Knox City Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals

Monday-Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Mailing Address:

City of Knox Planning Commission
101 West Washington Street
Knox, Indiana 46534-1155

E-Mail Address:
Phone: (574) 772-5445
Fax: (574) 772-5669                                     

The Knox City Plan Commission is responsible for the following:

  • Issuing building permits
  • Conducting Public Hearings For Zoning and Variances
  • Rental Registrations and Rental Inspections within the city limits only
  • Land Use
  • Building Use
  • Occupancy Permits
  • Fence Permits
  • Planning Reviews
  • Sub-Divisions

Yard Sale Permits are now available at the Knox City Clerk's Office:

  • 1-2 Day Permit - $5.00
  • 3-4 Day Permit - $10.00
  • Maximum of 10 Sales Days per Year

Permits and Fees

Building Permit Fees: Sec. 4-251 thru Sec. 4-254  (Ordinance #1141) Article VI.
New Single Family Dwelling (Fees include one open deck when constructed with new dwelling)  Dwelling:  $0.20 per square foot

Attached Garage: $50.00

Multi Family Units $0.20 per square foot plus $50.00 per unit over one unit
Additions to living quarters and addition of enclosed decks and porches $0.20 per square foot (Minimum $100.00)
Alterations, repairs, and remodeling that include structural, electrical or plumbing modifications (For example, fire damage, storm-related damage,kitchen or bathroom remodeling, total house renovation, converting garage into living space and other related or similar repairs.  No additional fee for adding open deck.) $0.15 per square foot (Minimum $100.00)

Commercial/Industrial (New construction, additions and remodeling)


$0.20 per square foot

Maximum $5,000.00

Attached garage added other than during new construction, detached garage or accessory building and agricultural structure or garage.

Additional permit fees apply for plumbing, electrical or mechanical permits, if applicable.

$0.10 per square foot



Maximum $250.00

Open decks, porches or stairs without other construction $50.00

Outdoor pools Above ground pools over 100 square feet

In ground pools



Fence permits

Electrical permits

Mechanical permits

Plumbing permits

Signs and billboards (one-time fee for initial placement)

Communications towers

Co-location on communication towers

Renewal of location improvement permits within the 30-day grace period (After the 30-day grace period, renewal will be treated as new permitsl)










No permits are needed for:  concrete or aspalt flatwork; siding; gutter replacement; painting; roof sheeting and roof replacement with no structural changes; and door, garage door and window replacements with no change in opening size.   
Sec. 4-252 Inspection Fees
First re-inspection fee for changes required during initial inspection


Additional inspections after first re-inspection $50.00
Required for reconnection of electric or gas service $50.00
Requested inspecion outside normal business hours

$50.00 per hour

Minimum $100.00

Sec. 4-253 Other Building Fees
Obtaining occupancy permit $50.00
Appeals to Board of Zoning Appeals and notice $200.00
Administrative appleals to Board of Zoning Appeals $50.00
Appeals for building codes, and building commissioner's or inspector's interpretation of the building codes to the Board of Works and Safety
Subdivision requests (major/minor)


Plus $15.00 per platted lot

Petitions to re-zone


Petition to vacate or amend subdivision $200.00
Copy of zoning ordinance on disc $10.00
Annual rental property registration, per unit, including apartments $25.00
Hotel/motel and rooming house annual registration $100.00
Contractor registration fees

First year $50.00

Every year thereafter $25.00

Expired registration $50.00


Demolition/razing permit
$50.00 per building

Non-profit organizations

Annual fee for outdoor sales and displays or storage



Sec. 4-254. Fines

The City of Knox Planning Commission shall adopt a schedule of fines and penalties pursuant to IC 36-7-4-1018 and IC 36-1-3-8.  The assessment of such fines and penalities will be utilized in liew of court action for any violation of this ordianance.

 (a) Starting work prior to obtaining the applicalbe permit-3 times the permit fee Plus applicalbe permit fee

 (b) Failure to request required inspections-$100.00

 (c)  Failure to obtain contracor registration-$500.00

  (d)  Failure to obtain Certificate of Occupancy followin construction-$250.00

 (e)  Violation of Stop Work Order-$1,000.00 per day

(f)  Failure to obtain rental registration-$500.00

Sec. 4-255---4-275. Reserved

SECTION 2.  Any fees or charges not listed in this Ordinance which are contained in or promulgated pursuant to any concurrent ordinance or resolution shall remain in full force and effect unless and until duly modified.

SECTION 3.  All fees and charges contained in any concurrent ordinance or resolution inconsistend herewith, are hereby repealed to the extent of such inconsistency, but in all other respect such ordinances and resolutions shall remain in full force and effect.

SECTION 4.  The sections and provisions of this ordiance are delcared to be severable and any portion which is declared inoperative or invailid for any reason by a court of competent jurisdiction shall in no way affect the remaining sections or provisions of this ordinance.

SECTION 5.  This ordinance does not affect any fee establishe prior to the effective date of this ordinance, does not waive any fee or penalty due and unpaid on the effective date of this ordinance, and does not affect the validity of any bond or cash deposit posted, filed, or deposited pursuant to the requirements of any ordinance.

SECTION 6.  This ordiance shall become effective and be in full force and effect after its passapge and pproval by the Mayor.

Accepted and approvede on April 8, 2014.


CONTRACTOR REGISTRATION FORMS-PDFContractor Registration Forms-2015.pdf

 Knox Planning Commission-RENTAL APPL.-2015                                 

Knox Planning Commission Members

  • Jeff Berg, President
  • John Wilson, Vice-President
  • Mary Bendt, Secretary
  • Tina Norem, Member
  • Ron Parker, Member
  • Chris Kisela, Member
  • Mary Bendt, Member
  • Brent Vannorman, Member
  • Steve Dodge, Member
  • Mike Skinner, Member
  • Martin Bedrock, Board Attorney
  • Bruce Williams, Board Administrator

Planning Board meets 1st Tuesday of Month at 7:00 p.m. (local time) at the City Council Chambers at:

101 West Washington Street
Knox, Indiana 46534-1155

(Subject to change.)

Knox City Board of Zoning Appeals Members

Established April 21, 1953

  • Mr. Martin Bedrock, Board Attorney
  • Bruce Williams, Planning Commission Aministrator
  • Chris Kisela, Member
  • Dan Roscka, Member
  • George Byers, Member
  • Darrin Pinder, Member
  • John Wilson, Member

Board of Zoning Appeals meets on the 3rd Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. (local time) at the City Council Chambers at:

101 West Washington Street
Knox, Indiana 46534-1155

(Posted as needed, some months they may not meet.  Call for next meeting date. )

Meeting Dates

2015 Planning Board Meeting Dates: 1st Tuesday of each month (Subject to Changes)

2015 Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Dates: Posted as needed.