#LovinLebanon - Lebanon, Indiana

Planning Department


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Mission Statement

To provide the City of Lebanon with proper administration and planning of land use, to issue permits for residential, commercial, and industrial structures, and to safeguard the homes, businesses, schools, churches, and industry against unsanitary and unsafe areas in the City of Lebanon.


The Planning Department is responsible for issuing Building Permits, setting up and regulating Building Inspections, Floodplain Administrator, Code En-forcement, Implementing and Regulating Planning and Zoning for the City. We are staff for the Leba-non Plan Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and the Historic Preservation Commission. We oversee and administer the Blight Elimination Grant, Brownfields Grant, and the Bicycle and Pe-destrian Master Plan (Active Living Initiative).

2018 Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Dates
2018 Plan Commission Meeting Dates


Zoning Ordinance

The purpose of this Zoning Ordinance is to regulate the use and development of land within the jurisdiction of the City of Lebanon. It is intended to promote the public health, safety and general welfare.

Building Permit Applications

Building permits are required for commercial and residential sites for new construction, alterations, additions, signage, storage buildings/mini barns, fences, swimming pools, reroofing, plumbing, heating and air and electrical work being done in the City limits of Lebanon. Complete plans must be submitted for a building permit to the Planning Department for review and compliance before a permit will be issued. Building Inspections are required when a permit is issued. Contact the Planning Department for inspections; a 24-hour notice is required for inspections.



Utility easements are strips of land used by utility companies to construct and maintain overhead electric, telephone and cable television lines and underground electric, water, and sewer, telephone, and cable television lines. Property owners are responsible for maintaining easements.


Easement Facts Sheet

Who owns the utility easement? The property owner owns all of the land including the utility easements. However, utilities have a right to access that portion of land which has been designated a utility easement.

How are utility easements created? Utility easements are usually created at the time a plat for a new development is designed. Utility easements almost always exist along streets and along rear lot lines and sometimes exist between two lots

Why is it important to keep easements clear? Keeping utility easements clear helps utility companies perform routine maintenance (ex. replace a pole), construct improvement projects (ex. install a new sanitary sewer), and repair utility lines during emergencies (ex. remove a tree which has fallen on a power line during a lightning storm.)

What if I build a mini-barn in an easement? Mini-barns are subject to Building Setback Lines, and therefore cannot be built within the easement. Setback lines are shown on your subdivision plat. Subdivision plats can be found at the planning department or at the Boone County Recorders office in the courthouse.

What if I build a fence in an easement? By placing an obstruction in the way of a utility company, it makes outage durations longer by making the utility company move obstructions out of the way. The damage caused by moving a mini-barn out of the way or removing a fence is not the responsibility of the utility company. The utility company by the rights of the easement has the power to do what it takes to maintain the utility.

Floodplain Management

Why is Floodplain Management Important?

While many areas have flood problems, floodplain lands can be valuable community assets. The natural resources that are contained in these areas, as well as the natural functions of these resources, can contribute to the overall quality of life. When floodplain areas are left in or restored to a natural state, they can not only reduce the severity of flooding, but better handle storm water runoff and help prevent pollution of the natural water system.

Floodplain or Floodway?

The floodway is a channel of a river or stream and those portions of the land adjoining the channel which are reasonably required to carry and discharge the peak flow of the regulatory (100-year) flood. The areas adjoining the channel which have been or may be covered by the regulatory flood is the floodway fringe. The floodplain includes both the floodway and the floodway fringe districts. Generally, the floodway should be kept clear of structures and other impediments to drainage flow. Floodway fringe areas may have drainage.

  • FEMA Elevation (Type: Useful Links)
  • Flood Ordinance (Type: Ordinances & Resolutions)
  • Floodplain Newsletter (Type: Useful Links)

Electrical Specifications

All new buildings, load upgrades and customer requests are subject to review by the Utility Engineering Department to determine if the requested project is subject to line extension fees and if the requests are within the Utilities guidelines and policies.

  • Utility facility construction will not begin until line extension fees have been paid in full.
  • Notify Lebanon Utilities of the location of the services for spotting of the meter prior to obtaining permits. Pay any required deposits.
  • Obtain permits from local Building Inspector.
  • The Lebanon Utilities will connect the temporary service.
  • When the permanent service is completed, the Building Inspector will make an inspection.
  • Service must meet the specific requirements below.
  • When the Building Inspector approves the permanent service, Lebanon Utilities will connect the permanent service.
  1. The minimum residential service installed or upgraded shall be 100 amps, 120/240 v. The minimum commercial service shall be 200 amps single-phase or 100 amps three-phase.
  2. A minimum of three (3) size #3 copper wires in conduit is required for a 100-amp service. A minimum of three (3) size 3/0 copper wires in conduit is required for a 200-amp service. Allowed wire types are RH, RHH, RHW, THW, THWN, THHN, AND XHHW. NO ENTRANCE CABLE IS ALLOWED. NO ALUMINUM WIRE IS ALLOWED.
  3. The neutral wire must be clearly identified on both ends.
  4. If underground service is required the contractor must provide the trench; that is at least 36″ deep and free of rocks and foreign objects. The contractor must supply conduit for riser pole, for any paved or concrete areas, and from the meter base to the underground. Check with the Lebanon Utilities regarding the services they provide and their cost.
  5. For overhead service, the riser is to be 2″ rigid conduit for both 100 amp and 200 amp services. Use pipe straps accordingly. If the riser is not contacted directly, PVC or EMT may be used. If the riser is contacted directly only rigid steel will be allowed. Only 2 hole metal straps securely fastened to structural members will be allowed.
  6. Maximum height of conduit above roof shall be 3 feet. Anything higher must be guy-wired or supported. Minimum height of conduit shall be 18″ above the roof.
  7. Service entrance wire shall be 18″ to 36″ long at the weather-head, and the neutral must be marked for identification.
  8. The center of the meter base shall be 5 ft. to 5- 1/2 ft. above final grade.
  9. New construction and upgrade of service must comply with specification # 8.
  10. When the electric panel is upgraded the meter base must be the same or higher amp service than the panel.
  11. Locknuts and bushings are required in the meter base.
  12. If the fuse or the breaker disconnect box is not adjacent to the meter base, the customer shall install a disconnect switch, which must have the capacity of the main. A maximum of 3 ft. of wire is allowed once the wire has passed through the wall and into the building.
  13. An 8′ to 10′ ft. ground rod must be driven near the meter. A minimum of 18″ out and 6″ below the surface.
  14. All services must have a number four copper ground wire connected with the proper grounding connector to the ground rod. Do not cover before inspection.
  15. Interior wiring shall not be smaller than number 12.
  16. All other wiring shall be in accordance with the National Electric Code.
  17. All new construction rough in requires one G.F.I. receptacle for contractor use.



401 S Meridian St
Lebanon, IN 46052

  • Phone: (765) 482-8845
  • Fax: (765) 482-8873


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