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Building Commissioner

Before Washington County building permits can be purchased and issued please review the steps below:

1. Determine if the property is in the County, within the City of Salem, its City Building Annex Area or Incorporated Town Areas. If property is in the City of Salem or City Building Annex Area, you will need to contact City of Salem Building Dept. (812-883-5060). If property is located in an Incorporated Town Areas, you will need to contact the Town Board of the Incorporated Area.
2. Driveway Permit: (Required for All New Driveway Entrances on County Roads) Contact Washington County Highway Dept. (812-883-3538, 600 Anson St., Salem) for Application and Flags to mark driveway. The New Driveway has to be approved by County Highway Dept. to determine if the driveway site meets safety requirements and if a culvert is needed.
3. Septic Permit: (Required) Contact Washington County Health Dept. (Mike Hadden, 812-883-5603, 806 S Martinsburg Rd, Salem). *For Either existing or new septic system you must obtain a Septic Permit, Verification or Waiver.
4. Building Permit: (Required) For One and Two Family Dwellings Contact Washington County Building Dept. (Travis Elliott, 883-0139, 600 Anson St)

    • Building a Frame Home /Log Structure:
      • Septic Permit or Waiver
      • Plumber’s PC# for Plumbing installation
      • You will need a copy of Detailed Plans
      • Name and number of all General and Sub Contractors you will be using on the job site.
    • Mobile Home:
      • Septic Permit or Waiver
      • You will need a copy of the foundation Plans and setup requirements
      • MH License#’s for contractors.
    • Modular Home:
      • Septic Permit or Waiver
      • Plumber’s PC # for Plumbing installation
      • Name and number of all General and Sub Contractors you will be using on the job site.
      • Copy of Foundation Plans
      • Copy of Installation Specs
    • Address:(Required before an address can be assigned)
      • Contact Washington County 911/Addressing Office (812-883-4962, 600 Anson St., Salem)
      • Approved Driveway Permit (If on County Road, If not must be approved by 911 Coordinator)
      • Septic Permit, Verification or Waiver
      • Building Permit or Zoning Approval
Barns, Sheds or Garages please call the Building Department for more information.