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.

GUIDE: Permits-What, When & How

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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