Permits, Licenses & Inspections

Permits enable the city to enforce local ordinances and provisions of the Indiana Building Code. These ordinances and codes provide a minimum standard for protection of life, health, property, and public welfare. Below you will find various forms and applications for the City of Michigan City. 

Clerk's Office

LaPorte County Services

The following are commonly requested services that are NOT provided by the City of Michigan City. Please visit the links below to find the appropriate government office.

Controller's Office

Under construction. Coming soon!

  • Arborist License Application
  • Animal License Application
  • Abandoned/ Unlicensed Vehicle Permit Application
  • Motel License Application
  • Theatre License Application
  • Towing License Application
  • Taxi Vehicle License Application
  • Taxi Company License Application
  • Taxi Driver License  Application
  • Taxi Application
  • Vendor License Application
  • Vendor License Application - Additional Employees

Fire Department

Under construction. Coming soon!

  • New Business Registration
  • Schedule an Inspection
  • Free Smoke Detector Application
  • Special Needs & Disabilities Self-Identification
  • Annual Fire Inspection Survey
  • Rental Property Smoke Detector Registration
  • Landlord / Tenant Smoke Detector Compliance Form

Parks & Recreation

Under construction. Coming soon!

Planning & Inspection

Fee structures for all buildings and building regulations can be found in the Municipal Code Library. Click here to learn more.

It is important to remember that new construction permit applications and permit applications for any other projects that involve site work (this includes earth moving, sewer work, and rights of way cuts) must also include a site permit application.

Port Authority

Under construction. Coming soon!

  • Slip Waitlist Application

Transit Service

Under construction. Coming soon!

  • Dial-A-Ride Application