Department of Public Works

Building Department

Building Department provides plan reviews and issues permits for all commercial, industrial and residential construction; performs building inspection to help comply with building codes.


Call Lawrence Utilities at 317-542-0511 to schedule water and sanitary sewer related inspections. These inspections must be scheduled 24 hours in advance.

Request for all other inspections require a minimum 48 hours (2 business days) notice. Any request made for an inspection that does not provide the 48 hour notice will be charged an accelerated inspection fee of $75.00 for a residential project or $125.00 for commercial projects. This fee must be paid before the inspection will be scheduled. To request an inspection email, contact us here.



To apply for a Right of Way Permit, please use the below application and select the "Right of Way" or "Storm Water" under the Type of Permit Being Requested drop down menu.

Street Cut or Right of Way Permit Requirements

Apply and Pay for Permits


All Right of Way permit applications shall require a three (3) year maintenance bond in the sum of $10,000 for a specific location or a three (3) year blanket maintenance bond in the sum of no less than $100,000 for all locations per calendar year.

Maintenance Bond

Standard Drawings



Contractors will now need to register with the City of Lawrence to obtain permits.

Registration is easy - complete the REGISTRATION form, pay $150 registration fees regardless of the number of trades and provide a general Liability Insurance.

The registration fee and insurance requirements will be waived for Contractors who hold a current valid license with City of Indianapolis or the State of Indiana.

All you need to do is to provide proof of your Indianapolis or State license. Registration is valid for the same term as the Indianapolis or State License.

If you are a contractor wanting to work in Lawrence, click the button below to complete and submit your registration form.

Contractor Registration


Guide to Contractor Registration



Please email all building and site plans, and related documentation to for review and approval. Please allow up to 15 days for review.



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.


OWNER-BUILDER - Property Owners can start applying for permits directly, if they are planning to do work themselves or hire their own contractors. Please see our helpful guides know the different OWNER BUILDER TYPES as well as benefits and risks.

Remodeling or adding improvements to your home?

Please see our helpful guides here 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


Application Forms

Water & Sanitary Sewer Permits

How To's