Inspections & Permit Division

The East Chicago Building Department is the City’s building code enforcement agency under the administrative and operational control of the Building Commissioner. The Building Commissioner is authorized and directed to enforce all the provisions of the Indiana Building Code (International Building Code), which is adopted by reference by the City of East Chicago.

Electronic Payments

Pay by credit/debit or checking/savings account online at our Permit and Inspection Pay Portal. There is no additional charge to customers when payment by credit or debit.

Building Code

The building code of the City provides minimum standards for the protection of life, health, environment, public safety and general welfare, and the conservation of energy in the design and construction of buildings and structures.

Other than industrialized building systems or mobile structures certified under I.C.22-15-4, within the jurisdiction, the provisions of this code apply to the following of  to all buildings and structures:

  • Additions
  • Alteration
  • Construction
  • Maintenance
  • Occupancy
  • Repair
  • Use