* * * * * The Allen County Building Department is celebrating Building Safety Week May 3-9. Across the nation, communities are promoting the use and understanding of building safety and fire prevention codes to protect lives and property. * * * * *

One of the many things for you to consider is whether or not you need a permit for your home improvement project.

All structures--from office buildings to single family homes to decks and sheds-- are required to meet building safety codes. To ensure these safety codes are met, our trained inspectors visit the structure during construction and upon completion.

You need a permit so the Building Department knows what kind of work you're doing and can send the inspector with the apropriate knowledge to complete the inspection.

In addition to helping make sure your home improvements are done safely, securing a permit is part of maintaining the record on your property. When someone is considering purchasing property, it can be valuable to know what work has been done on the property, when it was completed and who completed it.

Examples of projects needing permits include:

  • Re-roofing
  • Installing electrical outlets
  • Replacing windows
  • Remodeling kitchens or bathrooms
  • Installing a pool, spa or hot tub
  • Building an addition, including seasonal rooms
  • Installing appliances and replacements such as furnaces, boilers, water heaters, fireplaces and space heaters

For futher information, please click the links below:

To see if your home project needs a permit, contact the Allen County Building Department at 260-449-7131.

1. Go to https://citizenaccess.acfw.net/citizenaccess/. Note that this website address must be typed in the address bar. You cannot search for this web address through a search engine such as Google.

2. Click on "login" in the upper right-hand corner

3. Enter your contractors license number as your User Name, Enter your contractors pin number as your Password

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4. Click on Login. Note that if you receive an error message you may not be a registered user. Please contact the Allen County Building Department at (260)449-7131 for registration.

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5. Click on "Account Management" in the upper right-hand corner

6. Under "Login Information" click on "edit"

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7. Please enter your email address (most accounts will show a default of "This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "). DO NOT CHANGE the User Name, Password, or Security Question or you will LOCK yourself out of the system!!!!!!!!!

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8. Click Save

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9. Scroll to the top of the page and click on the "Building" tab

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10. Under "Building" services you may click on

Apply for a permit, Search applications and permits, or Request an inspection

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11. Select the permit you want to search or request an inspection. This will be under the heading titled Application Number

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12. Click on "Request" for the inspection type

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13. Click Request Inspection

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14. Scroll to the top of the screen and click on Apply for a permit, Search applications and permits, or Request an inspection to navigate through system

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Inspectors are in the office from: 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Commercial Building Inspectors

Curtis Auld 260-449-7597
John Reinking 260-449-7574
Thom McGuire 260-449-7034

Residential Building Inspectors

Dave Longsworth 260-449-7549
Keith Billman 260-449-7548
Steve Rannells 260-449-7546
Doug Krause 260-449-7573

Plumbing Inspectors

John Hostetler 260-449-7236
Bill Stephens 260-449-7598
Howard 'Doc' Clark 260-449-7612

Electrical Inspectors

George Smith 260-449-7613
Jim Kraughs 260-449-7614
Brad Hunter 260-449-7616

HVAC Inspectors

Ned Kennerk 260-449-7619
Dean Fowler 260-449-7617
David Harper 260-449-7618
Steve Junk 260-449-7620

Remodeling Reference Created for Homeowners
Asking the right questions in advance helps home projects run smoothly

(April 20, 2005) - The Allen County Commissioners have introduced a brochure designed to aid homeowners in planning and completing home remodeling projects.

Before You Remodel is the product of a team effort between Allen County and Fort Wayne planning departments and the Allen County Building Department, with input from the Homebuilders Association of Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne Area Association of Realtors, Better Business Bureau, Indiana Michigan Power and others.

Before You Remodel encourages homeowners to ask important questions while a project is still in the planning stage. The brochure also contains contact information for the resource agencies that can help answer those questions.

"Navigating through the process of obtaining permits and complying with zoning requirements can be confusing," said Commissioner Marla Irving. "Before You Remodel is packed full of information that remodelers - especially do-it-yourselfers - need to consider when planning a home construction project."

The cost of developing and printing the brochure was donated by Indiana Michigan Power, the Homebuilders Association of Fort Wayne and the Better Business Bureau.

Copies of Before You Remodel will be available, beginning later this week, at these locations: all branches of the Allen County Public Library; area Lowe's, Home Depot and Menard's home improvement stores; Home Builders Association of Fort Wayne; Better Business Bureau; Fort Wayne Area Association of Realtors; Allen County, Fort Wayne, New Haven and Leo-Cedarville planning department offices; Allen County Building Department and the Allen County Commissioners' office.

Download the brochure

Copies of the Brochure Can Be Obtained At the Following Locations:

  • All branches of the Allen County Public Library
  • Area Lowe's, Home Depot and Menard's home improvement stores
  • The Home Builders Association of Fort Wayne, 305 W. Main Street
  • Better Business Bureau of Northeast Indiana, 4011 Parnell Avenue
  • Fort Wayne Association of REALTORS, 3403 East Dupont Road
  • The Allen County, Fort Wayne, New Haven and Leo-Cedarville planning departments
  • The Allen County Building Department
  • The Allen County Commissioners Office

 

Land Use, Permitting and Inspections Satisfaction Survey

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The Building Department was created to administer and enforce building, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical, plumbing, sanitation, sign codes and standards, to provide minimum standards for the protection of life, limb, health, environment, public safety and welfare, and for the conservation of energy in the design and construction of buildings and structures.

What We Do:

  • Issue Contractors Licenses and Registrations
  • Issue Building Permits
  • Inspections
  • Issue Certificate of Occupancy
  • Minimum Housing Inspections
  • Sponsor Prometic / ICC Tests
  • Sponsor Prometic / ICC Contractor Test
  • Sponsor Prometic / ICC Electrical Test Master and Journeyman
  • Sponsor Prometic / ICC HVAC Test Supervisor and Journeyman
  • Sponsor Prometic / ICC Non Sanitary Piping Supervisor and Journeyman

Current Codes used in Allen County

  • General Administrative Rules: (675-IAC-12 GAR)
  • Indiana Building Code: (675-IAC-13 IBC) Based on: 2012 International Building Code (1st printing) with Indiana Amendments, Effective December 1, 2014.
  • Indiana Residential Code: (75-IAC-14 OTFDC) Based on: 2003 International Residential Code (5th printing) with Indiana Amendments, Effective April 15, 2012
  • Industrialized Building Systems: (675-IAC-15 ISB) Effective May 15, 2003
  • Indiana Plumbing Code: (675-IAC-16 IPC) Based on: 2006 International Plumbing Code with Indiana Amendments, Effective December 24, 2012
  • Indiana Electrical Code: (675-IAC-17 IEC) Based on: 2008 National Electrical Code (1st printing) with Indiana Amendments, Effective August 26, 2009
  • Indiana Mechanical Code: (675-IAC-18 IMC) Based on: 2012 International Mechanical Code (1st printing) with Indiana Amendments, Effective December 1, 2014
  • Indiana Energy Conservation Code 2010 (ASHRAE 90.1 2007 edition, as amended)
  • Indiana Swimming Pool Code: (75-IAC-20 ISPC) Based on: 1989 Indiana Swimming Pool Code with Indiana Amendments, Effective April 24, 2011
  • Indiana Safety Code for Elevators, Escalators, Man lifts and Hoists: (675-IAC-21 SCEEMH) Based on: ASME A18.1, 2005, Effective April 13, 2011
  • Indiana Fire Prevention Code: (75-IAC-22 IFC) Based on: 2012 International Fire Code, (1st printing) with 2008 Indiana Amendments, Effective December 1, 2014
  • Indiana Supplementary Fire Safety Rules: (675-IAC-24 SFSR) Effective May 17, 2003
  • Indiana Fuel Gas Code: (675-IAC-25 IFGC) Based on: 2012 International Fuel Gas Code (1st printing), with Indiana Amendments, Effective December 1, 2014

Code Books may now be purchased on line at www.iccsafe.org then select the product store

RULES AND REGULATIONS - Thirteenth Addition Effective 5-7-2003 - click here to download or purchase it at our office for $10.00 per copy.

FEE SCHEDULE CHANGES

The Board of Directors for the Allen County Building Department has amended the fee schedule for permits. The new fee schedule will take effect January 1, 2016. Click here to review the new fee schedule.

We now accept credit card payments for over-the-counter purchases.

Commissioners

Contact Info

Citizens Square, Suite 410
200 East Berry Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

260-449-7555 Phone
260-449-7568 Fax
260-449-7671 PIO

Hours:
M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

commissioner@co.allen.in.us