I am a resident and am thinking of improving my property. Do I need a permit?

Residential Improvement Location Permits are generally required for projects that involve constructing, enlarging, moving, or in some cases maintaining a structure or building. Permits are typically required for:

  • Decks
  • Fences
  • Garages
  • Sheds (over 200 square feet)
  • Swimming pools

In order to process your permit you will need to submit a completed permit application, plot plan, and permit fee. Before starting a project please call the New Haven Planning Department at 260-748-7040 to determine whether a permit will be required from the city prior to construction.

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1. I am a resident and am thinking of improving my property. Do I need a permit?
2. I am having a new home built and need to close on the property but the home is not complete. Will I still be able to get a Certificate of Compliance?
3. What about commercial and industrial projects?
4. What types of inspections will be required during the construction of my project?
5. What types of permits does the New Haven Planning Department issue?
6. Where can I find zoning information for properties within New Haven's planning jurisdiction?
7. Who should I contact regarding building permits and building codes?
8. How do I request a zoning verification letter?
9. Are there site plans available for the new homes being built in my subdivision?
10. What do I do if I have concerns about the setback of the new home in relation to my property?
11. How do I comment on a current project proposal?