Permitting Process

The road to receiving your certificate of occupancy. We can guide you through Evansville and Vanderburgh County Procedures, Applications, and Forms to start a business. Get started below!

Zoning / Land Use / Construction

Before purchasing a building in Evansville/Vanderburgh County for your business, be sure to check how the property is zoned by utilizing the Area Plan Commission’s Zoning Map.

Visit the Area Plan website for addition information regarding zoning or rezoning a property in Evansville/Vanderburgh County.

Zoning Map

Building or Remodeling your Evansville Business

No building or other structure shall be erected, moved, relocated, added to, or structurally altered; nor shall any building, structure or land be established or changed in use; nor any building be changed in use per Building Code, without first obtaining an Improvement Location Permit from the Area Plan Commission. Plans are to be submitted for review by the Site Review Committee.

  • The Site Review Committee meetings are held every Monday morning and cover the review of newly submitted Commercial Building/Site Development Plans, Multi-Family Residential, changes in Commercial Use, and Minor Subdivisions.

Questions about your Improvement Location Permit application? No worries. Don’t let the lengthy application intimidate you.  The Area Plan Commission and Site Review Committee members want your business to succeed and are happy to assist.

Area Plan



Start a Business Guide

Let’s Launch your business! We’re happy to guide you through the process of starting a planning and launching a business and connect you to helpful resources within the community along the way.

View our Startup Guide

Local Resources

Small businesses in Evansville have the convenient opportunity to collaborate with an extensive network of top business resources all under one roof. Learn more about resources located at Innovation Pointe.

Business Resources