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Building Permits

Evansville’s Building Inspector is responsible for processing building permits, conducting inspections,  monitoring for property maintenance, other code violation concerns within the City Ordinance as outlined in Section 46.  


Hours & Location

The Building Inspector's office is located in City Hall at 31 S Madison Street, Evansville. Permits may be emailed to or faxed to 608-882-2282. 

The Building Inspector has open office hours to answer your questions Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 am to 9:00 am and is available most weekdays by appointment. 

Building Permits


Application Information

Building Permits applications are available online here, or at City Hall.


Work Requiring a Building Permit 

Permits and Inspections are required for the following; please note the list below is not a complete list. If you have any questions as to whether your project requires a permit, please call Building Inspection at 608-490-3100. 

  • New Construction: Such as a house, garage, room addition, porch, deck, shed, fence, swimming pool, etc.

  • Addition and/or alteration to existing structures: Such as remodeling, and some refinishing, finishing, etc. 

  • Electrical service replacement or upgrade: Such as additions or alterations to existing electrical system

  • Furnace or air conditioner installation or replacement

  • Plumbing installations and repair work: Such as water heater installation or replacement

  • Re-roofing: Including tear off or overlay

  • Siding of existing structure

  • Window or door installation or replacement 

  • Demolition of existing structures


Fees & Processing

Please allow 3-7 business days to process your building permit application.  Keep in mind, processing times are subject to change dependent on the amount of permits to be processed at time you turn in yours. We will make every effort to keep to the time frames above. To insure timely processing of your permit please complete and attach all necessary information. Fees are a minimum of $50.00 and will be calculated by Building Inspector using the established City of Evansville Fee Schedule. All checks should be made payable to the City of Evansville.


Meet Our Staff


Larry Schalk

Building Inspector/Code Enforcement