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The Building Division of the Westfield Community Development Department is responsible for the review and issuance of Improvement Location Permits ("ILP") for construction within Westfield and Washington Township.

Inspections: The Building Division also conducts the proper/required inspections for compliance with the Building Code.

Please note: Temporary Modification of Building Inspection Procedures

To:         Westfield Building Community

From:    City of Westfield Building Department 

As you know, new information about the risk and spread of the COVID-19 virus is coming out daily.  In response, the City of Westfield has taken responsible measures to protect the staff that serves you.   

Given the seriousness and advancement of the COVID-19 health crisis, the City has temporarily modified its building inspection procedures, effective Wednesday, April 8, 2020, as follows:

  1. Until further notice, ALL building inspections will take place in the morning (before 12 PM). 
  2. On the day of a scheduled inspection, the building being inspected is REQUIRED to be vacated by all workers/construction personnel the ENTIRE morning (before 12 PM), or until the inspection is completed.
  3. If an inspector arrives and these practices are not being followed, then the inspection will be required to be rescheduled for the next business day. 
  4. All inspection results or notes will be communicated to the applicant by either phone or email.
  5. No same day inspection requests are accepted.

Please know that we recognize that this may cause inconvenience, however, this is an additional and necessary step designed to help keep construction activity going during this time, while better protecting City employees and construction personnel.

All other procedures that have been in place for the past several weeks regarding permitting, application/plan submittal, payments, and inspection scheduling are still in place at this time and have not changed. 

We appreciate your partnership and patience during this time.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call.


If you are planning to build in Westfield, please consult the guidelines provided under the Building Permit Checklists section below.

For questions or to schedule an inspection, contact the Building Division by email or by phone.

Email: building@westfield.in.gov

Phone: (317) 804-3170

Address: 2728 East 171st Street, Westfield, IN 46074

 Building Codes

Building Permit Checklists

Please note:

For each permit:

  • Westfield Community Development (CD) requires that all associated documents be electronically downloaded to: CD Filedrop.    

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Residential Checklists

 Single Family Residence  (RSFR)

For each of the following required documents, submit an electronic copy downloaded to Filedrop.

  1. ILP Application
  2. Building plans    
  3. Plot Plan (to scale showing setbacks)
  4. Landscape plan (if applicable)
  5. Erosion Control Application
  6. Manufactured Product Specification sheets (example. Truss and Floor Joists)
  7. Proof of Energy Certificate
  • Note* Emergency Escape Opening Notification form is no longer applicable. It is the Builder's responsibility to notify the homeowner. Any home with a bedroom(s) in the basement will be failed at final inspection without proper egress.

Residential Additions, Accessory, and Pools  (RAD/RAC/P)

For each of the following required documents, submit an electronic copy downloaded to  Filedrop. 

  1. ILP Application
  2. Building plans 
  3. Plot Plan (to scale showing setbacks)
  4. Erosion Control Application (May not be applicable in all situations)
  5. Manufactured Product Specification sheets (example Truss and Floor Joists)

Residential Multi Family  (RMF)

For each of the following required documents, submit an electronic copy downloaded to Filedrop.

  1. ILP Application
  2. Building plans  
  3. Plot Plan (to scale showing setbacks)
  4. Erosion Control Application. Fee based on acreage.
  5. Manufactured Product Specification sheets (example. Truss and Floor Joists)

Demolitions  (DEMO)

For each of the following required documents, submit an electronic copy downloaded to Filedrop.

  1. Demolition Application
  2. Aerial View or Plot plan of building(s)/structure(s) being demolished Example
  3. Utility Disconnect Notices Example
  4. Erosion Control Application (May not be applicable in all situations)

Commercial Checklist

Commercial Project  (C)

For each of the following required documents, submit an electronic copy downloaded to Filedrop.

  1. ILP Application
  2. Building plans 
  3. Plot Plan (to scale showing setbacks-may already be on rolled plans)
  4. Landscape plan
  5. Erosion Control Application. Fee based on acreage
  6. Manufactured Product Specification sheets (example. Truss and Floor Joists)
  7. State Construction Design ReleaseWebsite  ~   CDR Tracking

Commercial Remodel or Addition  (CRM/CAC)

For each of the following required documents, submit an electronic copy downloaded to Filedrop.

   ILP Application

  1. Building plans  
  2. Plot Plan (to scale showing setbacks-may already be on rolled plans)
  3. Erosion Control Application (If application on additions)
  4. Manufactured Product Specification sheets (example. Truss and Floor Joists)
  5. State Construction Design ReleaseWebsite   ~  CDR Tracking
  6. Project Information Sheet for Public Works

Resources and FAQ's

  • Code: references by year and source
  • Do I need a reroofing permit?
    • No
  • Do I need a permit to remodel or finish a basement?
    • No, you only need a permit if you are adding square footage under roof.
  • Do I need to be licensed?
    • No, the city does not currently have a licensing requirement.
  • Do I need a permit to build a fence?
    • Front Yard:  No permit needed; however, maximum height allowed is 42 inches in height.
    • Rear/Side Yard: If the fence is 6ft tall or less then you do not need a permit. If the fence is over 6ft tall you need to apply for a variance. Call (317) 804-3170 and ask for a Planner.
    • Keep in mind that HOA's have additional restrictions and you should contact them before construction.
    • Check to see if your property has any easements… if it does you will need to contact Westfield Public Works 317.804.3171 for approval of any encroachments.

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Westfield, IN 46074
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