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Homeowners can perform their own building, plumbing and/or HVAC work but must use an electrician licensed with the City for any electrical work. When a homeowner performs their own work they must be present during 100% of the project and physically be performing the work themselves. This does not apply to a homeowner working with a contractor non-licensed by the city. Please be aware a "homeowner" is an individual that occupies the residence in which the work is being performed. Any work on a rental property and/or house intended to be resold must be performed by a licensed contractor with the City of Crown Point.
No permit is needed if you’re only re-roofing or re-shingling. A permit is required if you’re replacing rafters or sheeting.
A permit is not required for an accessory building 120 square feet (10 feet by 12 inches) or less - if over 120 square feet, a permit is required.
Accessory buildings cannot be constructed in utility or drainage easements - check your survey for your property.
No. If installing a new driveway, you will need to obtain approval before you cut into the street - contact the City Engineering Department 219-662-3242.
The maximum size is 900 square feet (30 feet by 30 feet). The maximum height is 16 feet. Other restrictions include: minimum of 5 feet side and rear yard setbacks - cannot be constructed in a utility/drainage easement.
Check your survey for your property setbacks. Permits are required.
No permit is required if replacements are the same size (no structural changes). Permit is required if the size is different from the original.
Permits are required.
Pools shall be protected with a minimum 4 feet high barrier or automatic pool cover. You must declare on application if you are installing a heater. Filter pumps cannot be run by extension cords. Safety equipment is required for all pools and must be in place before final inspection.
No. Fences must be located behind the platted building line (no fences in your front yard, if you have a corner lot you have two front yards), cannot be constructed in a drainage/utility easement and cannot exceed 7 feet in height. Check your survey for your property.
Fireplaces require a permit and an inspection for both wood and gas burning.
Permits are required for decks/patios over 12 inches in height above finished grade - decks/patios over 30 inches above finished grade require guardrails per code. Repair of existing decks requires a permit and must meet current code.
Yes. All contractors and sub-contractors must be licensed with the City.
No, the Car Cruise is strictly first come, first serve.
No. Outside food or drink is not allowed inside the facility. Food and drink will be available for purchase throughout the event.
The gates will be opened at approximately 4 p.m. Please do not arrive before 4 p.m.
Yes, we have a variety of beverages available.
No, we could lose our liquor license.
101 S. East Street, Crown Point, Indiana 46307
Traffic tickets, criminal misdemeanor charges, and city ordinance violations issued by a Crown Point Police Officer. Tickets and charges issued by other officers and criminal felonies are filed with the city/town that issued the ticket or charges or the Lake County Courts. See How do I find out what charges are filed against me, what court they are in, and when my court date is? Below.
We only accept CASH, MONEY ORDER, or CASHIER’S CHECK in person and only MONEY ORDER or CASHIER’S CHECK by mail. ONLINE PAYMENTS made be made as set forth below. Payments are receipted on the date they are received. PAYMENT MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE OR PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE CLERK NO LATER THAN NOON THE DAY BEFORE THE COURT DATE INDICATED ON THE BOTTOM OF THE TICKET.
Yes. Payments made online are processed through https://public.courts.in.gov for:
PAYABLE TRIFFIC TICKETS. See Listing of City’s Payable Tickets, Fines & Costs: https://crownpoint.in.gov/
CRIMINAL MISDEMEANOR COSSTS (after criminal case is resolved in court),
A nominal convenience fee will be charged for online payments. PAYMENT MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE OR PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE CLERK NO LATER THAN NOON THE DAY BEFORE THE COURT DATE INDICATED ON THE BOTTOM OF THE TICKET. MISDEMEANOR CASES MUST APPEAR IN COURT BEFORE ANY COSTS CAN BE PAID.
Yes. We only accept MONEY ORDER or CASHIER’S CHECK by mail made out to “Crown Point City Court” and must be mailed to P.O. Box 594, Crown Point, IN 46308.
IF PAYMENT IS SUBMITTED ONLINE OR PAYMENT IS RECEIVED BY THE CLERK NO LATER THAN NOON THE DAY BEFORE THE COURT DATE INDICATED ON THE BOTTOM OF THE TICKET FOR PAYABLE TICKETS, YOU WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO APPEAR IN COURT. However, it is your responsibility to confirm your ticket has been paid before your court date or you must appear in Court on your Court date.
Once a case has been filed with a Court, this information can be viewed online at mycase.IN.gov.
You can access your driving record free of charge at myBMV.com.
You must request a continuance (postponement) NO LATER THAN NOON THE DAY BEFORE THE COURT DATE INDICATED ON THE BOTTOM OF THE TICKET by calling the Court Clerk’s Office at (219) 662-3243. The first continuance of a hearing may be granted by the Clerk’s Office if requested by the deadline above. All other continuances must be approved by the Judge.
You will need to contact the Lake County Government Center at (219) 755-3000.
The Clerks office handles all licensing for Contractors. The only portion of the license that goes through The Building Department is the exam to obtain the license. Once you pay to test The Building Department will contact you to schedule your test. When you pass the test the Building Department will notify the Clerks office so you can apply to get the License. Once you are licensed you may start to pull the permits you need through The Building Department.
Yes, Auto Debit is free of charge and it is taken out the 9th of the Month. The billing statement will state
"AUTO BANK DEDUCTION DO NOT PAY" when you submit the form and voided check it takes 30 days to pre-note with your bank, so it may take a billing cycle or two before it goes into effect. *Water Account Info & Forms
In the summer months residential customers are put on a Seasonal Sewer Rate Reduction. This discount runs from April 1st until November 1st. This discount reduces the amount you are charged for sewer to offset the extra watering most do in the summer months.
Yes, if you are 62 or better there is a form that is sent out in your October bill and you have until December 15th to enroll for the upcoming year. The discount is based on how much is available and how many sign up for the discount. After the October to December enrollment the discount is applied to the bill from January to December the following year. You must re-apply each year. *This is offered by the Mayors office and is only available to apply for October through December 15th of each year.
The City has a minimum bill for 0-1500 gallons of water. The bill is $80.99 a month and includes water, sewer, storm, and refuse service. Most residential properties have all of the services offered. Some exceptions apply. *Water Service
Yes, as part of the City’s contract each property is given one 96 gallon garbage bin to use for the service.
Yes the City offers one recycling bin per location. *Water Service
Yes, this service is provided through Pay-gov. Pay-gov does charge a fee to pay with a debit or credit card. The fee is based on how much you are paying.
Yes, if you are coming into the office a mask will be required or you will be asked to leave. This will be in effect until the order is lifted.
You can mail to 101 N. East Crown Point, IN 46307, online, in person, or one of the drop off boxes.
Drop Box locations: South side of City Hall, Police Station south end of parking lot in the brick pillar.
Soon, the City is currently working on upgrading to make this an option for our community.
Check PASER list on website
Please check the Zoning Map
No. Stormwater drainage cannot negatively impact a neighboring property.
The Farmer’s Market begins on the first Saturday in June and ends on the last Saturday of September.
You can find our Farmer’s Market Application right here on our page! If you would like more detailed information on becoming a vendor, please call (219) 662-3290.
No, pets of any kind are not permitted inside the facility and will be asked to leave.
No! We accept vendors throughout the entirety of the season.
No, outside food and drink is permitted when entering the facility.
You can email a request, or call our administrative secretary at 219-662-3248, ext. 506.
Because of the Health Information Portability Accountability Act (HIPPA), we can only release our patient care reports to the actual patient. The two exceptions are if you are a legal parent or guardian of a minor, or you are a legal medical representative to an adult. Patient Care Reports (PCRs) can only be picked up in person, at the fire station. PCRs cannot be sent electronically or mailed.
Attorney's seeking a copy of patient care reports, please fax your request with proper documentation to 219-323-8606.
You can contact the Fire Department Billing Division directly at 219-488-2374. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Any tours that involve larger groups (school, church, daycare, boy scouts, girl scouts, etc), must be scheduled. You can schedule your tour by calling our administrative secretary at 219-662-3248, ext. 506. We do our best to accommodate your request, but will have to work around emergency calls, department training, and other planned events that we have already committed to.
The Fire Department does not inspect residential properties. We do, however, schedule inspections for commercial and institutional properties or places of business. Please contact the Fire Department Inspection Division at 219-662-3248, ext. 505 or email Fire Inspection.
CPR Class Info
The state has an ordinance against residential open burning in Lake County. This is an “air quality” issue, rather than a fire protection issue, however the fire department will become involved if a complaint is made.
Please contact the Crown Point Fire-Rescue non-emergency number 219-662-3248, ext. 506 to schedule an appointment for a Car Seat Inspection with a certified inspector. Due to high demand, scheduling an appointment is the only option.
Crown Point Fire-Rescue does not take sharps or dispose of sharps containers. Below we have provided a couple of options on how to dispose of sharps.
Please click on the link provided to order a sharps disposal mail-back kit through Republic Service.
If you are a Lake County resident, you may also dispose of your sharps (medical needles in a rigid container) at the Lake County Household Hazardous Waste Collection.
Follow the link for the 2023 schedule:
Crown Point Fire-Rescue does not dispose of expired or unwanted medication. Below are options of how to dispose expired or unwanted medication.
CVS will accept and dispose of expired or unwanted medication.
2272 N Main Street Crown Point, IN 46307
-If you are a Lake County resident, you may dispose of your expired or unwanted medication at the Lake County Household Hazardous Waste Collection.
The link below will bring up the 2022 schedule:
The fire department does not fill pools. If you plan on using your hose at home please contact the Water Department before hand. The water department can be reached at 219-662-3235. There are local companies that offer pool filling services. Contact a local pool company who can refer you to one of these companies.
All public fireworks displays, even those organized by local fire departments, must receive a permit issued by the Indiana State Fire Marshal, per Indiana Code 22-11-14 and Indiana Administrative Code Title 675, Article 12, Chapter 9. The permit authorizes the use of professional grade fireworks but is not effective until the local fire chief approves the operator of the show and inspects the display site to determine the display site and plan are safe.
The permit must be received to possess, deliver and transport the special fireworks too. See Indiana Code 22-11-14-2 and Indiana Administrative Code Title 675, Article 12, Chapter 9, Section 5 (pages 49–50). In addition to the state permit, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) license or permit may be required.
Applications for permits must be received at least five business days before the date of a display, and the applications should include the resume of the fireworks display operator's (or operators') experience in preparing displays, igniting or discharging fireworks, implementing emergency procedures and disposing of unfired or defective fireworks.
A common issue is that a display operator does not file for a permit at all. IDHS recommends that the chief of the fire department of the municipality in which the display is to be held take the initiative to contact the operator and make sure that a permit has been applied for. The permit issued by the State Fire Marshal will not be effective until the local fire chief has approved the operator of the display as qualified and has inspected the site of the display to determine that the display will not be hazardous to property or persons. To aid this process, fire chiefs should keep their email address updated with their municipality and IDHS to ensure the permit application information goes to the right place in a timely manner. Once fire chiefs receive notice, they should review the operator's resume and inspect the fireworks display site using the NFPA 1123 Code for Fireworks Display. Fire chiefs and fire marshals are also encouraged to take the Guidelines for Public Fireworks Displays course through the Acadis Portal and use a checklist.
Based on state statute and NFPA 1123, the following applies for fireworks displays in Indiana:
Any individual who wants to possess 1.3g (special) fireworks must have a supervised public display permit. Individuals are not permitted to buy and use 1.3g fireworks for personal use unrelated to a public display per Indiana Code 22-11-14-2(f), which states that a "person may not possess, transport, or deliver special fireworks, except as authorized under [IC 22-11-14-2]." Indiana Code 22-11-14-2 authorizes the use of these fireworks for public displays only.
In December 2019, the permit system for fireworks moved to the Public Safety Portal. Based on both statutory language and the General Administrative Rules (GAR), each display is singular in nature and requires its own separate permit for each date/shoot. Each date/shoot also requires its own separate approval by the fire chief for that municipality, regardless of whether it is a paid or volunteer fire department.
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DO NOT REMOVE THE TAG. Correct the violation and call the inspection back into the office for a re-inspection.
NO. All re-inspects are paid for when the Occupancy is picked up.
DO NOT REMOVE THE TAG. The violation should be listed on the stop work tag if you have further questions, please contact the Building Dept. for additional information.
NO. ALL inspections must be called into the Building Dept.
No. The Building Dept. strives to complete all inspections within 3 business days; however, this time period may be longer due top a high volume of inspections or circumstances out of our control.
NO. City inspectors will not perform inspections at sites without a building permit.
NO. It is only required that the inspector have access to the job site to perform inspection.
Yes. All contractors and/or sub-contractors must be licensed with the city to perform work within city limits.
No. All contractor and/or sub-contractors must hold their own license to work within the city limits.
All licenses expire on December 31 of each year, no exceptions.
If a company has no employees and has filed for exemption through the state, the exemption certificate from the state must be provided.
No. Each contractor license must be issued to one company name only.
Yes. All plumbing contractors must hold a state of Indiana Plumbing license.
Yes. We will accept a Lake County Indiana license in lieu of testing. Contractor must still obtain Crown Point contractor’s license.
Depends on the scope of work.
The Blackboard Connect service allows authorized civic leaders to create and rapidly disseminate time sensitive messages to every telephone number stored in the notification database.
With the Blackboard Connect service, authorized users can send thousands of messages in minutes. Only authorized officials are allowed access to the system.
Authorized officials compose and record a voice and text message. That message is then delivered to individual telephones, cell phones, and text-receiving devices in the notification database.
Any message regarding the safety or welfare of our community would be disseminated using the Blackboard Connect service.
Examples include severe weather warnings and updates, hazardous traffic or road conditions inside the city or affecting local routes, and any other situation that could impact the safety, property, or welfare of our citizens.
This system is a significant enhancement to existing means of communication and is supplemental to, not a replacement for, the systems we have used in the past.
The call-in emergency information line (XXX)-XXX-XXXX, which is activated during an emergency situation, will still be available. Also, TV, radio, and our city web site will continue to broadcast important announcements.
It is our intention and hope that every residence and commercial facility in our community be included in the notification database.
For businesses, we only store one main phone number. For residents, we may have more than one number that belongs to you in the database. Additionally, you may request to have a secondary number entered into our database for priority calling.
Yes, we can accept cell phones as secondary phone numbers in the database and encourage you to request that your number be included.
Blackboard Connect takes security and privacy concerns very seriously and does not sell, trade, lease or loan any data about our clients to any third party.
From a technical perspective, we utilize multiple physical and virtual layers of firewalls to maintain data security. Blackboard Connect only utilizes secure transmissions with its customers. No confidential information is ever transmitted between Blackboard Connect and its customers using email or FTP, but rather always utilizes either a VPN tunnel or SSL. Data is hosted in state-of-the-art facilities which require photo identification, thumb-print recognition, keyed access, and are manned 24/7 with full-security personnel. All data is encrypted prior to being placed on tape for offsite storage. Blackboard Connect also retains an external, independent security firm to perform annual security audits.
The caller-ID number for calls generated by the Blackboard Connect service will be: (XXX)-XXX-XXXX. In addition, every message will begin with the same standard announcement:
“Hello, this is ______ calling with an important message from the City of Crown Point.” The message content will follow this standard introduction.
There are several varieties of call screening devices that use differing protocols for screening.
In general, the system has been found to work with these devices; but some may require some type of pre-programming to allow our city’s telephone number to pass through. We may conduct periodic test to assure that messages are being delivered to numbers in the notification database.
For non-residents or owners who reside out of our city, you may provide an additional phone number to be included in our database to contact during certain situations.
In general, calls are sent to the primary number only, but we also have the ability to call multiple numbers for each resident or business when requested by the resident or business. Please contact us at (XXX)-XXX-XXXX to provide us with that information.
Should a situation arise that requires us to contact you at multiple phone numbers, we can activate the system to place a simultaneous call to all of your numbers. In most cases, we will be sending calls only to one phone number.
Yes. The area code does not impact whether or not a call is made.
For busy signals, the call will be repeated several times in an attempt to reach you.
The same is true for No-answer and Call-waiting. If a message recorder answers the phone, the message will be left on the answering device. If, after several attempts the call does not successfully go through, the system will stop attempting to call.
Yes. Please contact us at (XXX)-XXX-XXXX to change the phone number in our notification database.
Yes, at the end of the message playback, simply press the star (*) key on your telephone to have it repeated in its entirety.
Repeating or looping of messages happens when the system detects excessive noise in the background.
Loud radio/television volumes, people talking, or busy traffic noise, can cause this. When you receive the next call, say “hello” once and turn down the volume of your radio/television or press the mute button on your telephone to allow full message delivery.
No, the parade is limited to those listed above.
Spectators can gather along Main Street between Joliet & Wells St.
Approximately 50 chairs will be set up.
You can access our application right here on our page. Once you submit your application and payment, you will be guaranteed a spot at the event unless all spots are already filled.
We will need all applications no later than September 18th.
No, pets are not allowed inside the facility.
Yes. All contractors and sub-contractors must be licensed with the City. This requirement protects you as the homeowner - to have a valid license the contractor is bonded and insured in case of injury on the job site. Call the Building Department at 219-662-3239 to verify a contractor is currently licensed.
911 is an emergency telephone number that will connect a caller to a trained professional who can quickly dispatch the police, emergency medical personnel and/or the Fire Department.
You should call 911 for any emergency.
911 is to be used only in situations of immediate threat to life and/or property that requires immediate response from Police, Fire or Emergency Medical Services (EMS) requiring immediate response.
An emergency might include, but is not limited to:
911 is not to be used for cases such as:
Please use the non-emergency number 219-663-2131. You will receive the service you want and not hamper 911 operations for true emergencies.
A highly trained, professional 911 telecommunication dispatcher will answer your call to 911.
Depending on the nature of the call, you will be asked to answer a series of questions. Please listen carefully and answer all questions! The telecommunication dispatchers are trained to ask certain questions for certain incidents. Even though some questions may seem petty, they are very important questions used to provide the highest level of public safety response. Please do not hang up until you are told to do so.
While the call taker is asking you these questions, they are also entering the information into the computer aided dispatch (CAD) system, which allows another dispatcher to instantly process the call and send help.
Please park in the parking lot at the Pointe Plaza.
In order for everyone to remain safe, attendees must stay behind the orange cones.
Santa will arrive at the Lower Level of the Courthouse and visit with children and families until 4pm.
The parade begins at dusk, but you will want to claim your spots around 5:30-6 p.m.!
It costs $25 for a local parade entry and $50 for a non-local entry. For more details, please view our parade application on our page or call 219-662-3290.
We do not pick-up electronics. We are a drop off facility on behalf of the Lake County Solid Waste Management District. Please see “Electronics Recycling” under Services for detailed information.
Please call the Street Department at 219-662-3252.
Please place clippings directly into your garbage can for disposal on your regular garbage collection day.
We do not pick-up bagged leaves. Curbside leaf pick-up is a service we provide in the fall and spring. Please see the “Yard Waste Removal” link for additional information.
This event is completely free to the public, however you must call the Mayor’s Office of Special Events to reserve your spots!
Registration opens on November, 1st.
You can make a reservation for up to 10 people! The trolleys can only accommodate 28-30 people at the most and we want to be sure that everyone who wants to attend gets the chance to!
Utilities Office at 219-661-2287
Clerk’s office at 219-662-3235
Clerk’s Office at 219-662-3235
Utilities office at 219-661-2287
Utilities office at 219-661-2287 (after office hours 219-660-0000)
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Utilities 219-661-2287 (after office hours 219-660-0000)
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Utilities Office 219-661-2287 (after office hours 219-660-0000)
Our application is available here on our page. If you have any additional questions, please call (219) 662-3290!
All applications must be submitted by November 6th.
This event is inside.