#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

January 2, 2018 July 2, 2018

February 5, 2018 August 6, 2018

March 5, 2018 September 4, 2018

April 10, 2018 October 1, 2018

May 7, 2018 November 5, 2018

June 4, 2018 December 3, 2018

2018 Plan Commission Meeting Dates

January 16, 2018 July 16, 2018

February 20, 2018 August 20, 2018

March 19, 2018 September 17, 2018

April 16, 2018 October 15, 2018

May 21, 2018 November 19, 2018

June 18, 2018 December 17, 2018


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.

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401 S Meridian St
Lebanon, IN 46052

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


City Performing Sidewalk Inventory

  The city’s Planning and Zoning Administration hired HWC Engineering to create a “Sidewalk Inventory” for the City of Lebanon. This study will give us grading for all the sidewalks in town and will provide the information the city needs to prioritize the areas for replacement. This study rates the condition of sidewalks on a …


Planning & Zoning Did You Know?

Planning & Zoning Did You Know?   Did you know that if a new fence is installed, there are guidelines found in the adopted ordinance that should be followed? When an applicant applies for a Fence Permit, the Planning and Zoning Administration goes over these rules. Here are some of the basics:   RESIDENTIAL FENCE …

2017 Sidewalk Replacement Cost Share Document

2017 Sidewalk Replacement Cost Share Document

Lebanon’s sidewalk share program continues for homeowners who want to revamp their sidewalks.   The city’s program was tremendously successful in 2016, so it is back for 2017. Reach out to the city’s Planning & Zoning Department if you are interested in taking advantage of this program. 2017 Sidewalk Replacement Cost Share Document


The Lebanon Square – National Register of Historic Places

The Lebanon Square has been officially placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Our Application Process started over two years ago, August 15, 2014. What is the National Register of Historic Places? The National Park Service administers the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register is the official Federal list of districts, sites, …