City of Portage, Indiana

We are a community of hard working people with a commitment to keeping our city safe, clean, and prosperous.


Building Department

The function of the Building Department is to promote public safety by enforcing building standards. Building Department services include:

  • Contractor licensing - Contractors and sub-contractors must be licensed, bonded and insured to work in the City of Portage.
  • Plan review - Construction plans are reviewed for compliance with state and local requirements.
  • Building permits - Permits authorize construction and inspections.
  • Inspections - Construction is inspected for conformance with the plan, the permit and with state and local building codes.

The Building Permit Process

Typical Projects Requiring Inspections

Building, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC.

Typical Activities Requiring a Permit

  • New building construction 
  • Roofing
  • Change of Use
  • Exterior/interior remodeling
  • Occupancy Permits
  • Windows and Siding
  • Driveways
  • Porches
  • Carports
  • Detached Garages
  • Sidewalks
  • Concrete pads
  • Parking lots
  • Mobile Homes
  • Signs and Awnings
  • Sheds
  • Pool
  • Decks
  • Room additions

Popular Documents 

Typical Applications/Forms

For a complete list of documents, click here

For a list of Building Department staff, click here

Contact Us

Doug Sweeney,
Building Commissioner

6070 Central Ave
Portage, IN 46368
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  • Phone: (219) 762-4204
  • Staff Directory
  • Office Hours:
    Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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