Welcome to the East Chicago Building Department


The mission of the East Chicago Building Department is to provide a resident-friendly and efficient entity that will enforce the minimum standards for the protection of life, health, environment, public safety and general welfare. Our goal is to promote and maintain a safe and desirable living environment, which will improve property values and enhance the quality of life for all residents of the City.

Rental Registration

City of East Chicago, Indiana Code of Ordinances Title XI, Chapter 123: Rental Housing requires owners of real property in the City of East Chicago, which real property is used as rental housing, to register all such properties on an annual basis. The ordinance requires owners of rental properties to register annually at the East Chicago Building Department office, 4444 Railroad Avenue, East Chicago, Indiana, and pay an annual registration fee of $10.00 per each dwelling or rooming unit.

2016 Registration will commence on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 and received Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00p.m.


CITY OF EAST CHICAGO, INDIANA – The City of East Chicago Building/Code Enforcement Department are implementing its “2016 Business Inspection Program” throughout each and every business district in the City of East Chicago, Indiana.

The survey will entail inspectors conducting visual exterior and interior inspections of all commercial districts in the City of East Chicago, Indiana, to include all vacant and occupied commercial buildings, front and rear yards, garages/sheds, fences, common areas, etc. The inspections will be conducted once a week until the entire commercial districts has been inspected. The purpose of this survey is to examine all buildings and their surroundings used for commercial purposes to determine the safety of such buildings and structures; as well as to enhance the quality of life, promote and maintain the health, safety and welfare of the residents of East Chicago.

The survey will commence at the south side business district areas of the City on Wednesday, January 7, 2016. For exact starting point or additional information, please contact the East Chicago Building Department office at 391-8294.

Department Duties:

Examining and approving or rejecting all building permit applications.
Enforcing zoning laws.
Inspecting all buildings in the course of construction or repair.
Review and approve or reject applications for licensing of contractors and sub-contractors.
Periodic inspections of one- and two-family and multi-family dwellings.
Conducting inspections of complaint reports regarding permits/licensees, unsafe buildings, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, electrical, plumbing, swimming pool, debris, weeds, abandoned vehicles and fences.
Issue orders to repair, condemn and demolish.
Vacate unsafe buildings.
Seal unsafe buildings.
Conduct periodic joint inspections with Health, Fire and Air Quality Departments.
Generally speaking, the services provided by the East Chicago Building Department are the same compared to the cities of Hammond and Gary, which are cities designated as first class cities. For instance, similarities include licensing, permits, condemnations and demolition of unsafe buildings. Also, it is significant to note that the City of East Chicago has an interrelated Code Enforcement Department, a division in the Building Department, which primarily handles complaints regarding Housing Standards and property maintenance issues.

The diverse staff of the East Chicago Building Department acts as representatives of our community. Moreover, there are several bilingual employees who speak Spanish, enabling this department to serve the needs of that segment of our diverse community.

Contact Us

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Winna G. Guzman

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Rental Registration forms Click above and they also available in the download section of our site.
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4444 Railroad Ave.
East Chicago, IN 46312
Phone: 219-391-8294
Fax: 219-391-7013

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
All Business Transactions
will be handled from
8:30 am - 3 p.m.