* * * * * 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:
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
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.
5. Click on "Account Management" in the upper right-hand corner
6. Under "Login Information" click on "edit"
8. Click Save
9. Scroll to the top of the page and click on the "Building" tab
10. Under "Building" services you may click on
Apply for a permit, Search applications and permits, or Request an inspection
11. Select the permit you want to search or request an inspection. This will be under the heading titled Application Number
12. Click on "Request" for the inspection type
13. Click Request Inspection
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
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.
Copies of the Brochure Can Be Obtained At the Following Locations:
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
Ryan VanDreissche 260-449-7034
Residential Building Inspectors
Dave Longsworth 260-449-7549
Keith Billman 260-449-7548
Steve Rannells 260-449-7546
Ron Dantzer 260-449-7573
Tony Henderson 260-4497236
Bill Stephens 260-449-7598
Howard 'Doc' Clark 260-449-7612
Mike Dwyer 260-449-7595
George Smith 260-449-7613
Jim Kraughs 260-449-7614
Brad Hunter 260-449-7616
George Strack 260-449-7285
Ned Kennerk 260-449-7619
Dean Fowler 260-449-7617
David Harper 260-449-7618
Steve Junk 260-449-7620
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:
Current Codes used in Allen County
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.