#LovinLebanon - Lebanon, Indiana

Planning Department

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 7, 2019

February 4, 2019

March 4, 2019

April 1, 2019

May 6, 2019

June 3, 2019

July 1, 2019

August 5, 2018

September 3, 2018

October 7, 2018

November 4, 2018

December 2, 2018

2018 Plan Commission Meeting Dates

January 22, 2019

February 19, 2019

March 18, 2019

April 15, 2019

May 20, 2019

June 17, 2019

July 15, 2019

August 19, 2018

September 16, 2018

October 21, 2018

November 18, 2018

December 16, 2018

2019 50/50 Sidewalk Replacement Cost Share Program

2019 50/50 Sidewalk Replacement Cost Share Program Petition


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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  • Floodplain Newsletter (Type: Useful Links)


401 S Meridian St
Lebanon, IN 46052

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


The City of Lebanon has been awarded a FY19 US EPA Brownfields Community-Wide Assessment Grant in the sum of $300,000 to support the assessment and redevelopment of Brownfields impacted by hazardous substances ($200,000) and petroleum ($100,000). The City are requesting Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) from qualified engineering/environmental firms to conduct select Phase I and Phase …


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