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If you were ordered to probation by the Court, you need to report to the Adult Probation Department as directed by the Court. Most frequently, this is either immediately or within 48 hours. Be sure to bring any documentation you received in Court with you (terms of probation, order for report, etc). The Adult Probation Department is open from Monday to Friday, 8:00 to 4:30 pm and is located at 227 W Jefferson Blvd, 4th Floor, South Bend, IN 46601.
The Adult Probation Department is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Located on the 4th Floor of the County-City Building @ 227 W Jefferson Blvd, South Bend, IN 46601.
The Adult Probation Department is located on the 4th floor in the County-City Building at 227 W. Jefferson Blvd, 4th Floor, South Bend, IN 46601.
The contact number is (574) 235-9565.
Drug testing is determined by your supervising agency, so you will need to contact them before reporting to the laboratory. If you are required to drug test at the CSAP lab, see information listed below.
The CSAP Laboratory is open as follows:
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
The lab is located at 227 W Jefferson Blvd, 3rd Floor, South Bend, IN. You must bring a Photo ID and $15 with you. If you are testing for an agency other than Probation, CSAP or Problem Solving Court - you must bring documentation from your referring agency.
Probation Department Fees can only be paid at the Adult Probation Department. Payments are only accepted in the form of money order or cash. Please note that change is not given at the Probation Department, so you must bring the exact amount you want to pay.
Travel Restrictions may have been placed on you by the Court when you were placed on probation. If you are unsure if your travel is restricted or not, please contact your Probation Officer for clarification.
Be sure to have the following information when you call your PO:
Transferring of probation is possible, but there are restrictions depending upon your type of case. You need to contact your Probation Officer for specific information as the rules for transferring to a another county is different than transferring to another state.
Before contacting your probation officer, have the following information with you:
Information regarding criminal cases can be accessed through the public information website.
You can search for active protective orders and /or no contact orders through a public information site.
Investigators attempt to gather as much information as possible about the report. This may include contacting the person's care-giver(s), family member(s) and physician. If the adult appears to be endangered, an investigator will make an unannounced home visit to assess the situation and determine whether the case is substantiated.
A certified copy of a marriage license has the courts seal on it certifying that it is a true and legal copy of the marriage license, usually required for legal purposes, like getting your real id. A non-certified copy of a marriage license does not have any seal on it, usually used for personal purposes, like for genealogy.
To obtain a certified copy of your marriage license, please fill out the form Certified Marriage License Clerk's Office and submit.
You can request the document from the Clerk's Office or from the Archives and Records Center.
We have Marriage Licenses from 1832 to 1988 from South Bend, and 9/9/1980 to 2/14/1998 from Mishawaka.
A Marriage License gives you the date when the couple applied to get their marriage license, and the date, place, and who married them. The Marriage Application has the biographical information, date of birth, birthplace, parents information, if they have been married before, etc...
We have Marriage Applications from April 1905 to 1988 from South Bend, and 9/9/1980 to 2/14/1998 from Mishawaka.
A certified copy of a divorce decree has the courts seal on it certifying that it is a true and legal copy of the divorce decree, usually required for legal purposes. A non-certified copy of a divorce decree does not have any seal on it, usually used for personal purposes, like for genealogy.
To obtain a certified copy of your Divorce Decree, please fill out the form Certified Divorce Decree Clerk's office and submit.
We have Divorce Indexes from 1832 to 1984 in South Bend. We have a Divorce Index from 1980-1990 in Mishawaka. If you need Divorce records after 1984 in South Bend or 1990 in Mishawaka, please contact the Clerk's office.
A Will is a detailed list of how you want your assets distributed after death, and the Estate file is a court record that details the persons assets, taxes, debts, and distribution of said assets. In the state of Indiana, the Inheritance tax file is confidential.
We have Estate Indexes from 1832 to 1988 in South Bend. We have Estate Indexes from 1981-1995 in Mishawaka. If you need Probate records after 1988 in South Bend or 1995 in Mishawaka, please contact the Clerk's office.
For land record information you can contact the Assessor's Office or the Recorder's Office.
For Birth Certificates please contact the Health Department at 574-235-9750 x 2, or visit the Health Departments page .
For Death Certificates please contact the Health Department at 574-235-9750 x 2, or visit the Health Departments page .
Please visit the Records Division at the St. Joseph County Jail located at 401 W. Sample St in South Bend between the hours of 8:00 am. and 4:00 pm.
If your company would like to get a pre-employment background check for a prospective employee, please contact the Records Division at 574-245-6535 between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.
We ask that you contact the St Joseph County Clerk's office at 574-235-9635 because we do not release criminal information here.
We are located at 1140 S Lafayette Blvd, South Bend, IN 46601. We are open Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, and we prefer to do research from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. If you are planning a trip to visit and have a lot of research to do please call ahead at 574-235-9091 to make an appointment.
We do allow you to make copies for a fee of five cents per page of records that are open to the public. Since we are a Records Center, we reserve the right to tell you to contact the originating department to get the information that you are looking for because we do not know that departments regulations.
Our cost for copies is $0.05 (five cents) per page. The cost is the same whether you stop in our office, and have us make a copy or if you have us scan and email it to you, or if we mail it to you.
Payments can be made by cash, check, money order, or online for payments more than $2.00.
Genealogy/Research requests are done on a first come first serve basis. The time it takes us to complete your request depends on how much information you provide and how much research we have to do. We try to complete most requests within 7 days, if we can not complete it in that time, we email you and let you know.
At this time you may use your own device, as long as it doesn't damage the original document. At this time there is no fee if you use your own device to capture the image.
At the Archives and Records Center, we are only able to help you with genealogy research. In order for us to research a specific person, please provide as much information as you have on the individual, tell what type of record you are looking for, and provide an approximate time frame to search. I always recommend that you go to the South Bend Area Genealogical Society because there are online indexes that may help you in your research.
At this time, we do not offer this. But, on genealogical websites like Ancestry or Family Search, some of our records are available online.
Not all of our holdings are available to the public. Since we are only the holder of the information, it is the responsibility of the department to release any information that you are looking for. We do have certain records that are available to be used for genealogy that are open to the public that we can assist you with and you can view.
The Archivist/Director is Katerina Carter.
We Service all of the departments of St. Joseph County and the city of South Bend by:
We service citizens by:
You can only use pencils, no food or drink, and clean hands are required when you are working with the original copies of records.
SBAGS is the South Bend Area Genealogical Society, and they have indexes to some of the records used for genealogy on their website.
No, you can not check out records from the Archives, only the agency that creates the records stored at the Archives are allowed to check out the Records.
No you can not hire the Archives staff members to do your research, BUT we will gladly assist you the best that we can.
We have records dating back to 1832.
Yes, we do give tours. All you have to do is ask!
We do not have an Archives Reading Room, but we do have a work station in our Archives set up that you can use to complete your research.
We no longer have a microfilm reader available for public use.
County GIS map
Yes. A case may be opened in our office even if the children have emancipated or the child support order has terminated for another reason. However, if an extended period of time has passed, we may not be able to collect on your previous order due to the statute of limitations. Our office would need to review your court orders to determine if we would be able to assist you with collections on the arrears due.
If paternity has not been established or a paternity affidavit has not been signed, you may request a genetic test to determine if you are the biological father of the child(ren). You may request a genetic test at the time of the court hearing. Our office can also work with you and the mother to have genetic testing completed prior to the court hearing.
Child support is calculated using the Indiana Child Support Guidelines. A child support worksheet is prepared to determine what the appropriate child support order should be. The income of both the mother and the father is considered, as well as overnight parenting time, other biological children the parties may have, day care expenses, and health insurance. The Indiana Supreme Court offers a free Child Support Calculator you may use.
Once an employer has received an income withholding order, the employer must start withholding from the non-custodial parent’s earnings no later than the first pay period that occurs after 14 days following the date the notice was mailed. Typically, it takes around 4 weeks for the first payment to be remitted by the employer to the Indiana State Central Collection Unit (INSCCU). If you still haven’t received any payments 4-6 weeks after you’ve received the notice of withholding, please contact your caseworker.
Our office is prohibited by federal law from discussing the other parent’s taxes with anyone. We will not be able to tell you a date when the money would be released to your account.
You can contact your caseworker to see if your order can be modified. You must include a reason why you think the modification would be appropriate (such as job loss, change in daycare expenses, or change in overnight parenting time). Your caseworker will then notify you if our office can review your case for modification.
If we are unable to review your case at this time, you can request a modification from the court by filing pro se (representing yourself in court) or by hiring a private attorney.
In accordance with federal law, the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office Child Support Division is not involved in custody issues or visitation/parenting time disputes. You can request the issue be addressed in court by filing pro se (representing yourself in court) or by hiring a private attorney.
If you would like to check the time of your court hearing, you may search for it here: Online Docket
The employees of the Court cannot provide you with legal advice. For assistance, you may want to consult the Indiana Supreme Court website self-help section at: Self Service or Indiana Legal Services
You may go to Courthouse 1 or the Mishawaka Courthouse to pick up the Protection Order paperwork or you can file a petition online.
The employees of the Court and the Clerk's office cannot provide legal advice. Please go to the Indiana Legal help website for helpful information.
No, leaves are not part of the ordinance; however, yard waste that is purposely placed in an area that prohibits the flow of water to designated drainage board areas is a violation.
No, the cases and site visits are complaint driven. Residents may report a concern via. St. Joseph County Code Enforcement Online Complaint Form
8AM to 4:30PM Monday through Friday
At this time our ordinances do not address anything related to structures. Public safety issues may be directed to either the St. Joseph County Building Department or St. Joseph County Health Department.
No, vehicles parked on the street are under the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s jurisdiction. Inoperable or abandoned vehicles on private property are part of the ordinance. Multiple inoperable vehicles may be a zoning violation.
Calls may be made anonymously, but online complaints must provide a phone number or email. Inspectors may need contact information for a complainant to verify address, nature of the complaint, etc. in order to create a case.
The current vehicle ordinance only covers inoperable vehicles, not the location of operable ones.
This is a public health hazard and is handled by the St. Joseph County Health Department
No, the ordinance states that it is a violation to purposely place material that blocks the flow of water and forces it to pool, creating a hazard.
Code enforcement does not have jurisdiction over burning. Please contact the St. Joseph County Police Department Non-emergency (574) 235-9611.
This may be a zoning violation. Please contact Area Plan/Zoning at (574) 235-7800 or email@example.com.
Code enforcement does not have jurisdiction over noise complaints. Please contact the St. Joseph County Sheriff Department (574) 235-9611
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After the first time a violation is found, the inspector will leave a courtesy hangtag at the location stating concerns and contact information. If after 7 days no contact or remediation has been made, a formal violation notice will be mailed to the owner/address of record.
Contact the Community Service Coordinator
Parolees and Probationers must both abide by conditions set either by the sentencing court or the Parole Board. These conditions can include the payment of fines or court costs, participation in treatment for mental health or substance abuse, random drug testing, and regular meetings with a probation officer. Failure to comply with these conditions can result in sanctions, up to and including revocation. Revocation usually requires offenders to serve the remainder of their sentence incarcerated, either in jail or with the state Department of Correction.
DuComb Center currently houses both male and female clients within the facility. DuComb is divided into two housing units; one for male clients and the other for females. The male unit can house up to 88 men. The female unit can house up to 20 women.
Deduction forms can be found on the Department of Local Government (DLGF) website, https://www.in.gov/dlgf/deductions-property-tax
The Auditor transfer fee is $10.00 per parcel. For instance: if you bring in a Warranty Deed that transfers three parcels, the Auditor's fee would be $30.00.
The only deduction that needs to be filed after a refinance is the mortgage deduction.
The deadlines are different for real estate and mobile homes. Real estate property tax deduction applications must be signed by December 31st of the year you are applying for and presented to the Auditor by the following January 5th. Mobile homes deduction applications (if you are the owner on January 1st) must be filed by March 31st of the year you are applying for.
Most commonly people file for the mortgage and homestead deductions. They are not the same deduction. If you are buying a property with a mortgage, you could apply for the mortgage deduction. If you own a property and it is your principle place of residency, you could apply for the homestead deduction. Please see Indiana Property Tax Benefits - State Form 51781 for a complete list of available property tax deductions.
Yes. Indiana Code 6-1.1-12-17.8(d), as amended by HEA 1450, requires that if an unmarried individual receiving a homestead deduction marries and would like to continue to receive the homestead deduction, as long as they are still eligible for the deduction, they must reapply. As such, a change in marital status, even if there is no change to the deed, requires reapplying for the deduction.
We have a convenient map available for informational purposes only. The only way to confirm your lot lines is to have your property surveyed by a professional surveyor. Please click on this link maps.macog.com .
You can view property owner information via the address at maps.macog.com.
We have a convenient map available for informational purposes only at maps.macog.com. Please know, the only way to confirm your lot lines is to have your property surveyed by a professional surveyor.
We strongly suggest you contact a Title Company or Real Estate Attorney for all deed changes.
You may obtain copies of your marriage license in person or online.
To change your address, you may come in person with a valid photo ID to any one of our three locations:
You may also fax or mail a letter to one of our 3 locations (listed above). You will need to send a copy of your valid photo ID.
Under your ID, you will need to print clearly your name, address, phone number and your request.
To see if a check was returned, you may come in person with a valid photo ID to any one of our three locations:
Or you may fax or mail a letter to one of our three locations.
Most cases that are investigated by the Coroner's office are reviewed and closed within 7 to 21 days. If a case is pending toxicology or microscopic examination, a cause and manner of death could take up to 10 weeks for final results.
Not always. If the death is a "Natural Death" and cause of death can be determined by past medical history or from an external exam the Coroner will normally not perform an autopsy.
An autopsy is performed on all:
Due to legal and health issues, visitation of the loved one is done only at the funeral home after the body is properly prepared.
For further information: 574-235-5038
An autopsy report is an investigative record. It can only be released to the next-of-kin or an insurance company who has a claim arising from the death per IC 36-2-14-18.
No, when the Coroner orders the autopsy there is no cost to the family.
Contact the funeral director of your choice as soon as possible and advise him / her what has transpired. Your funeral director will then coordinate further arrangements with the Coroner's office and help you begin the preparations for your loved one's funeral.
Public information that must be released upon request, Section 36-2-14-18 of the Indiana Code says that the coroner is required to make available for public inspection and copying the following information:
Information regarding an autopsy, if performed, limited to the date,
Everyone would say homicide, and yes, that is correct. Suicides and all accidents are also to be investigated by the coroner. But by far the largest segment of the deaths to be investigated by the coroner is in the natural manner.
Most county health departments report a 1% rate in each county per year. Of this total, the coroner investigates about 12% of the cases. So if you have 200,000 people in your county and 1% dies this year, then you will have 2,000 deaths. The coroners will then investigate about 240 cases with 60-70% of these natural deaths.
Natural deaths include people who have no attending physician to sign the death certificate. It is also composed of those individuals who die suddenly and unexpectedly, even though they have been seen recently by a physician. They include individuals who have affected their health by the use of drugs or alcohol.
All deaths of inmates while incarcerated or when the eventual cause of death is found to have originated while the victim was incarcerated is another type of death that is investigated by the coroner. Deaths of individuals who die of a disease that might constitute a threat to public health are also reviewed.
Deaths of people whose bodies are to be cremated, buried at sea, transported out of state, or otherwise are unavailable for pathological study must be reviewed by the coroner. Deaths of transplant surgery donors that are the result of some type of trauma are also reviewed.
In the state of Indiana the autopsy must be performed by a Board Certified Pathologist. In St. Joseph County most cases use a Forensic pathologist.
There are a number of reasons autopsies are performed. However, the basic reason is to determine the cause and manner of death when it is not known, also to gather evidence for presentation in a court of law.
The following is a list of deaths in which the Coroner's Office is contacted:
The coroner will determine if the death will be investigated or if the death certificate can be routinely signed by the attending physician.
The Health Department issues Death Certificates.
The Health Department is located on the 8th Floor of the County-City Building.
To find out who your council person is visit our GIS MAP
You may link to the St. Joseph County Code Book here.
Our public hearings are held the 2nd Tuesday of the month (with the exception of holidays).
The public hearing meetings always start at 6:00 p.m.
The County Council meets the 1st Tuesday of the month (with the exception of holidays) at 6:00 p.m.
The public hearings are held at 227 W Jefferson Boulevard South Bend, Indiana 46601 South Bend, IN 46601, 4th floor, Council Chambers.
To pick up an accident report you may go to buycrash.com and purchase it from that site for $12.00 or you may visit the Records Division at the St. Joseph County Jail located at 401 W. Sample St. South Bend between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday. The cost to pick it up in person is $8.00 cash.
For an incident report, please visit the Records Division, these are not available online at this time. The cost is $1.00 per report.
Please contact our non-emergency dispatch at 574-235-9611 option #1 to request an officer to obtain a VIN check for the Indiana BMV. Payment is $5 cash for each vehicle.
Please visit the state’s website to begin the application process for your Concealed Carry Permit (CCW). After you complete the state portion of the application process and get your fingerprints done please visit the Records Division at the St. Joseph County Police at 401 W. Sample St. South Bend between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm to complete the local portion of your application. For any other questions regarding your application, please call the Records Division at 574-245-6535.
Please visit our Records Division at the St. Joseph County Jail located at 401 W. Sample St in South Bend between the hours of 8:00 am. and 4:00 pm. The cost for a background check is $8.00 cash. You must have a photo ID to compete the request.
To put money on an inmate's commissary or "books" you may send a money order to the St. Joseph County Jail at 401 W. Sample St. South Bend, IN 46601 with your inmate's name on the bottom of the envelope. You may also come into the jail lobby between the hours of 7 am and 9 pm and use our kiosk. (The jail does not accept cash at the counter, only in the kiosk).
Bond or bail money can be accepted between the hours of 7 am and 9 pm at the County Jail, located at 401 W. Sample St. South Bend, IN. To find out the amount of the bail you may call 574-245-6501 or visit Jailtracker . You may also pay a bond or bail online at govpaynet.com. You will need the inmate's OCA number and the amount of the bail or bond which you may obtain by calling the jail or from our inmate lookup.
Please visit the Records Division at the St. Joseph County Jail which is located at 401 W. Sample St. South Bend, between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm to fill out a noise ordinance request.
By St. Joseph County Ordinance 130, loud music and construction noises are allowed between the hours of 7 am and 10:00 pm. The Sheriff has the authority to approve or deny a request on a case by case basis. The cost is $5.00 per day, due in cash at the time of the approval by the Sheriff.
Located at : 227 W Jefferson Blvd, County-City Building South Bend, IN. 46601, 3rd Floor
We are open daily from 8:00am - 4:30pm Monday- Friday (We do remain open during lunch hours with limited staffing).
There is free 2 hour street parking available on most downtown streets from 6am to 6pm.
If you think you will need more time there are a couple parking garages that charge a small fee.
The Recorders Office is not bonded to perform lien searches, you will need to contact a Title Search company to perform such searches.
The Recorders Office cannot change a recorded document as it is a permanent record. If you want to make changes to the deed, a new document would need to be prepared and recorded at the current recording fee rate. The Recorders Office does not have blank forms and cannot prepare a document for you. You may either prepare it yourself or contact a real estate attorney to prepare it on your behalf.
The Recorders Office files the DD214 and a copy is available for free from our office, you must provide ID to get a copy, they are not available to the general public.
We offer both free basic searches and paid expanded searches, through Laredo and Tapestry.
Please contact our office to get assistance.
Mortgage exemptions are handled in the St Joseph County Auditors Office, which is located on the 2nd floor of the County-City Building (227 W Jefferson Blvd, South Bend, IN. 46601).
You will need the recording number, date it was recorded, amount of the loan (if any) and name of loan company. The Recorders office can provide you all this information either over the phone 574-235-9525 or in person.
Questions about exemptions should be addressed to the Auditors Office 574-235-9529.
You may call your mortgage company or your escrow agent to confirm payment. You may also call the County Treasurer’s Office at 574-235-9531 to obtain confirmation of payment.
After the hearing for the property tax appeal the information reducing your tax bill is sent from the Assessor’s Office to the County Auditor's Office. The change may result in a payment surplus or a commissioners’ refund.
You will receive one mailing each year, which will include both Spring and Fall Installment billings.
Understanding Your Tax Bill
In a normal year, there are two installment payment due dates prescribed by the statute:
The original title must be brought into the Treasurer’s Office. All taxes, current and past due, must be paid prior to obtaining the permit.
Payments need to be made by cash or money order for an immediate Mobile Home Permit. If payment is made by check a two-week wait is required.
Categories include Homestead Credit and Mortgage, Blind or Disabled, Over 65, Energy System, and Disabled Veteran.
Most taxpayers can view a tax history of their property on our website. Once you locate your property you will see general information, billing information, tax overview and tax history.
Once settlement takes place, letters notifying taxpayers of an available surplus refund are sent out, from the County Treasurer’s Office, to all those who have surplus funds greater than $5.00 on an individual property. The letter contains the amount of surplus and information about collection of the surplus from the County Auditor’s Office.
Mail property tax payments to: St. Joseph County Treasurer P.O. Box 4758 South Bend, IN. 46634
Payments made in person can be made at: St. Joseph County Treasurer's Office 227 West Jefferson Boulevard County-City Building, 2nd Floor South Bend, IN. 46601
227 W Jefferson Blvd, County-City Building, South Bend, IN. 46601
Yes, by visiting: enoticesonline.com/index.php/stj
Indiana law requires the appointment of either a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) or a trained Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in abuse and neglect cases under certain circumstances and provides for discretionary appointment in others. If a child is alleged to be a Child In Need of Services (CHINS) because he presents a risk to himself or others, is born with drugs or alcohol in his system or is at-risk as a result of pre-natal substance abuse, is not receiving appropriate medical care or the whereabouts of his parent is unknown, the court should appoint a Guardian Ad Litem or CASA. The Court has the discretion to appoint a GAL or CASA if the petition alleges other statutory standards for a Child In Need of Services, but shall appoint if the parent, guardian, or custodian of the child denies the allegations of a petition. Moreover, if a child becomes the subject of a petition to terminate the parent/child relationship and the parent objects, the court must appoint a GAL or CASA for the child. In addition to abuse and neglect cases, Indiana law allows for, and some Indiana courts are now appointing CASA volunteers in custody and paternity cases. Although the number of volunteers who provide an invaluable service to Indiana trial courts is remarkable, the need for more volunteers is still unmet.
CASA volunteers undergo a thorough training process conducted by the local CASA program. Locally, volunteers receive 35 hours of training offered by a variety of professionals who contribute their training services to the program. Training topics include: Introduction to the Child Welfare System, Juvenile Court System, Child Development, Cultural Competence, Effective Communication, Sexual Victimization and Perpetration, and an ongoing emphasis on the roles and responsibilities of the CASA volunteer. Additionally, the local program follows the National CASA Association Volunteer Training Curriculum.
"CASA volunteers serve as the eyes and ears of the Court. They are to be commended for their interest and dedication in advocating for children. Protecting the best interest of the child is the overriding concern of every CASA volunteer." (Hon. Peter J. Nemeth, Judge, St. Joseph Probate Court) "The CASAs services are very much needed for the welfare of these children. Thank you for your dedication to these children. I can certainly understand why you want the CASA back in St. Joseph County to be reassigned to another family. She has done an outstanding job and certainly has the children’s interest at heart." (Hon. Michael D. Cook, Former Judge, Marshall Circuit Court) Local Facts: During 2020, 895 children were served by 157 volunteers who contributed tens of thousands of hours. Locally, the CASA Program of St. Joseph County is administered by the St. Joseph Probate Court.
In order to do any work on a regulated ditch, you need to have the approval of the Drainage Board
No, permanent or temporary structures cannot be built within the right-of-way.
If it is in a drainage way (ditch, swale, etc.) you may not block the flow. If it is sheet flow runoff (a wide path of water), you may do on your property whatever you want to do and if you create a problem for your neighbor it is your neighbor’s problem to deal with. In Indiana this is known as the "Common Enemy Drainage Law".
Indiana Drainage Law
Yes, with the permission of the Drainage Board. The County Surveyor will determine the culvert size and length. Once installed the property owner will be responsible for any maintenance on the culvert.
In order to do any work on a regulated ditch, you need to have the approval of the Drainage Board.
You need to notify the County Surveyor of your intent and then we will make a determination if the regulated drain can accept your water.
No, those salaries are paid out of the property taxes that you pay.
No, assessments go to a separate account for each regulated drain.
A regulated drain is an open ditch, drain tile, or a combination of both under the jurisdiction of the Drainage Board.
Since 1976, in St. Joseph County all subdivisions of three lots or more are required to petition to become an Urban Drain under the jurisdiction of the Drainage Board.
Drainage assessment rates are determined by the Drainage Board at a public hearing. Each person affected is sent a notice of the hearing. The Drainage Board sets the rates based upon the estimated yearly maintenance of the drain prepared by the County Surveyor.
You and your neighbors are responsible for the repair. You can request the Drainage Board to look at it and determine what the problem is. You need to fill out an application in the County Surveyor’s office. There is a fee attached with the application to cover any expenses involved.
Contact the County Surveyor’s Office at 574-235-7800.
DRCB recommends that you seek legal counsel, but legal counsel is not required for you to receive services.
DRCB cannot assist in providing any legal advice, but DRCB can provide information on legal services and resources.
Children are not allowed to be present during parent interviews. Parents must bring an adult to provide continual supervision for children that are brought to the DRCB office.
All appointments must be scheduled on Mondays through Fridays between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
DRCB recommends that you first contact the Family Justice Center. The contact and program information can be found on the Family and Justice Center website.
Specific rules are established by each county based on its available programs and the individual needs of offenders. Levels of supervision are determined at the local level and may include (but are not limited to) work release or home detention/electronic monitoring.
While IDOC reimburses the county $25 per day for each individual supervised, additional fees may be charged to the offender while on CTP. It is at the discretion of the local agency’s Advisory Board to charge additional fees to the offender participating in the program.
Offenders do not sign up for CTP. Each eligible offender is automatically identified as eligible no more than 60 and no less than 45 days prior to that offender's CTP Commencement Date.
No, the client may live with family or friends or they can rent a house or apartment. However there is an approval process that must be completed prior to the move in date.
No, the clients can earn the opportunity for home detention through positive program participation. The court can place a client on home detention by court order.
Yes, the clients can be authorized to change addresses. However, there is an approval process that must be followed prior to moving.
There is an established property list that your loved one was given during their orientation. This list shows all approved property including approved amounts. Property may be dropped off at the facility on Tuesdays and every other Saturday between 9:00am and 1200 noon. Please contact the facility prior to drop off.
Clients are allowed to have $25 cash on their person within the facility.
Family and friends may drop off $25 cash for clients on Tuesdays and every other Saturday:
SJCCC does not manage savings accounts for clients.
Clients are allowed to have vehicles at the facility. All vehicles must be legally owned by the client, have proper license plates and must be insured.
The average length of stay for work release clients is between 9 and 12 months.
DuComb Center can house 88 male clients and 20 female clients.
The County’s economic development staff helps to set the growth and development plan for the Department of Infrastructure, Planning & Growth team and serves as a liaison to coordinate development opportunities with our local cities and towns, the South Bend Regional Chamber, the South Bend-Elkhart Partnership, the State of Indiana’s Economic Development Corporation as well as the private development community and existing, local businesses to help facilitate growth and development within the four corners of the County. Staff works with the development community to help navigate internal and external processes to help advance projects and match incentives, when needed, to help projects to completion. Staff works with local businesses that are seeking to expand or relocate within the County and aids and coordinates to help these businesses grow. Staff also works proactively with State and Federal partners to find resources that can be used locally to leverage development or infrastructure projects.
The Division of Economic Development staff works with our regional economic development partners to promote our region to the local, regional, national, and international development community and to help prospects navigate local and regional development rules to complete their projects. Our team’s goal is to take St. Joseph County to the world and to bring the world to St. Joseph County!
The Division of Economic Development staff aides and assists the Towns by serving as supplemental staff to the local government units as they prepare economic development plans, assist with business retention and expansion projects and coordinates as needed when prospects are interested in developing within their Town limits. Staff also works with the development offices in the cities of Mishawaka and South Bend on an as-needed basis.
Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, is a financial tool that collects new property tax increment generated by new development within a legally defined area. The collected increment helps to pay for infrastructure improvements (streets, sewers, parking lots) in the area near a new development and for targeted property acquisition to support redevelopment purposes. A TIF district sits within an Economic Development Area (EDA) which is a legally defined area managed by the local Redevelopment Commission. Further information about the St. Joseph County Redevelopment Commission or the Commission’s four economic development areas can be found in this section of the website.
An economic development area (EDA) is a legally defined geography that is established to facilitate economic development or redevelopment. An EDA is managed by the local redevelopment commission. Presently, the St. Joseph County Redevelopment Commission manages five (5) EDA’s and is considering the designation of two additional EDAs.
In Indiana, tax abatement is technically defined within state law as an economic revitalization area (ERA) deduction. The process begins by designating a certain piece of real estate as an ERA. Subsequent investment on that property, within state guidelines, is then eligible for tax abatement. Two types of investments can receive tax abatement - real estate and personal property improvements.
Regarding real property, the purchase of land does not qualify for a deduction; only a structure or building. Abatement is only for the increase in assessed value which means it cannot be applied to the value of existing structures. Activities eligible for abatement include the construction of new structures, additions to existing structures, and the remodel or repair of a structure that results in an increase in assessed value. Deductions for real property can be approved for a period up to ten years, during which, new taxes are phased in, hence the term tax phase-in.
Personal property abatements are for equipment or machinery used for the production, manufacturing, fabrication, assembly, or processing of other personal property. In addition, equipment used for research and development, information technology systems and on-site logistical equipment are eligible for abatement. Used equipment can qualify for abatement if not previously used and taxed in Indiana. Like the real property abatement, deductions for personal property can be granted for a period up to five years with additional years of abatement based upon the size of the project.
The tax abatement program is managed by the St. Joseph County Council. The Division of Economic Development plays a support role to the Council and works with the prospects and assists them through the various interviews and meetings required for approval. Tax abatement information can be found at: https://www.sjcindiana.com/taxabatement.
Partner Agencies will begin accepting applications March 17th, 2021.
Interested households should go to SJCIndiana.com/ERA to locate partner agencies accepting applications for rental and utilities assistance.
Assistance is available to renters for rent, utilities, home energy, and internet expenses. Utilities include gas, electric, water, sewer, and trash. Home energy expenses include fuel oil propane, firewood, or coal.
Twelve months of assistance is available to each qualifying household. This includes past due rent, utilities, home energy, internet expenses, and forward-facing rent.
Yes. A renter household may have received LIHEAP during the 2020-2021 program year and still be eligible to receive assistance through the ERA program in 2021.
Yes. If a qualifying household received assistance from either RAF or ESG the household may be eligible to receive ERA assistance. The assistance provided ERA cannot duplicate the months of assistance provided by the prior program. If a household received rental assistance in November, December, January, and February they may receive ERA assistance beginning in March.
Yes. A household may receive ERA assistance for the tenant’s portion of rent, however, ERA may not duplicate the rental assistance/subsidy that the household receives. The household may also be eligible for utility/home energy and internet assistance.
The amount of rental assistance is based on the size of the apartment. Below are the maximum rental benefit amounts:
At this juncture, the application process will not proceed.
Tenants will not be taxed for ERA assistance payments.
Income Regulation for Emergency Rental Assistance Program
St. Joseph County, Indiana
If outreach attempts have been unsuccessful or the landlord provides written correspondence they do not want to participate, the payment will issue to the tenant as a two-party signature. One signature being the tenant and one signature being the landlord.
Landlords should review the regulations and guidance with their accountants. Until further guidance is established by Treasury, it is assumed that Landlords will treat ERA assistance payments as rental income, however this is an issue that we are unable to give an opinion on.
The ERA program can still help eligible tenants, even if they have received other assistance. The program does not allow for duplication of services, however, if a previous rental assistance program left a portion of tenant-owed arrears, those amounts can be included in this assistance. The number of months assistance will count towards the maximum allowed and arrears are paid before considering future payments.
Yes, as the Treasury requires in FAQ 32. Landlords are required to sign a non-eviction clause, however the clause is restricted to rent related eviction. The language is placed in the Landlord Attestation.
It reads " A tenant receiving ERA assistance for prospective rental payments will not be subject to eviction proceedings for nonpayment during the period by the assistance."
No, you are not required to sign an addendum to the lease.
We are required by the Treasury to use a priority system for processing applications.
Those applications that have:
will be processed more quickly than others.
In addition, the processing times vary depending on the document collection from all parties.
There are 2 options:
Option 1: Navigate to our GIS HUB and scroll down to the Data Portal section. Chose the coordinating tab and follow instructions for downloading.
This option is for those that just need the line work (no data included).
Option 2: Navigate to Online GIS Data Request Form and fill out the form with requested information to obtain mapping services.
This option is for those that need line work and the data fields (if for entire county a fee of $200 and a signed Provisional Data Usage Agreement is required before layer is delivered).
Fill out form with requested information to obtain printed map Online Mapping Requests.
The Regional GIS website it maintained by MACOG (Michiana Area Council of Government).
If you have questions pertaining to this website please contact them directly via phone (574) 287-1829
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions about the St. Joseph County data layers within this site please contact a
SJC GIS Staff member. John Carlson - 574.245.6583 or Beverly Kingston - 574.406.6851
You can find different Base maps of St. Joseph County on the county GIS-County Mapping main website page.
Base maps for the county can also be found on the county GIS HUB. Once there scroll down to the Download Maps section.
In 2015, the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Growth GIS staff created the St. Joseph County GIS Quick Access maps.
These maps are designed to give you answers to basic county information quickly.
For additional information please contact: FEMA Flood Map Service Center
For all zoning classifications for County addresses (five digit addresses), New Carlisle, Roseland, Osceola, Lakeville, and North Liberty: St. Joseph County Zoning Classifications
City of South Bend (2,3,4 digit addresses)
City of Mishawaka (2,3,4 digit addresses)
Town of Walkerton (2,3,4 digit addresses)
The soil is the system. As such, the area for the soil absorption field must be protected before and after installation. As stated in Indiana State Department of Health Rule 410 IAC 6-8.3, “No construction on the residential sewage disposal system may take place if the residential sewage disposal system site is disturbed or altered after the on-site evaluation by the addition of fill material, (other than construction necessary for the residential sewage disposal system) or by cutting, scraping, compaction, or the removal of soil, until a new evaluation has been conducted and a modified permit has been issued.” According to the rule, all Indiana septic systems must discharge into the soil. For soils to be suitable for a septic system absorption field, they must not be compacted or have fill. Compaction reduces the ability of a soil to disperse and treat wastewater effluent and can lead to system failure. Septic systems cannot be placed in fill due to the inability to predict permeability from the disruption of structure and the variability of the soil. The more natural and undisturbed the soil on your lot, the better your septic system is likely to perform. Do not put any structure on top of or immediately down slope of the soil absorption field. This office recommends a set-aside area for another soil absorption field in the event of system failure or future additions to the home.
Establishing a vegetative cover, such as native grasses, is beneficial to the proper function of your septic system and critical for mound systems. Plants with good root systems can stabilize the soil to prevent erosion, loosen the soil to allow air movement, and even draw water. While trees and some shrubs can remove a significant amount of water from the area, their roots can occlude sewer lines, damage septic tanks, and invade distribution lines. Aggressive water-loving trees such as poplar, willow and maple should be avoided near the soil absorption field. Most trees root systems are about the same size as the leaf canopy at maturity. A good rule of thumb is to plant trees at least this distance away. Even if you plant non-aggressive types, the potential for damage to the system exists. Before planting trees or shrubs, consult with a tree nursery professional or Purdue Cooperative Extension agent.
Septic systems in Indiana may function for 20 years or more. The Department of Health's responsibility is to make sure the system is properly sited, designed, and installed, but the homeowner is responsible for the use and maintenance. If the system is not maintained, the system will fail prematurely. For more information, you can contact the Department of Health at 574-235-9721.
This is a much debated question. According to information from the Indiana State Department of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency:
There are well over 1000 different septic tank additives on the market, but there is no standard for testing them.
There is no evidence proving that a septic tank that is designed, operated, and maintained properly needs an additive to work effectively.
There is no product available that will allow a homeowner to escape regular pumping of the septic tank.
Some additives may actually harm your septic tank and/or absorption field.
There are products that can cause groundwater contamination.
As a rule, tanks should be checked for solids buildup every year and pumped every three to five years, more often if you have a garbage disposal which can increase solids buildup by 50%. In practice, however, how often solids should be removed depends on the lifestyle of the family using the system and the size of the tank. If you wait until wastewater begins to back up into your home, solids have already started over-flowing from the septic tank and into your absorption field. This can cause some very expensive damage to the soil absorption system. When choosing a company to remove solids from your tank, ask if they thoroughly clean the tank and remove all solids. It is not very useful to just pump the liquids without removing the solids. To effectively clean the tank, the removed liquids should be flushed back into the tank to thoroughly agitate and remove settled solids. In addition, the baffles on the tank should be checked to make sure they are functional and the tank’s effluent filter (if installed) should be cleaned. A riser installed on your septic tank makes solids removal easier, and septic tank maintenance companies may charge less if the tank is easy to access. If your tank has an effluent filter installed, it can be inspected and cleaned through the riser. A properly functioning tank effluent filter protects the soil absorption field much more effectively than a baffle. If your tank does not currently have one, consider installing one the next time you have your tank cleaned. Note: a septic permit is required for any alteration or repair to the system. If you have questions about what is required, contact the Department of Health.
There are many things you can do to reduce water use throughout your home without reducing your quality of life. Generally, don’t let the water run and fix leaky faucets. The more water and waste down the drain, the less time there is for settling of solids in your septic tank and the more effluent the absorption field must treat. Either of these can cause a system to fail prematurely, but together you have a recipe for failure. If your home has a septic system, you should be doing most of these even if you system is functioning normally.
Wash only full loads of dishes in the dishwasher. However, wash them by hand during problem times.
If you rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, fill your sink instead of letting the water run. You can do a quick rinse with clean water when finished.
Fill a bowl with water to wash vegetables, and do a clean-water rinse when finished.
Fill a jug with water for the refrigerator rather than letting the water run until it is cold each time you get a glass of water.
Do not let the water run while brushing your teeth or shaving.
Secure the tub stopper, then take your shower. You’ll be surprised to see how much water you use. Take a bath or a shorter shower.
Install a new low-flush toilet.
Install a low output shower head, preferably with a shut-off option.
Never install a multiple head shower.
Wash only full loads of clothes.
Replace your old washing machine with a water-saving model.
Don’t water the septic system.
A sprinkler system should never be installed over the septic system.
Only water the lawn around the septic system when it NEEDS it. Most of the year, a sprinkler system set on a timer will over-water the lawn.
Direct sump pump lines and downspouts away from the septic system and never connect these or other clean water drains into the homes plumbing.
The Department of Health has records of septic permits starting in 1970. Some of the information is incomplete, but a search can be made. A completed Schematic Request must be submitted to the office, but you can call ahead with as much of the following information as possible to see if we have the record:
Name of original applicant
Year the home was built
Address of home
Subdivision and lot number
You may sometimes hear gurgling in your drains, see bubbling in the toilet, or an occasional damp/wet spot in the yard, or after a large rain the plumbing seems… slow. These are all signs that your system may be “ailing” and headed for replacement. It is possible there may be a simpler solution, such as obstruction or your tank may need pumped. However, if the symptoms return after the tank is pumped, your system is headed for failure. You won’t know until it is evaluated. It will not go away by ignoring it! If you have an “ailing” septic system that is limping along, DON’T WAIT until it is a full blown FAILURE to start the process. The symptoms will get worse! If you complete as much of this process as possible, you can plan. Remember, once the “ailing” goes to “failing,” it disrupts the whole household.
If you have a septic system problem, you should immediately contact the Department of Health and review all the information available in this website, including: procedures, soil scientists, registered septic installers, schematic request, etc. Reduce water usage in your home, check the septic tank for accumulation of solids, and have it pumped as necessary to keep sewage from surfacing on the ground.
Septic systems are now designed specifically for the site based upon daily design flow, soil borings, and an on-site study of the property. The reason your replacement system must now have a bigger absorption field, a system with a dose tank and pump, a larger septic tank, or a mound system is because that is what the soil and conditions on your property qualify for. Most likely, if the existing system has been in use for many years, it was not designed; it was just the standard version of septic systems at the time of installation. Furthermore, due to lack of space, water wells, the addition of fill, compaction, and landscaping, soil and site conditions are different than when the property was developed. If you have questions about system sizing or type, contact an environmental health specialist at 235-9721 for further explanation.
Because of past negative experiences, both for us and the unfortunate homeowners, we recommend that you leave septic system design and installation to the professionals. The Department of Health maintains a list of registered septic installers for you to choose from. However, if you want to pursue your own installation, please be aware of the following:
The septic application and associated paperwork, while as straightforward as possible, will not be familiar to you, and incorrect submittal of paperwork often delays permit approval.
The Department of Health cannot design the system for you. Rule 410 IAC 6-8.3, Residential Sewage Disposal Systems, and County Code 51, will be provided to you for standards of installation and design.
You must submit plans with detail and accuracy showing how you are going to meet minimum specifications.
A homeowner design is seldom of sufficient clarity, accuracy, and completeness to receive approval on the first submission.
A pre-construction conference is required prior to installation of the system.
Many times, space is limited for system repair, and an installation mistake could damage the site beyond use.
You must do the work yourself.
The Department of Health will inspect your system and require corrections if it is not installed correctly.
An onsite septic system or any component thereof must be properly abandoned or removed when the useful life of the system or component has been exceeded or when it is to be abandoned. The property owner is responsible that it is done in compliance with the following:
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5 pm Office hours are subject to off site field work. Please call ahead to schedule appointment 574/235.9371
Office Location: County City Building, 227 W Jefferson, Suite 1400 S, South Bend, IN 46601
Please use the site below to begin the process.
You may use our form to schedule a meeting in the "Employee Forms" section. You may also call to schedule at 574-235-9547.
You will receive a bright pink postcard in the mail entitled Official Juror Notification (see sample below). Once you receive this postcard, you should follow the directions outlining how to complete the questionnaire. There are three ways to complete this questionnaire:
1. LOG ON TO: http://www.sjcjury.com and follow the instructions to enter your Juror ID Number.
2. TEXT: email@example.com from your mobile device and text your juror ID Number. (Text response time varies by cell phone carrier.)
3. CALL: The automated phone system at (574) 413-6349 and enter your Juror ID Number using a touch tone phone.
PLEASE NOTE: Your Juror ID Number and your Electronic Signature Number will be listed on the bright pink postcard you receive in the mail. These are needed to log on, text, or call the jury system.
You will receive a paper summons in the mail that will include all of your reporting instructions. You can also opt in to receive text and/or email notifications that pertain to your potential jury service. PLEASE NOTE- electronic devices are not permitted in any of the St. Joseph County courthouses.
Individuals who report for jury duty are paid $15 a day plus mileage based on the farthest point in your zip code. For actually serving on a jury, jurors are paid $40 a day plus mileage.Checks are mailed by the County Auditor's Office and can take 6-8 weeks to arrive. If you fail to receive a check, please contact the bailiff for the judge in whose court you served.
No. Cell phones, cameras, personal digital assistants (PDAs), electronic books, beepers, and any devices that are capable of audio and/or visual recording are not permitted in the courthouses within St. Joseph County. For a complete list of prohibited items please see the Local Rules for St. Joseph County, Indiana.
At this time, parking costs are the juror’s responsibility. If you are required to report for jury duty, you will be paid a minimum of $15 plus mileage. This will cover any parking fees you incur. Use this website to plan your parking arrangements before you report for jury duty. DO NOT park in a two-hour parking zone downtown. You will be ticketed or towed. Most surface parking lots in downtown South Bend are private property and not available for public parking.
The court shall determine if the prospective jurors are qualified to serve, or, if disabled but otherwise qualified, could serve with reasonable accommodation. In order to serve as a juror, a person shall state under oath or affirmation that he or she is:
(a) a citizen of the United States;
(b) at least eighteen (18) years of age;
(c) a resident of the summoning county;
(d) able to read, speak, and understand, the English language;
(e) not suffering from a physical or mental disability that prevents him or her from rendering satisfactory jury service;
(f) not under a guardianship appointment because of mental incapacity;
(g) not a person who has had rights to vote revoked by reason of a felony conviction and whose rights to vote have not been restored; and
(h) not a law enforcement officer, if the trial is for a criminal case.
Requesting a deferral may help you if you have a conflict or a hardship on the date you have been asked to appear. You may request a one-time postponement of jury service or a longer deferral, if appropriate. For more information, please visit the iJuror website. For more information using the telephone, contact the Jury Administration Office at 574-235-9506.
A person may claim exemption from jury service only if the person (1) has completed a term of jury service in the twenty-four (24) months preceding the date of the person's summons, or (2) is exempt from jury service pursuant to an exemption expressly provided by statute (such as age or county of residence).
The judge or judge's representative may authorize deferral of jury service for up to one (1) year upon a showing of hardship, extreme inconvenience, or necessity.
Because of the random selection process, some names are selected every year or so, and some never are. For more information, contact the Jury Administration Office at 574-235-9506.
Administrative Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8am - 12pm, 1:00pm - 4:30pm. The office is located at St. Patrick’s County Park50651 Laurel RoadSouth Bend, IN 46637.
St. Joseph County Zoning Classification map or Regional GIS Map
Contact Planning and Zoning Staff or call 574-235-7800
Zoning ordinances list the permitted uses for each zoning district. In addition to the primary uses listed, each zoning district also has a list of uses permitted with a special use permit. All of our Zoning ordinances are available online.
Contact our Staff or call 574-235-7800 for more information
Rezonings, development standard variances, special exceptions/special uses all require a public hearing in front of a decision-making body, such as the Area Plan Commission and the Area Board of Zoning Appeals. Property owners adjoining or near the subject property receive notice of that public hearing so that they can have their voice(s) heard in favor of or opposition to the issue at hand. The meeting agenda with application and staff report are available ten calendar days before the public hearing.
If you have any questions, you are encouraged to contact us prior to the hearing by emailing or calling us at 574-235-7800
If you have comments in favor or opposition to this matter you are encouraged to make them in writing via mail (227 W. Jefferson Blvd, County City Bldg., 11th Fl., South Bend, IN 46601) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org), and to attend the public hearing itself.
The Area Plan Commission has a policy of placing “Zoning Hearing” signs at properties scheduled for a rezoning public hearing ten calendar days before hand. The meeting agenda with application and staff report are also available ten calendar days before the public hearing.
If you have any questions on that matter you are encouraged to contact us prior to the hearing (email@example.com or 574-235-7800).
Do I need a building permit to install a fence?
Building permits are required for fence installation in unincorporated St. Joseph County. All fences must meet the location and height development standards in the zoning ordinance.
Where can fences be located and what is the setback?
Fences can be placed right at the property line. In other words, there is no setback for fences. Please note that the front property line is usually never at pavement, but rather at the edge of the County owned right-of-way which extends beyond the street surface (see "How can I determine where my property lines are located?" below).
What is the maximum height for a fence?
The maximum height of a fence depends on the type of fence and its location on the lot. There are additional regulations for corner lots.
For fences where greater than 70% of the fence is open, such as a chain-link fence, the maximum permitted height is 8’- however, if the fence is placed along the front property line or along the side property line within the front building setback (typically 35’ from the front property line for residential lots), the fence shall not exceed 4’ in height.
For fences where less than or equal to 70% of the fence is open, such as solid privacy fences, the maximum permitted height is 6’-however, if the fence is placed along the front property line or along the side property line within the front setback (typically 35’ from the front property line for residential lots), the fence shall not exceed 3’ in height.
Corner Lots. On a corner lot containing greater than 9,000 square feet, both property lines along the street are considered front property lines when it comes to determining maximum fence height. For corner lots less than or equal to 9,000 square feet, one front property line, as determined by the Zoning Administrator, may be considered a side property line and therefore allow for a taller fence. For all corners lots, fences along the two property lines abutting the streets cannot exceed 3’ when they come within 10’ of the right-of-way of the perpendicular street. This area is known as the clear sight triangle, and nothing taller than 3’ may be erect there to protect driver visibility at intersections.
Does it matter which way a fence panel faces (i.e. can the posts/"ugly side" face outward)?
There are no development standards in St. Joseph County regulating which way a fence panel faces.
How can I determine where my property lines are located?
The only way to determine the precise location of a property line is to hire a land surveyor.
Aerials provided by Planning & Zoning staff or online GIS sources can only provide the approximate location of property lines, and may be several feet off.
Can I place a fence in an easement? How do I know if there is an easement on my property?
Easements, such as those reserved for drainage or utilities, are to remain free of structures, including fences. To determine if there is an easement on your lot, first contact the Division of Planning and Zoning. If the parcel was part of a subdivision recorded after 1964, Planning staff will be able to provide you with a subdivision plat which includes all easements in existence at the time of recording. If the parcel was not part of a subdivision, or was part of an earlier subdivision, staff will advise you to contact the County Recorder’s Office to determine whether any easements are present.
The lot lines on our web site are for taxing purposes only. You will need to hire a land surveyor to locate actual lot lines.
Residential Health Care is a level of services available for people who are capable of taking care of themselves, but who need assistance with medications and the support of a regular meal schedule.
Learn more by contacting San Juana Tijerina @ 574 272 9100 ext 111
To find out more about becoming a resident at Portage Manor, call the Admissions Coordinator, Monday through Friday at 574-272-9100 ext 111. We can schedule a tour for you.
You must fill out our admission packet. The admissions committee will review this packet, the financial records and medical records. If the application is accepted, an overnight visit will be authorized and arranged.
Our private pay rate is $60.00 per day and financial assistance is available for those whose monthly income is less than $1501.06 and whose total assets are less than $1500.00. Indiana’s Assistance to residents in County determines these guidelines. You show proof of income and assets and we help you apply for assistance.
Washers and dryers are provided for those of you who do your own laundry. You may choose what you want to do each day. We have a wide variety of activities scheduled because we have people with so many different interest and abilities. We encourage everyone to do as much for him or her selves as possible.
Visitors are encouraged and welcomed from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. After a two-week orientation, residents may come and go as you wish. “Passes” from the nursing staff let us know when to expect you back and what medications you need to take with you.
Residents do not keep cars here, but the city bus (Transpo) comes by every half hour.
Portage Manor offers a variety of health, community, financial and personal care services. Our goal is help our residents grow through the variety of services we offer.
A wide variety of people live here. St. Joseph County residents over age 65 find that Portage Manor is a supportive retirement home. People between 18 and 65 with a physical or mental disability also make their home with us.
Social Security Card
Insurance card/ Medicaid card
TPQY/Award Letter/ income verification from Social Security Administration
Recent Psychiatric Comprehensive Evaluation
Most recent Progress Notes
History and Physical from Primary Care Provider
If your child is arrested the police will bring them to the Juvenile Rapid Evaluation Center (JREC) to see if they qualify for detention or not.
Once at the JREC an intake officer will assess your child based on the alleged offense, the child’s legal history, any aggravating factors, and any mitigating factors. A determination will be made if the juvenile should be detained, placed on an alternative to detention (ATD), or just released to a parent or guardian.
If the juvenile qualifies for detention, the juvenile will be taken into the detention center and processed. During the detention intake process, a detention officer will try to call you and inform you of your child’s whereabouts. Then you will be allowed to have a short phone call with your child. A probation officer will be assigned to your child’s case at the next business day, and will contact you as soon as they are able. You can call the main probation number, (574) 235-5400, during business hours 9 am to 5 pm, if you have immediate questions.
If your child is assessed and qualifies for an Alternative to Detention (ATD), an officer from JREC will try to contact you and inform you of your child’s location and the next steps. Juveniles that qualify for an ATD are released to their parent or guardian and the juvenile is placed on an alternative to detention which consists of some type of special release conditions that stay in place until the child comes before the court. These release conditions could consist of things like trust house arrest, no contact with victims, bans on visiting particular places, etc. A violation of these release conditions may result in the juvenile being placed in detention. Both the juvenile and parent or guardian will sign an Order to Appear Form. This form assigns the juvenile and parent a court date within 48 hours, excluding weekends and holidays. Failure to appear for this hearing may result in body attachments (warrants) being issued for the juvenile and parent or guardian.
If your juvenile is assessed and qualifies to be released, an officer from the JREC will try to contact you and inform you of your child’s location and the next steps. Juveniles that qualify for release are not placed on special release conditions, however, the juvenile and parent or guardian will need to sign a Promise to Appear. The Promise to Appear form is the agreement that the juvenile and parent or guardian will appear if ever summons by the court for this offense.
If you are called to the JREC to pick up your child, be sure to bring some type of photo identification.
The juvenile probation department is open:
To pay probation fees, you must come down to the front desk in the Probation Department at the Juvenile Justice Center. You must provide cash or a money order.
The Juvenile Justice Center is always in need of volunteers to mentor a child, assist in tutoring detainees in detention, or to provide the appropriate religious services to detainees while in detention. In addition, a limited number of practicum experiences for students is also provided in the Mental Health and Probation Departments. Please contact Ms. Jennifer Coffman, Director of Human Resources, if you are interested in volunteering or wanting to be considered for practicum experience. Ms. Coffman can be reached at (574) 235-5338.
Please see the Indiana Odyssey online court management system website at My Case
No, they do not. Road funding comes from gas tax, which you pay every time you fill up at the pump. However, a portion of your property taxes does help fund bridge projects.
A traffic ordinance, approved by the Board of Commissioners, is required for all Regulatory signs (Stop and Speed Limits). Public Works may approve and arrange the installation of all other types of signs (Street ID, Warning, Informational, etc.)
Any work completed within the Right-of-Way requires a permit. This includes driveway construction for a new home and any work performed on an existing driveway. For more information visit the online driveway permit application.
Utility permits cover any construction work performed in the Right-of-Way, that isn’t for driveway construction. This may include utility work, ditching, installing yard drains, signs, etc. For more information call 574-235-7800.
If you reside in unincorporated St. Joseph County (5-digit address), a permit is required to install a fence ($50.00 fee). Fences must be installed outside the Right-of-Way, on private property. To properly determine the location of the Right-of-Way and/or your property lines, we recommend you hire a Licensed Surveyor.
Any new construction or renovation to an existing residence must get a permit from the Building Department. Additional permits may be required including, but not limited to: Septic permit from the Health Department and Driveway permit from Public Works. For more information visit our permits and forms center
"Chip and Seal" is a necessary and cost effective preventative maintenance tool, that protects the roads from confined water and freeze/thaw cycles. Annually, our Highway Division chip and seals various roads. Similar to the Paving Program, Public Works makes recommendations to the Board of Commissioners to select these roads annually. For more information visit our Chip and Seal Program page.
St. Joseph County Department of Public Works Design & Construction Standards
St. Joseph County hires an independent contractor to pickup leaves one time in the Spring and three times in the Fall. This is done to help reduce the amount of leaves residents burn or send to the landfills. For further information: Leaf Collection Information Program
Please contact the City of South Bend or City of Mishawaka for information regarding connection to sewer and/or water. The St. Joseph County Regional Water and Sewer District does serve a few areas in the County with sewer.
The City of South Bend and the City of Mishawaka continue to provide this program for city residents. Contact the City of South Bend or the City of Mishawaka for more information. Unfortunately county residents are not eligible for this program.
To purchase or view County Maps contact our GIS Staff or use the Online Data Request form.
No, any permanent structure or object may not be placed within or overhanging the Right-of-Way.
The Board of Commissioners will consider and approve all special event requests. Insurance is required. For more information and to submit a request, please call 574-235-7800.
No, roadside swales are necessary to maintain the transportation of water from the roadway to established drainage channels. In some cases, it is possible for residents to install a pipe to lessen the slope of a ditch. Public Works must approve the pipe installation. Residents must follow Public Works guidelines, and obtain a utility permit prior to performing the work.
Yes, over-sized loads require advance notice, and may require special assistance and/or bonding. For more information contact the Public Works Department: 574-235-7800.
You may contact Public Works at 574-235-7800 and a staff member will be assigned to investigate the problem or you can fill out a Report a Concern.
For potholes on city streets or county roads, you may contact the proper city or county maintenance department. The Highway Division maintains all county roads in unincorporated St. Joseph County and can be reached at 574-235-7800 or by filling out a Report a Concern. State Roads, Interstates and U.S. Highways are maintained by INDOT.
Sprinkler heads shall not be installed within the Right-of-Way. If damage has occurred, it is the responsibility of the owner to repair at their expense. The Right-of-Way varies for each road and can be determined by contacting Public Works at 574-235-7800.
It is the responsibility of the home owner to maintain their driveway, including the culvert. A private contractor may be hired to complete this work. Any work completed within the Right-of-Way requires a permit and can be obtained through the Public Works Department.
You may contact the Highway Division to remove and properly dispose of a dead animal within the Right-of-Way at 574-235-7800, or fill out the report a concern form.
The Highway Division makes every effort to provide the same level of service to all residents. If you believe additional snow plowing is required, you may contact the Highway Division or fill out the
Report a concern form.
The Highway Division is responsible for all mowing along County roads within the Right-of-Way. To request mowing along your road please contact the Highway Division or fill out the Report a concern form.
The Highway Division can remove any tree, which is deemed unsafe to the traveling public, within the Right-of-Way. The Right-of-Way varies for each road and can be determined by contacting Public Works at 574-235-7800. If the tree is outside the Right-of-Way and on private property it is the responsibility of the home owner. To request someone to investigate, you may contact the Highway Division or fill out the Report a Concern form.
A HAWK signal stands for High-intensity Activated crossWalK. The signal is designed to aid pedestrians and bicyclist when crossing a street with high traffic volumes by alerting drivers to stop.
As you approach a roundabout slow down and yield to pedestrians, bicyclist and vehicles. If there is no traffic in the roundabout you don't have to stop. If traffic is present, stop, wait for an opening and then enter. Proceed with care at your exit. If you happen to miss your exit, simply continue around. Please remember the vehicles circulating in the roundabout have the right-of-way.
Complete the Vendor Registration Packet form and the W-9 form.
If there is a current bid request for St. Joseph County, you will find that information on the Procurement Department homepage. If you would like additional information regarding bidding please contact Procurement at 574-235-9776 between the hours of 8am and 4:30pm.
Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Our office is in the Law Building across the street from the County-City Building. We are on the second floor. Our mailing address is: 125 S. Lafayette Blvd., Second Floor, South Bend, IN. 46601.
The office number is: 574-235-9605
Yes, it is called Purdue Extension
If your relationship with the Respondent is not described above, the Court will not grant your petition for a Protection Order.
No. Cell phones, cameras, personal digital assistants (PDAs), electronic books, beepers, and any devices that are capable of audio and/or visual recording are not permitted in the courthouses within St. Joseph County. For a complete list of prohibited items please see page nine of the St. Joseph County Local Rules.
Electronic devices are not permitted in the courthouses. Any pictures, text messages or any other digitally-stored item you wish to present as evidence or introduce into the court's record must be provided in hard copy.
Anyone can go to court without a lawyer. If you represent yourself in court, you will file all documents with the Clerk of the Court. If you would like help understanding how to represent yourself, you can go to the Self-Service Legal Center on the Indiana Courts website. You may also consult Indiana Legal Help for additional information.
Public defenders at no cost are made available to those with limited financial resources in certain types of civil proceedings, including involuntary mental health commitments, terminations of parental rights, and proceedings where a loss of liberty is at stake. In such matters, a party seeking the appointment of a public defender should make a request from the judge to whom the case is assigned. For other civil matters, there are ways that legal representation may be available at little or no cost to people with limited financial resources. To see if you qualify, contact Indiana Legal Services, South Bend (574-234-8121) or the Volunteer Lawyer Network (574-277-0075). Also, the St. Joseph County Bar Association has a lawyer referral service (574-235-9657). Referrals by that service are not necessarily free or discounted. But many members of the bar are often open to discussing reduced fees and/or payment plans for persons of limited financial means. A mediation service, the ADR Mediation Plan, is also available in divorce and family law matters, such as child custody, property division, paternity, parenting time (visitation), and support. Mediation costs are determined on a sliding-fee scale which is based on income. For information, contact the ADR Mediation Plan at 574-235- 9551.
No. Do not bring your children to court, unless the children are involved in the court proceeding itself and are required to be present for the hearing/trial.
Consult your paperwork from the court or your attorney. You can also look for your case information online through the Odyssey Case Management System.
To check on the status of a case, you must know in which court the case has been filed. If the case is a civil case filed in Superior Court, call (574) 235-9648. If the case is a criminal case filed in Superior Court, call (574) 235-5484. If the case is filed in Circuit Court, call (574) 235-9679. You can also check the status of a case through the Odyssey Case Management System.
Let the bailiff in the courtroom know as soon as possible, before your case is called. This way the bailiff can possibly move your case back until your attorney arrives.
Lawyers should wear professional attire. A good rule of thumb for litigants and witnesses is that they should wear clothing that they would wear to a church, wedding, or funeral. Rule LR71-AR00-102.3 of the Local rules governs Appearance and Dress:
102.3. Appearance and Dress. Every person who enters a courthouse in St. Joseph County should be appropriately dressed. Lawyers should appear for court proceedings in professional attire; litigants, witnesses and spectators should appear in appropriate attire. Examples of clothing that is inappropriate and is prohibited from being worn during court proceedings includes, but is not limited to: (1) Hats or caps; (2) Outer garments such as topcoats, overcoats, jackets, or overshoes; (3) Clothing that exposes the midriff; (4) Shorts of any kind; (5) Sleeveless shirts (i.e., “muscle shirts” and “tank tops”); (6) Shower shoes (i.e., rubber “flip-flops” or slides); (7) Suggestive or otherwise inappropriate clothing (i.e., poorly fitting, slovenly, or unclean).
In criminal matters, a translator will be provided. Notify court staff with your request, and a translator may be scheduled for your next court appearance. In civil matters, circumstances will dictate the necessity of such service and whether the court will provide one.
You can pickup child support records or get a payment printout at the Clerk’s Office. The Clerk’s Office is located at 101 South Main Street, South Bend, IN 46601 (lower level) and can be reached by phone at (574) 235-9635.
Court fees can be paid at the St. Joseph County Clerk’s Office. The office is located at 101 South Main Street, South Bend, IN 46601 (lower level). You can contact them by phone at (574) 235-9635.
To review a court file, you can go to the Clerk’s Office where the case was filed. You should know if the case was filed in Circuit, Superior or Probate Court because that will affect where you go or who you contact. If you are unsure where a case was filed, contact the Clerk's Office at (574) 235-9635
You can pick up the court forms that you need at the Clerk’s Office, located at 101 South Main Street, South Bend, IN 46601.
A number of forms can be found online at Indiana Legal Help, and public records can be researched online.
Court proceedings are not automatically transcribed. You will need to file a request for transcript with the court that heard the case. You will also need to provide your contact information so the court reporter reach you for any follow up questions about your request or to discuss cost of the transcript and payment. The cost of a transcript is calculated on a per-page basis.
If you were born in St. Joseph County, you can get a copy of your birth certificate from the department of vital records. The physical address is on the 8th floor of the County City Building located at 227 W. Jefferson Street, South Bend, IN 46601, and they can be reached at (574) 235-9638.
You can have your property surveyed to determine where your corners are supposed to be.
List of private land surveyor's
No, the County Surveyor does not do private surveys.
Prior to 1990, the only surveys that were located in the County Surveyor's office were those that were given to us voluntarily.
Since 1990, it is a state requirement that all surveys be recorded in the County Recorder’s Office.
The cost to survey your property will depend on the private land surveyor that you contact.
No, we can only direct you to contact one of the state licensed land surveyor's.
The office of the Surveyor does not perform any private survey work.
A plat of your property, which shows dimensions of your property, may be obtained in the Recorder's office, located on the 3rd floor of the County-City Building.
If lot corner irons were set, you can find them with a metal detector. If you are going to erect an improvement close to the property line, you would be best advised to call a private land surveyor.
All County addresses are five digits (ex. 12345 Main Street).
Any two, three and four digit addresses will correspond to a City or Town.
You may register to vote by applying at a variety of places:
For more information, or to register online
If you move out of the county, your registration record may not be automatically cancelled.
Please contact our Voter Registration Office to request that your registration be cancelled.
You can call our office at 574-235-9520 or check online
Anytime you move, or change your mailing address, you will need to update your voter registration record.
For more information, please contact our office at 574-235-9521. You can also register online
Simply draw a map on the voter registration application indicating where you live (where you usually spend the night) and list a mailing address within your county that can be use to mail your notification that you are registered.
You can register to vote in Indiana, if you are:
For more information visit your Voter Registration Office
If you are turning 18 before the next general election date, you can register. You can vote in both the primary and general election, even if you are not 18 on the primary election date.
However, you will not be eligible to vote on school board members, political party precinct committeemen or political party state convention delegates elected at the primary election.
For more information
No, unless you are registering to vote for the first time in your county by returning a registration form through the mail. If you register using the mail, you can include a photocopy of:
Whatever document you present must have your name and address printed on the ID.
Certain voters, such as military voters, are exempt from this requirement.
It depends on where you moved.
Please contact the Voter Registration Office at 574-235-9521 to discuss your particular situation.
The voter identification number is your Indiana driver’s license number as issued by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. If you do not have an Indiana driver’s license, then you must provide the last four digits of your social security number.
You can call your county Voter Registration Office to find a vote center near you or visit the Vote Center Map.
Cleaning up groundwater, once it becomes contaminated, is not the answer to protecting our drinking water quality, because cleanup is rarely successful and is always very costly. On average, it is 27 times more costly to clean up contamination than it is to prevent it. Preventing groundwater contamination is the key to maintaining our health and ensuring the County remains a desirable place to live and work.
WHPA's under the Health Department’s WHP Program cover large portions of South Bend, Lakeville, Mishawaka, Walkerton, North Liberty, and New Carlisle as well as unincorporated areas of the County. WHPA's are usually circular or elliptical in shape and may be several miles in length.
If a business is near a public water well or large water tower, there is a good chance it is in a WHPA. Some businesses have been informed by their public water supply company that they are in a WHPA. If you do not know if your business is in a WHPA, contact your local public water system or the Health Department to find out for sure.
Generally, if your business is within a Wellhead Protection Area (WHPA) and you have hazardous materials, petroleum products, or dry wells on your property you may need to obtain a permit. However, there are exclusions, exceptions, and special conditions that may affect whether you need a permit.
If a facility has dry wells or any of the following that contain hazardous materials or petroleum products a permit may be needed: - Above ground storage tanks - Drum storage areas - Improperly abandoned well - Major construction area - Motor vehicle salvage yards - Motor vehicle waste recovery well - Other threats as determined by the Health Department - Outdoor storage area - Rail or truck loading facility - Surface impediment - Underground storage tanks - Waste pile.
Even if a business is not required to obtain a permit, it is still subject to inspections and must report spills of hazardous materials to the Health Department.
The greatest risk of not complying with the Ordinance is that our groundwater supply may become contaminated and threaten the health of our residents. Our communities may no longer be considered healthy and desirable places to live and conduct business. We must ensure this does not occur.
No one would intentionally contaminate the groundwater, but sometimes our lack of knowledge or carelessness can be just as damaging. If contaminants do reach the groundwater, the responsible business would be required to pay for the cleanup. The costs can be very high. Failure to comply with the Ordinance may also subject businesses to enforcement action including fines up to $1,500 per day. Our goal is cooperation and compliance. If businesses, public water supplies, and the Health Department work together, we can maintain the quality of our drinking water supplies with minimal impact on business operations.