Building Department

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