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The Building Department administers and enforces building codes and ordinances established by both City and State agencies. Building codes provide minimum standards for the protection of life, limb, health, environment, public safety and welfare; building codes also require energy conservation practices in the design and construction of buildings and structures. Whether at home, work, schools, or shopping, people rely on the safety of structures that are used every day.

Permit Applications & Fees

Permits FAQ

Why is a permit required?

All structures—from office buildings to single-family homes to decks and sheds—are required to meet building safety codes. To ensure compliance with these safety codes, the building inspector visits the project during construction and upon completion. A permit informs the Building Department about the project, helps ensure the contractor understands requirements, and becomes a mechanism for triggering inspections. A permit also helps maintain a record of property improvements. When someone is considering purchasing property, it can be valuable to know what work has been done on the property, when it was completed, who completed it, and that it was inspected for compliance.

Why is there a fee to get a permit?

It takes time and resources to maintain and process permits, maintain records, and conduct inspections. Fees are collected to cover the cost of the application, review, and the inspection process.

When is a permit required?
  • New Buildings and Changes to existing
  • Additions
  • Remodels
  • Decks / Pergolas
  • Sheds / Yard Barns
  • Gazebos
  • Garages / Carports
  • Electrical Work
  • Plumbing Work
  • Foundation Work
  • Utilities: Sewer Connection and Tap; Water Connection, Meter and Tap; Irrigation Meters
  • Swimming Pools
  • Fences
  • Demolitions
  • Work in the right-of-way
  • Permanent Signs and Temporary Signs


Building Codes

Please note that the following residential building code overview are ONLY basic guidelines for the listed topics. Always refer to the adopted model codes and their amendments for the precise language.

Residential Building Code Overview

Visit the State of Indiana Codes and Amendments to reference the following codes.

General Administrative Rules (GAR)
675 IAC 12
Effective Date: 22 December 2006
Updated 8/1/14; Amended 12/1/14

2014 Indiana Building Code (IBC)
675 IAC 13-2.6
Comprised of: 2012 International Building Code
Effective Date: 1 December 2014

2014 Indiana Fire Code (IFC)
675 IAC 22-2.5
Comprised of : 2012 International Fire Code
Effective Date: 1 December 2014

2012 Indiana Plumbing Code (IPC)
675 IAC 16-1.4
Model Code: 2006 International Plumbing Code
Effective Date: 24 December 2012

2009 Indiana Electrical Code (IEC)
675 IAC 17-1.8
Model Code: 2008 NFPA 70
Effective Date: 26 August 2009

2014 Indiana Mechanical Code (IMC)
675 IAC 18-1.6
Comprised of: 2012 International Mechanical Code
Effective Date: 1 December 2014

2014 Indiana Building Code Chapter 11 – Handicapped Accessibility Code
675 IAC 13-2.6-12 / A117.1 Accessible & Usable Buildings and Facilities, 2009 Edition
Effective: 1 December 2014

2010 Indiana Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
675 IAC 19.3
Comprised of: ASHRAE 90.1 2007 / 675 IAC 19-3
Effective: 7 May 2010

2005 Indiana Residential Code
Comprised of: 2003 International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings / Chapter 43 of the 2006 International Residential Code for One- and Two- Family Dwelling 675 IAC 14-4.3 / Chapter 11 of the 2009 International Residential Code 675 IAC 14-4.3-139.1
5 April 2008 Update Effective: 5 June 2008

Article 20. Swimming Pool Code
Effective: 25 March 2011 / Amended: 7 August 2013



Inspections ensure structures are being constructed with methods and materials that meet minimum building code standards.

Schedule of Building Inspections
Inspections FAQ
Who is responsible for scheduling inspections?

The Building Permit Applicant is responsible for calling to schedule inspections.

Who performs inspections?

The City of Auburn employs a Building Inspector that is trained in codes and construction methods.

How much notice is required for an inspection?

Call for an inspection at least 24-hours prior to when the inspection is needed. For example, if concrete is scheduled at 9 AM on Tuesday, call before 9 AM the Monday before.

Are there any inspection fees?

The required inspections are included in the building permit fee. Special inspection fees may be charged for the following:

  • $40 when re-inspection is required
  • Temporary Certificate of Occupancy$30 per condition
When are correction notices and green tags issued?
  • A correction notice is issued when an inspector finds an issue that does not meet the minimum code requirements. Action to correct the issue must be taken, and the issue must be re-inspected.
  • A signed green tag indicates a passing inspection.
What is a Certificate of Occupancy?

A Certificate of Occupancy (C. of O.) is required for all construction projects requiring a building permit to the occupancy or use of the building. The Certificate of Occupancy will not be issued until all electrical, mechanical and plumbing is complete and address numbers are posted on the building.

What if I do not agree with the inspection result?

If an inspector identifies an item for correction that the permit holder believes is correctly built or installed as per code, then they may contact the Administrator of the Department of Building, Planning & Development.

Are alternate methods of construction permitted?
  • The provisions of the Building Code are not intended to prevent the use of any material, alternate design or method of construction not specifically prescribed by the Building Code, provided any alternate has been demonstrated to meet the purpose of the code.
  • The building inspector may approve any such alternate, provided the inspector finds that the proposed design is satisfactory and complies with the provisions of the code and that method or work offered is at least the equivalent of that prescribed in the code in suitability, strength, effectiveness, fire resistance, durability, safety and sanitation. The customer is responsible to provide proper documentation and evidence of suitability for each alternate proposed.

Other Resources

Please contact Building, Planning & Development at 260.925.6449 if you have any questions.


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