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Planning, Building and Zoning Dept.


The Planning, Building & Zoning Department is a four-person department whose responsibilities are to evaluate all building permit requests. The individuals involved are the Building Commissioner, Building Coordinator, Town Administrator, & Town Administrative Assistant.

When a request for a building permit is received, the Building Department evaluates the permit, setbacks, zoning ordinance requirements, floodplain management requirements, land-use requirements, proper materials and construction practices.  If all of the above comply, a building permit will be issued. The person requesting the permit pays the fees and receives the permit, which has one year to complete the project. If the project isn’t completed within one year, the resident may apply for a one-year extension at half the cost of the original permit. Inspections are conducted before, during and after construction completion and prior to occupancy permit approval. Any inspection failure will necessitate a re-inspection fee and re-inspection. Once the project is completed, a final inspection is made and an occupancy permit is issued.

If during either evaluation there are concerns, questions or required changes, the Building Commissioner will contact the person requesting the permit for additional information and or visit the site of the project for additional information or clarification.

Who needs to apply for a building permit?

It has been said that if you put anything together with a nail, screws or nuts and bolts, you need a permit. However, there are projects that do not require permits. It is suggested that when in double check with the Building Department before you start your project. We are here to help you.

Here is a list of most of the projects you will need permits for: New Structure permits (i.e. houses, condos, multiple family, offices, stores, garages, or storage buildings), Remodeling or Foundation Repair, Fences, Swimming Pools, Decks, Additions, Alterations, Occupancy permits, Demolition permits, and Sign permits.

What happens if I do a project and did not seek a permit?

If you do any building or changing of a structure without a permit, you will be “red tagged”, fined, and be required to apply and pay for a permit. The reason for the permit and inspections is to assure that what is being done is safe, located properly and that the correct construction methods are followed.

What are the guide lines for approval?

The authority for inspection and approval of any project are the State and Local building, plumbing, electrical and structural codes. Also:

IDEM-Indiana Department of Environmental Management
DNR-Department of Natural Resources, and Storm Water Ordinance
FEMA-Federal Emergency Management Agency
Cedar Lake Zoning Ordinance
Cedar Lake Subdivision Ordinance
In addition, the PZB department through the Building Commissioner is responsible for inspecting the structures that may be designated as Unsafe Building, which may be recommended for demolition.

Questions or concerns, please call the Planning Building and Zoning Department at 219-374-7400, we are here to help!

Office Information:


7408 Constitution Ave
Cedar Lake, IN 46303

Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm

Phone: 219-374-7400
Fax: 219-374-8588

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