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How to get an Improvement Location Permit in Indiana

On Behalf of | Oct 6, 2023 | Real Estate

Planning and constructing a project on your property is exciting, but it must meet the local government’s requirement to complete it lawfully. Whether it’s a new shed or an additional dwelling unit, you must consider whether it requires paperwork, such as an Improvement Location Permit (ILP). It is a requirement for any improvements erected on the property.

Some might try to get around this requirement by making the structures portable. They could reason that it has no foundation, making the ILP unnecessary. Still, this permit is a requirement for all improvements that stay on the property for at least six months. Also, moving the structure around might lead to more issues concerning property lines.

Before beginning a construction project, it is best to determine whether it requires an ILP by going through the following steps:

  • Consult the local government’s area planning department to determine if the ILP is necessary, providing the property’s details for evaluation.
  • Appear at the area planning department and receive guidelines to comply with standard property regulations, including zoning and setback limitations.
  • Complete the appropriate forms based on the structure for construction.
  • Check with the department if the project complies with the relevant policies.
  • Submit the application for the structure and receive approval once verification is complete.

Remember that an ILP is only one of the potential requirements for the structure. Sometimes, a project may require additional documentation from the health department and other agencies, depending on its features.

Carrying out construction projects lawfully

Planning home improvements is fun until issues arise due to noncompliance with property codes and other zoning restrictions. These policies are in place for many reasons, such as maintaining safety and health standards. Following the rules and obtaining the appropriate permits might seem tedious, but doing so could be less hassle than resolving violations later on.

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