Why do we have Zoning?
The purpose of zoning is to promote and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the community. The zoning ordinance divides the county into zones, which regulates the location, construction, intensity, and bulk of residential, commercial, and industrial uses.
What information should I bring with me when I apply for an Improvement Location Permit?
Deed to the property, construction plans, and a site plan.
How do I find out the zoning of my property?
You may either call or come into the Plan Commission Office and someone will assist you in checking the zoning map.
Does the Area Plan Commission issue Building Permits?
No, The APC only issues Improvement Location Permits. You will need to contact the Building Commissioner, Lee Gay (812-752-8445 ext 2), to obtain a Building Permit.
Is the Plan Commission and the Building Commission located in the same office?
Do I need an Improvement Location Permit for a House, Deck, Pole Barn, Swimming Pool, and/or Garage?
Do I need an Improvement Location Permit for a business sign?
What is the minimum size for a single family dwelling?
The minimum size is 950 square feet.
Can I get a Septic Permit at the Plan Commission office?
No, septic permits are issued by the Scott County Health Department (812-752-8455).
How much does an Improvement Location Permit cost?
See fee schedule.
Can the Plan Commission fax me an Improvement Location Permit Application?
What happens if I fail to get an Improvement Location Permit?
Normally we only require you to come in and get the permit, although we may charge a fine or require you to remove the structure if you are in a Flood Plain or too near the road, side or rear property line. To be on the safe side, please acquire all your permits in advance of starting your project.
When/ where does the Board of Zoning Appeals and Area Plan Commission Meet?
Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month in the Commissioners Meeting Room of the Scott County Courthouse (Room 128).
Board of Zoning Appeals meets at 6:00 pm.
Area Plan Commission meets at 7:00 pm.
How far in advance do I need to file a petition with the Plan Commission or the Board of Zoning Appeals?
Everything must be in at least Four (4) weeks prior to the meeting.
Where do I check on the flood plain for the County?
At the Plan Commission Office.
My insurance company sent me a letter stating that my property is in a flood zone but I do not believe this is accurate. What can I do about this?
You will need to contact FEMA at 877-336-2627 or visit their website.
Does the City of Austin have its own Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals?
Yes, contact Austin City Hall at 812-794-2877
How long does it take it take to receive an Improvement Location Permit?
Normally 24 – 48 hours
Do I need an Improvement Location Permit to demolish a house, barn, garage, etc?
How many Permits did the APC issue in 2011?
In 2011 the APC issued 206 permits with the totaled estimated cost of improvements being valued at $8,095,000.
2011 Annual Report
Do I need to call anyone before I dig?
Yes, Before you dig you should call 811 or 800-382-5544
For additional information visit www.indiana811.org
When I see someone placing fill or building in an area that is probably a floodplain, what should I do?
The best way to report a possible violation of either the Flood Control Act or the Lake Preservation Act is to email the DNR Division of Water at firstname.lastname@example.org with as much detailed information as possible, including your name and contact information.
For additional information visit www.IN.gov/dnr/water
What is a Rule 5 Permit?
Rule 5 is a federally mandated state regulation intended to regulate storm water discharges from construction sites which disturb one (1) acre or more. The rule requires that a storm water pollution prevention plan be drafted for the project and submitted to the local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) for review. It also requires a Notice of Intent (NOI) letter, along with a permit fee, to be sent to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). IDEM is the agency that actually administers and enforces the regulation. For additional information contact the Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District at 812-752-2269 ext 3 or visit www.in.gov/idem/5912.htm