Ordinances and Policies
Land Usage Codes
TITLE XV "LAND USAGE" of the New Haven City Code consist of ordinances that provide regulations for subdivisions, zoning, signage, floodplain, and other development requirements for all property within New Haven’s planning jurisdiction. After clicking on the link scroll down to "TITLE XV" in the navigation pane on the left side of the page.
New Haven’s Comprehensive Land Use and Strategic Economic Plan serves as the city’s guide to physical, social, and economic development. The plan includes objectives and policies for future development within the city and is used to make important decisions regarding land use, public infrastructure community facilities, and recreation.
Rules of Procedure
Types of Permits - Zoning vs. Building
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 Improvement Location Permit (ILP) for various types of residential, commercial, and industrial projects. Common improvements which require an ILP include dwellings, mobile homes, decks, porches, swimming pools, accessory buildings (garages, sheds, etc.) greater than 144 square feet, and fences when located in front of a front building line or side building line on a corner lot (see fence regulations for more details).
Applications for residential projects must be accompanied by a plot plan which shows the dimensions and location of the proposed improvement. Commerical 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 for information about the development approval process.
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 contact the Allen County Building Department at (260) 449-7131
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.
Applications and Fees
Improvement Location Permit
NOTE: The New Haven Planning Department now offers permit applications with digital signature fields. To access this functionality please right click the link for the application type that you need to use and click "Save Link As" to save it to your computer. You may also choose to click on the link and then righ-click on the document after it opens and choose "Save As". When you have filled out the application you may e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to attach your plot plan. At this time we do not offer online payments but you may bring or mail your applicaiton fee to the Planning Department office at:
New Haven Department of Planning
815 Lincoln Highway East
New Haven, IN, 46774
Checks should be made payable to the City of New Haven.
If you you click on the link the application will open in your web browser and the digitial signature field will not be available. However you may still fill out the form electronicnally and print when complete.
A Residential Improvement Location Permit (ILP) is required for a variety of residential project types including, but not limited to, new home construction, room additions, decks, porches, garages, sheds over 144 square feet, and some fences.
Residential Certificate of Compliance Request Form
This form is required when a builder or contractor would like to request that the Planning Department issue a Certificate of Compliance for a completed residential project.
Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Multi-Family, and other similar project types
An Improvement Location Permit is required for a variety of sign types. Please review section 151.145 of the New Haven Zoning Code for more information.
Occupancy / Change in Use
Certificate of Occupancy (Change of Use)
When a property or building changes use the occupant or owner will need to apply for and receive a Certificate of Occupancy.
Land Use Petitions
Development Plan - Primary / Secondary / Amendments
Within certain zoning districts an approved development plan is necessary before the City can issue an Improvement Location Permit.
Property owners have the ability to request that the symbols of the New Haven Zoning Map be changed in order to rezone areas within New Haven. The Plan Commission reviews rezoning requests and makes recommendations to City Council after holding a public hearing.
The New Haven Board of Zoning Appeals holds public hearings to review applications for variances from specific provisions of the New Haven Zoning Code, special exceptions, contingent uses, or appeals to decisions made by the Zoning Administrator.
2019 Public Meeting Calendar
The Public Meeting Calendar includes a listing of all regularly scheduled meetings for the New Haven Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals. Applications must be submitted by the filing deadline listed on the calendar prior to the meeting at which an application will be reviewed.
|Improvement Location Permit|
|Residential (One and Two Family)||$100|
|Residential addition or accessory structure||$50|
|Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Multi-family or Mixed-Use building or addition||$250|
|Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Multi-Family or Mixed-Use building or addition when approved as part of a secondary development plan||$100|
|Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Multi-Family or Mixed-Use structures not distributed to other agencies for review||$100|
|Certificate of Occupancy (Change in Use)||$50|
|Zoning Verification Letter||$50|
|Primary Plat or Development Plan||$800|
|Secondary Plat or Development Plan||$800|
|Amendment to Plat or Development Plan||$600|
|Variance, Special Exception, Contingent Use||$350|
The Plan Commission is an advisory body to the New Haven Common Council regarding matters of the city's growth and development. Members are appointed based upon their experience and aptitude to review development plans and petitions adhering to the standards set forth in the New Haven Zoning and Subdivision Control Ordinances. Decisions made by Plan Commission members must support the Comprehensive Plan in order that adequate light, air, convenience of access, and safety from fire, flood, and other danger may be secured; that congestion in the public streets may be lessened or avoided; and that the public health, safety, comfort, morals, convenience, and general public welfare may be promoted. When reviewing petitions the Plan Commission will consider existing conditions, the character of buildings erected in each district and the conservation of property values throughout the territory of the Commission.
The New Haven Plan Commission meets every month at the City Administration Building. At these meetings, the Commission holds public hearings to review applications for development plans and plats. The Commission also reviews rezoning petitions and amendments to the New Haven Zoning and Subdivision Control Ordinances. Final authority of the passage of rezoning petitions and amendments to the New Haven Zoning and Subdivision Control Ordinances lies with the New Haven City Council.
Prior to a public hearing, the Commission places the required legal notice of the hearing In the Fort Wayne Newspapers and also notifies, by mail, others who may have an interest in the request. The staff generally notifies those property owners in the immediate area of the subject site and those neighborhood associations in close proximity to the site.
Applications made to the Commission must be completed by the petitioner or an authorized agent. Submissions must be received by the planning office by the close of business on the filing deadline listed on the 2019 Public Meeting Calendar. This allows time for the staff to provide public notice as required by Indiana Code and forward the submitted information for each case to the members of the Commission.
For more information please review the Plan Commission Rules of Procedure.
Board of Zoning Appeals
The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) is a quasi-judicial body that is empowered by State Law to consider granting relief from the requirements of the zoning ordinance. The Board is an administrative body and Its primary role is to rule on the application of existing zoning laws.
The New Haven Board of Zoning Board of Appeals meets every month at the City Administration Building. At these monthly meetings, the Board holds public hearings to review applications for variances from specific provisions of the New Haven Zoning Code, special exceptions, contingent uses, or appeals to decisions made by the Zoning Administrator.
Prior to a public hearing, the Board places the required legal notice of the hearing in the Fort Wayne Newspapers and also notifies, by mail, others who may be an interest in the request. The staff generally notifies those property owners in the immediate area of the subject site and those neighborhood associations in close proximity to the site.
Applications made to the Board of Zoning Appeals must be completed by the petitioner or an authorized agent. Submissions must be received by the Planning office no later than close of the business on the filing deadline listed on the 2019 Public Meeting Calendar. This allows time for the staff to provide public notice as required by Indiana Code and forward the submitted information for each case to the members of the Board.
The Board strongly urges applicants to explain the request to the adjacent and nearby property owners and the neighborhood association, if applicable, prior to the public hearing, By doing so, the limited amount of time available at the public hearing can be focused on the request rather than unrelated items.
For more information please review the Board of Zoning Appeals Rules of Procedure.
The Planning Department works to ensure continued and improved effectiveness in making the city of New Haven a desirable place to live and work.
The goal of the Planning Department is to guide New Haven's growth and development through the implementation of adopted development policies and enforcement of land use regulations. Staff also provides professional support to the New Haven Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals. The Planning Department provides the following services to the city:
The New Haven Planning Department is responsible for maintaining zoning maps for areas within the city's planning jurisdiction. The online Zoning and Floodplain Map Viewer allows users to access zoning district information for specific property. Users may also view FEMA's Special Flood Hazard Area delinieations.
The viewer includes a toolbar near the top of the map which allows users to select different layers, view a map legend, zoom, and search for an address. To view detailed information about a property click on its location. Please note that the results may include more than one feature (ex: zoning, parcel ownership, etc.) which may be accessed by clicking on the arrows in the right corner of the results box.
Current Planning involves administering TITLE XV "LAND USAGE" of the New Haven City Code. This typically includes activities such as processing applications for Improvement Location Permits, subdivisions, annexations, variances, and other land use applications. Staff also assists the public with questions related to the zoning code such as zoning classifications, permitted land uses, and development standards.
Long-Range Planning is a collaborative process which engages the community in an effort to establish the various goals, policies, and objectives for New Haven’s future. The New Haven Comprehensive Land Use and Strategic Economic Plan is a document which guides the City’s growth and it is used frequently by a variety of decision makers. The New Haven Planning Department is responsible for development of the Comprehensive Plan as well as other long-term planning projects and studies.
Planning staff is responsible for a variety of technical services including address management, data collection, and zoning verification.
Residential Improvement Location Permits are generally required for projects that involve constructing, enlarging, moving, or in some cases maintaining a structure or building. Permits are typically required for sheds (over 144 sq.ft.), garages, decks, swimming pools, and fences (see the fence regulation handout for more information). In order to process your permit you will need to submit a completed permit application, plot plan, and permit fee.
Before starting a project please contact the New Haven Planning Department at (260) 748-7040 to determine whether a permit will be required from the city prior to construction.
If the project includes improvements that are not complete and the applicant needs to obtain a Certificate of Compliance he or she may fill out a Certificate of Compliance Request Form. The form includes a section which will allow the applicant to identify unfinished improvements such as driveway installation or lawn seeding and specify an anticipated date of completion. This document is typically used in situations where the property owner needs verification that a financed improvement (ex: closing on a new home) is in compliance with local zoning laws.
The City of New Haven requires that an Improvement Location Permit be issued for new construction as well as expansion of existing facilities. All commercial and industrial projects are routed to various reviewing agencies for comments prior to issuance. Staff recommends that applicants schedule a pre-application meeting to discuss the project and submissions requirements.
Typically the Planning Department will conduct an inspection once the project is complete. Other inspections may be necessary from agencies such as the Allen County Building Department while the project is under construction. Commercial and industrial projects may also require inspections from other reviewing agencies such as the New Haven / Adams Township Fire Department or the New Haven Engineering Department.
Please contact the Planning Department at (260) 748-7040 to notify staff when your project is complete and someone will conduct a site inspection to verify compliance with zoning laws. For residential improvements it generally will not necessary for the applicant to be present during an inspection as staff will only inspect of the footprint of the improvement.
An Improvement Location Permit (ILP) is a permit issued by the Planning Department acknowledging compliance with all land use regulations administered by the City of New Haven, Indiana. This permit is often required before certain building permits can be issued by the Allen County Building Department.
New Haven's Zoning Maps are available online using the Zoning and Floodplain Map Viewer.
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.
For more information regarding building codes or building permit requirements please contact the Allen County Building Department at (260) 449-7131
Hours of Operation
- Agenda and Minutes
- BZA Agenda 08-22-18
- BZA Agenda 10-24-18
- Plan Commission Agenda 01-15-19
- Plan Commission Agenda 07-17-18
- Plan Commission Agenda 09-18-18
- Land Usage
- Commercial and Industrial Development Process Map
- Fence Handout
- New Haven Comprehensive Land Use and Strategic Economic Plan
- Permit Applications
- Development Plan / Plat
- Residential CofC Request Form