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.

DPW Hours of Operation:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8:00am to 4:00pm

Wednesday: 10:00am to 4:00pm

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.

Remodeling or adding improvements to your home? Please see our helpful guides 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

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.