owner Occupant Exemption from Mechanical License Application

Sewer Tap: Online applications require attachment of the City's application, Sewer Tap Application

Right of Way Excavation: Right of Way Excavation Permits are required anytime there is an excavation of any kind. Right-of-Way Excavations are necessary to install or repair many of the utilities that go to our homes and businesses, such as gas, water, or sewer. For planning information, visit the Right of Way Engineering Page.
Online applications require the following attachments:
Blanket Bond Form
Project Specific Bond Form
Certificate of Liability Insurance (City Requirements)
Excavation Report Form (Contractors can use this form or their own.)
Project plans (required for planned construction projects)

Wrecking: Applications for Residential and Commercial Wrecking Permits require proof of utility disconnect from all utilities and where applicable an IDEM Asbestos Form. The IDEM form and more information can be found here.

The following permits require in person applications:

Fire Suppression
Fire Alarm
Storm Water: Cat 1-4

Online System

How to Apply for a Permit Online

How to Schedule an Inspection Online

FAQ for Login and Account Issues

Contractors

In order to apply for permits and schedule inspections, contractors must be have a BS&A account with the City of Richmond. Mechanical and Electrical Contractors must be licensed with the City of Richmond, and Plumbing Contractors must register with proof of a valid state license.

Click to create an account in BS&A. A unique PIN from the city will be required to complete registration.

Click to apply for permits online.

Click to make an online inspections request.

Linking Multiple Accounts

It is possible to link accounts in BS&A. This feature makes it possible for other users to view permit/inspection history, schedule inspections, and apply for permits on your behalf. Click here for instructions on how to link multiple accounts.

Homeowners

Click to apply for permits online.

Click to make an online inspection request.

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Locations

2380 Liberty Ave.

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