Building Department

Effective June 1, 2020: Building Department is open by appointment only!

Call 219-762-4204 or 219-762-5425 to schedule an appointment.

Department Function

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

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

For more information, see our Permits - What, When, and How (PDF) guide.

Typical Projects Requiring Inspections

  • Building
  • Electrical
  • HVAC
  • Plumbing

Typical Activities Requiring a Permit

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