Department of Public Works

Permits & Guidelines

The Department of Public Works is the first stop to conduct business in the city of Lawrence. The office of the building commissioner, code enforcement and zoning are all housed in DPW.

Listed below are some of the most common permits and licenses. Please visit or call our office at 317-545-8787 for the proper forms and fee information for your project.

Please note, your annual alarm permit may be purchased through Cry Wolf, a Detroit, Michigan firm. Contact information for Cry Wolf includes: the phone number for Cry Wolf is 877-665-2985 or you may email at LPD partners with Cry Wolf to reduce false alarm calls to the police department and to lower costs for the city and its citizens. If you would like to speak with an LPD representative, call 317-549-6404 for assistance with this new system.

Remodeling or adding improvements to your home? Please see our helpful guide to assist you in completing this work safely and in compliance with applicable building standards. If you have any questions, please contact the permits division at the Department of Public Works by calling 317-545-8787 or by email to



Licenses & Permits

List of Licensed Contractors