Building Commission

Building Commission

Randy Abel is the Randolph County Building Commissioner.

The Building Commission is responsible for assuring that construction of buildings in the county meet the building codes, registering contractors to perform work in the county, and issuing Building Permits and conducting inspections during the construction/remodeling process.

The Building Commissioner's secretary can answer many of your questions.

The office is open from 8am to 4pm Monday through Friday. If you are planning on applying for a permit, please arrive at the office by 3:30.

Many of your questions about building in Randolph County may be answered in the Frequently Asked Questions on the Area Planning & Zoning Department page.


  1. New structures
  2. Adding square footage to an existing structure
  3. Structural changes
  4. Manufactured housing
  5. Foundation work
  6. Storage sheds (over 200 square feet and $1,500)
  7. Grain bins
  8. Decks
  9. Wind turbine towers
  10. Communication towers
  11. Sprinkler systems for fire suppression
  12. Mechanicals costing over $1,500.00 for electric, plumbing and HVAC
  13. New or updated electrical panels (under $1,500)
  14. Demolition
  15. Awnings over 54" deep
  16. Swimming pools over 36" deep
  17. Signs
  1. Siding
  2. Doors
  3. Garage doors
  4. Windows
  5. Interior work (unless the load bearing structure is altered)
  6. Roofing (unless the roof line or structure is altered)
  7. Detached accessory structure less than 200 square feet and less than $1,500
  8. Swings & playground equipment
  9. Fences under 6 feet
  10. Retaining walls under 4 feet
  11. Sidewalks and driveways
  12. Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and etc.
  13. Minor electrical repair and maintenance
  14. Minor mechanical repair and maintenance
  15. Prefabricated swimming pools less than 24" deep

675 IAC 12-6-2 Definitions

Sec. 2. (a) The definitions in this section apply throughout this rule.
(b) “Class I structure” means the following:
     (1) Any part of the following:
          (A) A building or structure that is intended to be or is occupied or otherwise used in any part by any of the following:            
               (i) The public
               (ii) Three (3) or more tenants
               (iii) One (1) or more persons who act as the employees of another
          (B) A site improvement affecting access by persons with physical disabilities to a building or structure described in this subdivision.
          (C) Storage facilities, tanks, and dispensing equipment for flammable and combustible liquids or gases.
     (2) Subdivision (1) includes a structure that contains three (3) or more condominium units (as defined in IC 32-1-6-2) or other units that:
          (A) Intended to be or are used or leased by the owner of the units; and
          (B) are not completely separated from each other by an unimproved space.




IC 22-12-1-5
"Class II structure"
Sec. 5.
(a) "Class II structure" means any part of the following:
     (1) A townhouse or a building or structure that is intended to contain or contains only one (1) dwelling unit or two (2) dwelling units unless any part of the building or structure is regularly used as a Class I structure.
    (2) An outbuilding for a structure described in subdivision (1), such as a garage, barn, or family swimming pool, including an above ground swimming pool, unless any part of the outbuilding is regularly used as a Class I structure.

A new law requires contractors to disclose the use of “advanced structural components” (See back of building permit). This is basically I-Joist and trusses with less than a one hour fire resistance (ASTME119)

State Enrolled Act No. 393
Section 1.IC22-11-21 is added to the Indiana Code as a new chapter to read as follows [Effective July 1, 2018]:
Chapter 21.Firefighter Safety Notification
Sec. t. This chapter applies only to a Class 1 or Class 2 structure for which a building permit is issued by a city, town or county after June 30, 2018.
Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, “advanced structural components” means lightweight I-joists or lightweight roof trusses that:
(1) have less mass cross-sectional area than sawn lumber of equivalent proportions used in an equivalent application; and
(2) are assembled from combustible or noncombustible materials, or both.
This term does not include a structural assembly, joist, or truss that provides at least one (1) hour of fire resistance when tested in accordance with the ASTM Standard E119.


Name / Title Phone #
Bev Fields
Building Commission Secretary
765-584-0275, Ext.: 235
Randy Abel
Randolph County Building Commissioner
765-584-0275, Ext.: 234