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2024 Building Permit Reminder




The Town of Thorntown is very grateful that our residents are willing to invest money into the improvement of their homes and commercial buildings. If you are planning a home improvement or commercial building improvement project you may be wondering, “Do I need a permit?”

The Town of Thorntown has adopted the Indiana State Building Code. This code was revised in 2020.  Under that Code, building permits are required to construct, add onto, alter, remove, demolish or repair a structure.  Examples of projects that require a permit are; basement finishes, re-roofing, re-siding, some electrical replacement or upgrades, windows, garages, sheds, decks, fences, furnaces, gas fireplaces, air conditioners, etc.

A permit ensures that proper services are provided to safeguard life, health, general public welfare and property values.  Through the permit process, Town Building Department staff will review permitted construction work and installations to ensure that they are done safely and in accordance with current requirements.  Regular inspections during construction not only can reveal minor problems that could avert costly repairs, but may also identify life-safety concerns.

In advance of when you wish to begin work, submitting all the required information about your project along with the permit application form will help to ensure a timely review and permit issuance.  For additional information about permit requirements and to fill out an online, fillable form PDF building permit application, please visit our Building Permits & Inspections page. 

Some projects may not require a building permit; however, they may require a zoning permit.  Examples of these projects are; fences, sheds over a specified square footage and unattached decks less than 30 inches in height.

If you are unsure if your project requires a permit or if you have other questions, please contact Town Building Department Operator, Drew Guenther at (765) 535-3877 or email Drew at bldginspections@thorntown.in.gov . Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thank you again to our residents for taking pride in your properties and making these investments in improvements.  Our Building Department staff is here to help make it an easy and safe process.