About Us

Brian Thompson
Brian Thompson
Chief Code
Enforcement Officer

The Department of Technical Code Enforcement of Columbus/Bartholomew County is responsible for assuring that all construction meets minimum health and life standards, building codes and zoning requirements as specified or referenced in the Ordinances of Bartholomew County and the City of Columbus, Indiana.

The department issues permits for a variety of activities (including commercial and residential new construction, remodeling and swimming pools), reviews building plans, assigns addresses, answers requests for information on zoning, code requirements, flood plain coverage and number and type of permits issued. Code Enforcement is also responsible for fire inspections of businesses, schools and other public buildings located out of the city limits. We also investigate nuisance complaints and zoning violations outside of the city limits.


Staff

Asst. Chief Code Enforcement Officer: Mark DeBusk

Zoning Enforcement Officer: Bill Klakamp

Inspectors

County Fire Inspector: Gene Wever

Residential Building Inspector: Keith Arbuckle

Residential Building Inspector: Terry Kirshman

Commerical Building Inspector: Jeff Abplanalp

Administrative

First Deputy - Permit Clerk: Nancy Whipker

First Deputy - Permit Clerk: Roberta Brougher

Second Deputy - Permit Clerk: Stephanie Carr

 

Permits & Applications

About Permits


The following items may be required by The Department of Technical Code Enforcement prior to the issuance of the permit:

  •     One set of construction plans, including floor plan, wall detail, engineered truss detail, and material list
  •     Site plan showing location of structure and/or improvements, other structures, property lines and dimension, easements and setbacks
  •     Health Department release for septic systems, if applicable
  •     Driveway permit from state or county highway department, if applicable
  •     State Design Release for commercial work
  •     Zoning Compliance Certificate from Planning Department

Please contact our office for the specific items required for your project.

The "Building Code of Bartholomew County, Indiana", and the "Building Code of the City of Columbus, Indiana", both state:

"A permit shall be obtained before beginning construction, alteration or repair of any building or structure, the cost of which exceeds Three Hundred Dollars ($300.00), using the forms furnished by the Department of Technical Code Enforcement".

If you are thinking of making additions, improvements or alterations to your home or property, a permit is required for most improvements, including but not limited to:

  •     New Residential and Commercial Buildings
  •     Modular Homes and Mobile Homes
  •     Sheds and Storage Buildings
  •     Attached or Detached Garages
  •     Swimming Pools (in ground and above ground)
  •     Room Additions and Sun Rooms
  •     Decks, Porches and Carports
  •     Electrical Service upgrades
  •     Kitchen and Bath remodels
  •     Roofing, Siding and Window replacement
  •     Storage Tanks, Demolition and House Moving
  •     Permanent or Temporary Signs

 

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Permit Fees

Commercial Building Permit Fees


Original permits are good for two (2) years from the date of issue.

Permit Type

Minimum Inspection Fee(s)

Commerical/Multi-Family* $200.00 + $.07 per square foot
Additions* $100.00 + $.07 per square foot
Remodeling* $100.00 + $.07 per square foot
Accessory Structures* $100.00 + $.07 per square foot
Relocation $100.00 + $.07 per square foot
Demolition $30.00
Swimming Pools $60.00 Includes two (2) inspections
Storage Tanks: Under or above ground $60.00 Each
Re-inspection fee $30.00, $50.00, $100.00
Electrical Only $30.00 - First Inspection Only
Plumbing Only $30.00 - First Inspection Only
Heating Only $30.00 - First Inspection Only
Ventilation Only $30.00 - First Inspection Only
Air Conditioning Only $30.00 - First Inspection Only
Heating and Air Conditioning Combination $30.00 - First Inspection Only
Sprinkler System $30.00 - First Inspection Only
Hood $30.00 - First Inspection Only
Fire Suppression $30.00 - First Inspection Only
Signage $30.00 Per Sign
Cellular Towers & Control Buildings* $60.00 Each
Foundation $60.00 Each
Permit renewal for one (1) year Half(1/2) of original permit fee

*Includes all required permits - Elec., Plumb., HVAC

Residential Building Permit Fees


Original permits are good for two (2) years from the date of issue.

Permit Type

Minimum Inspection Fee(s)

One and Two Family Dwellings* $100.00 + $.07 per square foot
Additions and Remodeling* $50.00 + $.07 per square foot
Manufactured Homes* $50.00 + $.07 per square foot
Accessory Structures* $30.00 + $.05 per square foot
Relocation $100.00 + $.07 per square foot
Demolition $30.00
Swimming Pools $60.00 Includes two (2) Inspections
Decks & Patios $50.00 + $.05 per square foot
Re-inspection Fee $30.00, $50.00, $100.00
Electrical Only $30.00 - First Inspection Only
Plumbing Only $30.00 - First Inspection Only
Heating Only $30.00 - First Inspection Only
Ventilation Only $30.00 - First Inspection Only
Air Conditioning Only $30.00 - First Inspection Only
Heating and Air Conditioning Combination $30.00 - First Inspection Only
Sprinkler System $30.00 - First Inspection Only
Roofing $30.00 - First Inspection Only
Siding $30.00 - First Inspection Only
Permit renewal for (1) year Half (1/2) of original permit fee

 *Includes all required permits - Elec., Plumb., HVAC


Inspections

Inspection Information


All inspections require 24-hour advance scheduling. All scheduling must be made by calling the office at 812-379-1535. Inspections may be phoned in until 5 PM the day before the inspection is needed. Please call the office with any questions. General information is as follows (more information on Residential and Commercial Inspections can be found in the documents at the bottom of the page):

Footing: Inspections are required before concrete is poured. Footing Inspections must be scheduled through the office the day before the inspection is needed. Then, on the morning of the inspection, phone the office between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM to schedule a time for the inspector to inspect the footing that day (between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM). You will need to provide the permit number, location and time you wish to have the inspection.

Under-slab: Inspections are required before placing fill. All mechanicals must be exposed.

Basement Foundation: Inspection is required before backfill. The drainage tile, gravel, insulation, damp-proofing, anchor bolts and sill plates must be in place.

Crawl-Space Foundation: Inspection is required before backfill. The drainage tile, gravel, insulation, anchor bolts, sill plates and sump pit must be in place. The crawl must also be properly graded.

Rough-In Inspection: Includes frames, firestop, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, completed roof, and manufactured fireplaces. Electrical service should be ready for meter installation.

Final Inspections: All fees and fines must be paid before final inspection will be scheduled. Do not occupy before this inspection

Inspectors have all day to make requested inspections, but will try to accommodate specific circumstances if possible.

Inspection List:

104

Footer

230

Electrical Rough Only

430

Air Conditioning Rough Only

108

Footer Pole Barn

250

Electrical Service Change     

499

Final Mechanical

110

Foundation

270

Electrical Mobile Home

500

Sprinkler Rough Only

130

Framing Only

280

Swimming Pool/Hot Tub

599

Sprinkler Final

150

Fireplace / Flues

299

Final Electric

700

Sign

160

Roof

310

Plumbing Under Slab Only

900

Underslab

170

Siding

320

Plumbing Rough Only

910

Rough All Trades

199

Final Building

399

Final Plumbing

950

Above Ceiling

210

Temporary Electrical Service    

410

Heating Rough Only

999

Final Inspection

220

Electrical Underground Only

420

Heating Underslab Only

   

 

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Licensing Information

Electrician Licensing


As a cooperative effort between jurisdictions offering licenses for electrical contractors, several area departments have standardized the testing requirements for the licenses. Individual licenses may still be required, but the necessity for retaking tests will be eliminated and qualifying for a license may now be simplified. Each jurisdiction may have individual requirements for a license and some jurisdictions only offer a Master Electrician license. Check with each jurisdiction in which you wish to be licensed for their available types of license. The minimum passing score for these examinations is seventy five percent (75%).

 

Bartholomew County will offer only a Master Electrician license, which allows holders to perform work on all types of commercial and residential (class 1&2) structures.

 

In order to better serve electrical license applicants, we have joined with these other jurisdictions in South Central Indiana to offer testing dates at a regional site. Prometric, which offers an accepted standard examination for electricians in many areas of Indiana and across the nation will be offering a full-service proctored program in Columbus, Indiana. This will provide a standard examination and allow other jurisdictions to extend licensing on a reciprocal basis.

The Prometric electrical examinations are currently based on the 2008 National Electrical Code. The following file should provide you with the necessary information for taking the examinations. If any questions arise about Bartholomew County Licensing, please feel free to call or use the Contact Us along the top menu.  You can also find additional information about Electrical Licensing and application for renewal in our Form Center.

Licensing

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Current Codes

Current Indiana Codes


Below is a partial list of the Indiana Codes

A complete listing of the codes and the Indiana Amendments to the codes are available by cicking here.

General Administrative Rules: (675 IAC 12)

2014 Indiana Building Code: (675 IAC 13-2.6)

2012 International Building Code with Indiana Amendments, Effective December 1, 2014

2005 Indiana Residential Code: (675 IAC 14-4.3)
2003 International Residential Code with Indiana Amendments, Effective September 11, 2005

2012 Indiana Plumbing Code: (675 IAC 16-1.4)
2006 International Plumbing Code with Indiana Amendments, Effective December 24, 2012

2009 Indiana Electrical Code: (675 IAC 17-1.8)
2008 National Electrical Code with Indiana Amendments, Effective August 26, 2009

2014 Indiana Mechanical Code: (675 IAC 18-1.6)
2012 International Mechanical Code with Indiana Amendments, Effective December 1, 2014

2010 Indiana Energy Conservation Code: (675 IAC 19-4)
2009 International ECC and ANSI/ASHRAE 90.1-2007 Standard with Indiana Amendments, Effective May 6, 2010

Indiana Swimming Pool, Spa and Water Attraction Code: (675 IAC 20-1.1), Effective April 24, 2011

2014 Indiana Fire Code: (675 IAC 22-2.5)
2012 International Fire Code with  Indiana Amendments, Effective December 1, 2014

2014 Indiana Fuel Gas Code: (675 IAC 25-3)
2012 International Fuel Gas Code with Indiana Amendments, Effective December 1, 2014

Code Books
Code books can be obtained through the International Code Council (ICC) (800-786-4452) or the Architectural Center Bookstore (317-634-3871).

Planning

Planning


The City of Columbus – Bartholomew County Planning Department provides both long-range community planning and current development review services for the City of Columbus and Bartholomew County.  Specific information, updates, and public notices can be seen through the City of Columbus' website.

 

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