Building Department

Building Commissioner

David Brewer
Building Commissioner

311 Hauss Square, Room 329
New Albany, IN 47150-3586
(812) 948-5371, Direct phone
(812) 948-5325, fax
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Protecting life safety and improving the quality of life of our citizens and their neighborhoods through dedicated service and enforcement of the building codes and city ordinances.

The building department conducts inspections on commercial and residential construction projects, as well as, locate and monitor un-safe and vacant structures for potential demolition and/or rehabilitation. We issue permits and licenses to contractors and manage the city’s code enforcement efforts, such as property maintenance and cleanliness of premises. The grass and weed control program is an added division of code enforcement that is managed through the building department and plays a vital role in our successful property management program. We serve as a resource to contractors, developers and citizens and provide assistance when needed in the areas of construction and code enforcement.

Building Commission

The building commission board members meet the first Monday of the month every other month at 5:00 P.M. beginning in January.

Direct Phone Line: (812)-948-5371
Code Enforcement Hotline: (812)-948-5309

Permit Applications


Recognized Tests: Experior, Block, International Code Council
Required Test for Residential Contractor: 616 National Standard Residential Building Contractor (A)
Required Test for Commcerial Contractor: 614 National Standard Residential Building Contractor (C) 
hone: 1-888-ICC-SAFE (422-7233) ext. 5524
Testing Centers: Pearson Vue (Computer-based)
To schedule a test, please call 1-800-275-8301

General Contractor:
Reference Books required
ICC General Contractor test required with passing score

Must present certification and copy of license (or existing license from other jurisdictions)

Insurance Requirements for all Contractors:
$1,000,000.00 policy with City of New Albany as certificate holder.

License Renewals:
All licenses must be renewed yearly.  The renewal fees are:
Commercial Contractor - $100.00
Residential Contractor - $50.00
Electrical Contractor - $100.00
Electrical Supervisor - $50.00
HVAC Contractor - $100.00
Plumbing Contractor - $50.00
Plumbing Journeyman - $25.00
Plumbing Apprentice - $5.00

Code Enforcement

To improve response time and accessibility we have instituted a code enforcement hot line number for citizens to call the code enforcement division directly and report a potential ordinance violation at 812-948-5309.


  • David Brewer - Building Commissioner
  • Robert Lenz - Building Inspector
  • Ron Wolfe - Plumbing Inspector
  • Roz Pickett - Building Department Administrator
  • Dennis Smith - Code Enforcement Officer
  • John Burger - Code Enforcement Officer
  • Mary Dodge - Code Enforcement Account Manager
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