In an effort to make it easier to do business with the City of Evansville and Vanderburgh County governments, new residential construction permits and sign permits from the Area Plan Commission, the Building Commission and the Evansville Water & Sewer Utility may now be applied for and paid for online. The online residential construction permitting process went live February 14, and the online sign permitting process began February 23. All permitting fees remain unchanged.
“Online permitting is the next logical step in the city’s continuing effort to improve government services for local residents and business owners who want to invest in the growth and economic development of our community,” said Mayor Lloyd Winnecke.
The Area Plan Commission (APC) is the first step in the process, hosting the Online Permitting page on the city website at www.evansville.in.gov/index.aspx?page=3687. Visitors to the webpage may complete a request form seeking a residential construction or sign permit, attach the required paperwork, and submit the request to the APC and the Building Commission, making the required payment at that time.
The Evansville Water & Sewer Utility (EWSU) has a separate form on the Online Permitting page to apply for a Residential Water/Sewer permit using the same process. The permit is required for new single-family residential construction. Applicants will be notified when their application has been approved or denied. If approved, the applicant will be provided with a web link to pay for the permit online.
“Taking the permitting process online was first discussed nearly 20 years ago,” said Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. “I applaud the joint city-county task force that worked diligently over several months refining the process to make permits available on the Internet. The task force included representatives from APC, EWSU, the Building commission and the City Controller’s office.
Project manager Matt Lehman added, “New residential construction permits and sign permits are just the beginning of what will be available to be applied for from your computer or smartphone.”