STATEHOUSE - In order for a contractor to complete projects, they must be granted specific permits and pay fees to the municipality or state. Because of ambiguous and confusing procedures and qualification, many contractors have been operating while lacking the proper permit.
Rep. Dick Dodge (R-Pleasant Lake) became aware of this problem and coauthored House Bill 1162. House Bill 1162 passed the Senate by a vote of 48-1.
Most construction projects require permits from the Department of Environmental Management, but IDEM permits do not cover all environmental issues. Projects in the past have improperly started operations without approval from local sewer, water and solid waste boards.
To clearly outline what permits are necessary, House Bill 1162 would establish the Institutional Control Registry, a computerized database of all Indiana municipal corporation ordinances. This database would assist people in correctly authorizing their projects.
"Too many construction projects have operated without valid authorization," said Rep. Dodge. "I am not blaming people and assuming they chose not to get the necessary permits, though that is sometimes the case.
"I think the process can be made easier with House Bill 1162, and these problems can be avoided."