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For information regarding Butler's building and zoning requirements, variances and permits, contact:
Steve Bingham
City Planner
Phone 260-868-5200
Cell 260-573-1387
planner@butler.in.us

Find out if a building permit is required

A building permit is required for new residential structures and additions or expansions to residential structures. Residential structures include homes, duplex, townhouses, apartments, manufactured homes, mobile homes, etc. Foundation replacement and electrical service upgrades require building permits. A new roof requires a building permit if a contractor is installing the roof. Building permits are required for accessory structures, including pole barns, signs, towers, garages, carports, decks, sheds larger than 300 square feet, swimming pools and other accessory buildings.

Building permits are also required for new commercial and industrial buildings and additions or expansions of these buildings.

This is not an all-inclusive list. If a particular project is not listed, contact the DeKalb County Building Department.

Building permits are NOT required for the following:

  • Grade level patios
  • Painting
  • Paneling
  • Siding
  • Gutter and downspout replacement
  • Insulation
  • Window and door replacement of a like size
  • Other cosmetic improvements not affecting electrical, plumbing or mechanical systems
Obtain a building permit

The City of Butler hires the DeKalb County Building Department to issue building permits and conduct subsequent building inspections. Certain projects require an Improvement Location Permit from the City of Butler before a building permit can be issued. Commercial and industrial projects typically require a State Design Release as a prerequisite to the building permit.

Building permit forms are not available online. To obtain a building permit, visit the DeKalb County Building Department in the DeKalb County Annex Building at 301 South Union Street, Auburn, Indiana.

How long does it take to get a permit?
If all the necessary prerequisites (improvement location permit, state design release and drawings) are in order, the building permit is issued at the same time the application is made.

Determine permit cost

The permit cost is based on the amount of square footage the permit covers. For residential permits, there is a $25 minimum fee.

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Get more information

The DeKalb County Building Department can answer questions about building permits.

DeKalb County Building Department
301 South Union Street
Auburn, IN 46706
260-925-3021
260-927-4779 fax
bperry@co.dekalb.in.us

For information regarding Butler's building and zoning requirements, variances and permits, contact:
Steve Bingham
City Planner
Phone 260-868-5200
Cell 260-573-1387
planner@butler.in.us

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