Building Services

The Whitley County Building Department is responsible for issuing Building Permits and providing inspections for construction and remodeling projects in Whitley County, including Columbia City, Churubusco, Larwill and South Whitley.
Permits enable the county to enforce the life-safety provisions of the building codes in Indiana.  These codes are a minimum standard, protecting life, health, property and public welfare by insuring public and private buildings meet a quality standard set for all buildings in the State of Indiana.
Regulated activity includes, but is not limited to, new buildings, remodeled buildings, additions, alterations of structural, electrical, plumbing or mechanical elements of a building, placement of manufactured housing, decks, swimming pools, storage buildings, and electrical service upgrade.
Permits attained for these types of activity allows for qualified inspections to be made to insure safety and appropriate construction.  If you have questions regarding a project you are about to undertake, please contact the Department at 260-248-3112. (We do not keep copies of the building codes in our office due to frequent changes, but they can be found on the state's website:
NOTICE: As of July 27, 2012, an Improvement Location Permit will be issued for fences within the Columbia City and Churubusco Zoning Jurisdictional areas. The permit is being issued to verify that fences do not encroach over property lines or utilities. South Whitley has participated in this precedure for several years.

Functions and Services

Toll Free County Contacts

Related Sites of Interest

Building Permit Application Request FormFee Schedule
Current Building CodesBuilding Ordinance - Columbia City
Building Ordinance - ChurubuscoBuilding Ordinance - County
Building Ordinance - LarwillBuilding Ordinance - South Whitley
Unsafe Building Ordinance - South WhitleyWell & Septic Permits
Driveway Permits