Department of Development Services

The DeKalb County Department of Development Services offers a wide range services to the public that involve planning, zoning, land use, improvement location and building permits, site and building inspections, and GIS map data.  We strive to make the permitting process as quick and easy as possible.

The Planning Department administers the Unified Development Ordinance, including the subdivision of land, the Floodplain Ordinance, land use and development through Improvement Location Permits as well as issues new or corrected addresses within its jurisdiction. Two boards that also assist with specific facets of planning and development include:

  • Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) - consider requests for Development Standards Variances, Special Exceptions & Use Variances
  • Plan Commission - consider requests for UDO Textual Amendments, Zone Map Amendments, Subdivisions (heard by the Plat Committee) and Development Plans

Please note that permits are required from the Development Services Department for most types of improvements to property including building and/or adding to, structures, ponds, and many remodeling jobs.Click on "Improvement Location Permit Information" to the right under "Topics of Interest" for additional information.

Proper zoning approvals are required for business operations for all properties within our jurisdiction. Please contact us before constructing new structures, adding to existing structures, operating a business, digging a pond or anything else you are doing to improve the property.  We will be happy to assist you in determining the proper requirements.

DeKalb County DOES NOT have planning & zoning jurisdiction for Ashley, Auburn, Butler, Garrett, Hamilton, St. Joe & Waterloo.  You must contact those offices for proper planning & zoning information.

Check the local newspaper for legal ads and news articles of upcoming public hearings on zoning matters that could be of interest to you.  We do put Plan Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and Plat Committee agendas online  approximately  one week prior to the hearing.

  • OPEN BURNING is enforced by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM).  For additional information, please visit:  https://www.in.gov/idem/openburning/
  • OPEN DUMPING is enforced the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM).  For additional information, please visit:  https://www.in.gov/idem/waste/2416.htm
  • OUTDOOR STORAGE is enforced through the DeKalb County Unified Development Ordinance, Section 5.33 - 5.35.  Items prohibited include: inoperable vehicles, building materials, waste or scrap materials, pallets and similar items. Please click on "Unified Development Ordinance" to the right under "Topics of Interest" for additional information.

The Building Department administers and enforces the minimum standards for building codes in the design and construction of buildings and structures.  They also issue all contractor registrations and licenses, building permits and inspections, Certificate of Occupancy, as required.

DeKalb County DOES enforce the building codes for all of DeKalb County municipalities, except Auburn. 

Please click on "Building Permit Information" to the right under "Topics of Interest" for additional information.

Contractors:  You can now register online!  Click on "2019 Building Contractor Registration" to the right under "Topics of Interest" to get started!  NOTE: You will be charged a convenience fee of 2.60% of the total amount of your transaction to use this service.

The GIS Department is part of a collaborative, multi-agency team that strives to create, maintain and use GIS data in the governing local DeKalb communities. CoCiGIS (County - City Geographic Information System) was formed through a partnership between DeKalb County and the cities of Auburn, Butler and Garrett. CoCiGIS leverages the shared resources of these government entities to provide a single repository for public information. The DeKalb County GIS Department assists all county departments and public users with a multitude of data such as residential, tax, utility, school, economic development, safety information and much more. This data is offered to the user in one location through a format that is very user friendly. You can also contact our department for additional requests specific to your needs.

Please click on "GIS" to the right under "In This Department" for additional information.

Please click on "GIS - Beacon Website (Public)" to the right under "Topics of Interest" to access the County's GIS database.

Contact Us

Chris Gaumer, Director/Zoning Administrator
301 S Union St
Auburn, IN 46706
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  • Phone: (260) 925-1923
  • Fax: (260) 927-4791
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  • Office Hours:
    Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m.

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