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Although City Hall is currently closed to the public, the Building Department is otherwise operating normally. Inspections will be handled in the usual manner by calling 219-462-1161 and leaving inspection request voicemail. Permit applications can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with plans and required documents attached or mailed to Valparaiso Building Department at 166 Lincolnway. Permit pick up will be by appointment with city’s Clerk-Treasurer’s office. The lerk-Treasurer’s office will be accepting appointments between the hours of 8:30 and noon only, Monday through Friday. Please call 219-462-1161 to schedule. Permits and inspections are still required.
The Building Department is doing everything we can to minimize the impact to construction activities.
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Generally, fencing may abut your side and rear property lines and must not exceed six feet in height. When erecting a fence in your front yard, the fence shall be a minimum of six inches away from a public sidewalk, no higher than four feet, and be ornamental open picket style. If you are on a corner lot, you are considered to have two front yards. Full list of fence regulations can be found here.
A permit is required before any fence may be installed. Submit your permit application and site plan showing the fence location to the Building Department prior to starting your project.
The Building Department has adopted the following building codes: