Applications & Permits

The City of New Haven issues Improvement Location Permits (ILPs) which are sometimes referred to as "zoning" or "land use" permits. This type of permit is used to ensure that the proposed improvement complies with local zoning laws. The Department of Planning requires an ILP for various types of residential, commercial, and industrial projects. 

Common Improvements

Common improvements which require an ILP include:

  • Accessory buildings (garages, sheds, etc.) greater than 144 square feet
  • Decks
  • Dwellings
  • Fences when located in front of a front building line or side building line on a corner lot (See the Fence Regulations (PDF) for more details.)
  • Mobile homes
  • Porches
  • Swimming pools

Plot Plans

Applications for residential projects must be accompanied by a plot plan which shows the dimensions and location of the proposed improvement. Commercial and industrial applications must be accompanied by civil drawings as well as any other information that may be necessary for reviewing agencies. Please refer to the Commercial and Industrial Development Process Map (PDF) for information about the development approval process.

Building Permits

Building Permits are issued by the Allen County Building Department and involve a separate application process. Chapter 153 of the New Haven Land Usage Codes designates the Allen County Building Department to administer and enforce building codes within the city limits. If you have applied for an Improvement Location Permit from the City of New Haven you may also need to apply for building permits from Allen County depending on the type of project. For more information regarding building codes or building permit requirements please call the Allen County Building Department at 260-449-7131.

Northeast Indiana Permitting Excellence CoalitionPermitting Excellence

New Haven is a participating jurisdiction in Northeast Indiana's Permitting Excellence Coalition (PEC) which is dedicated to streamlining permitting processes across the region. The coalition meets on a quarterly basis to focus on process and communication improvements that align with the core customer values of consistency, transparency and easy access. 

Customer Service Survey

If you have applied for and received an Improvement Location Permit please take a moment to complete this short customer service survey.