For any new commercial construction or residential construction involving 2 or more units, including additions, plans must be submitted to and reviewed by our office through our online servicer Cityworks. Plans must follow Terre Haute City Code and Terre Haute Standards and Specifications. We require one set of digital or physical plans. Plans will be reviewed by the Lead Building Inspector and a Staff Engineer. The plan review process generally takes 7 - 10 days.

For plans involving a class one structure, approval from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the City of Terre Haute Fire Department are required. 

If plans disturb an acre or more of land, additional information will need to be submitted to our office via a Land Disturbance Permit. Land disturbance is any grading, soil disposal, and stockpiling that exposes soil material to storm water.  
To determine if plans are disturbing an acre or more:

     1. Single Family Residential lots (this calculation is intended for multi lot developments):
          a. Size of the lot is one half (0.5) acre or more - the land disturbance is assumed to be one half (0.5) acre.
          b. Size of the lot is less than one half (0.5) acre - the land disturbance is assumed to be the actual size of the lot.
     2. Commercial, Industrial, and Multi-Family Dwellings: land disturbance on each individual lot is estimated to be:
          a. 
Size of the lot is one (1) acre or more - the land disturbance is assumed to be a minimum of one (1) acre.
          b. Size of the lot is less than one (1) acre - the land disturbance is assumed to be the actual size of the lot.

For a Land Disturbance Permit applicants will need to submit a set of Construction Plans and a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP or SW3P). This is required by IDEM and the step-by-step process can be found here. 

If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact our office at 812-244-4903 or engineering@terrehaute.in.gov