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.
All pre-planning/zoning fees are assessed as application fees upon application submittal. Please note this is not a guarantee of application acceptance. The following permits are available for online application:
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
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.
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.
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:
Accessory Structures (unattached structures)
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: