Building Commissioner’s Office
Building Commissioner: Ed Batteiger
Administrative Assistant: Alicia Denning
Location: 126 East Third St. Room 228- Mt. Vernon
Hours of Business: Monday thru Friday 8:00-4:00
CLOSED (12:00 pm- 1:00 pm)
The Building Department is responsible for issuing construction permits within the limits of Posey County. (Exceptions: city limits of Mt. Vernon, New Harmony, Poseyville, and Griffin.) This process typically includes permit issuance and inspections from ground up. The department is also responsible for the adoption and amendment process of codes relating to plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and structural for both new and some existing construction, as well as the enforcement of these codes. The Building Department responds to legitimate complaints regarding abandoned vehicles, weed control, unsafe buildings, and nuisance complaints.
The Building Department is responsible for the inspection of all residential and commercial structures built or remodeled within Posey County (except the cities of Mt. Vernon, Poseyville, New Harmony, and Griffin.)
For more information download a copy of the State Ordinance that defines the rules that govern our office.
Building Permit Applications
Electrical Permit Applications
Plumbing Permit Applications
Mechanical Permit Applications
General Permit Application (Roofing, Soffit/Facia Windows and Exterior Walls)
Demolition Permit Applications
Fire Alarm Permit Applications
Boiler and Commercial A/C Permit Applications
Access Control Permit Application
Sprinkler Permit Input Forms
Click here to download the current Schedule of Building Permit Fees
A soil evaluation may be required by the building official.
Footings after forms and rebar.
After all forms or block and all rebar is in place, before pouring concrete or grout. Required for daylight and full basements before backfill, damp proofing, and insulation.
Insulation of all conducts is to be approved before cover, including branch circuits, feeders and service entrance cables.
All underground plumbing is to be tested and approved before cover.
After all underground electrical and plumbing under the slab have been approved, after gravel backfill is compacted, forms and all other embedded items are installed.
After all rough interior is complete. Water supply lines shall be tested with working water pressure or 100 psi air pressure, drain waste amd vent lines shall be tested by filling with water or 5 psi air pressure. Gas lines shall be tested.
*Forms provided in DOCUMENTS.
After all rough-in work is complete. All metal junction boxes are to be properly grounded and equipment grounds are mechanically fastened before inspection.
After all rough mechanical work is complete, including ducts for supply and return air, bath fans, range hood fans, dryers and chimneys for heating appliances.
After all rough framing is complete and after the rough plumbing and mechanical works is approved. Fire stopping shall be completed including electrical, plumbing, and mechanical penetrations through the top and bottom wall plates.
After all batt insulation and caulking top and bottom plates of exterior walls including garage and house separation fire wall. Blown in attic insulation can be verified at the final inspection.
To be made after finish grading and the building is complete and ready for occupancy. Electric meters will be inspected at this time.
A FINAL INSPECTION AND CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY IS REQUIRED PRIOR TO OCCUPANCY. YOU CANNOT MOVE IN WITHOUT ONE -- THAT INCLUDES BOTH RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL.
Frequently Asked Questions
Before a building permit application is issued, you may need to provide some or all of the information below.
First stop is the Area Plan Commission to acquire an Improvement Location Permit. If you are doing improvements without changing your present foot print of the building, the Improvement Location Permit is not necessary.
(Check with the Area Plan Commission.)
Application forms must be filled out completely and to the best of the applicant's knowledge. Applications may be obtained in our office or on our website.
Septic/ Sewer Permits from the County is obtained from the Health Department.
Site Plan- an exact location of the structure or improvement on the property is required (showing property lines, distances, existing structures, etc.
Construction Plans- One set of plans of improvements including cross section details. Drawing size can be 9 x 11 or 11 x 17.
State Release - if applicable
When scheduling an Inspection, call 812-838-1324. Please be sure to call and schedule atleast 24 hours in advance if possible. When you go to schedule an inspection you will need to provide the following information:
Specific work to be inspected
Permit number (if available)