Plan Commission

The Plan Commission holds public hearings relating to petitions for rezoning, subdivision plats, development plans, and amendments to local zoning ordinances.

As defined by law, in matters of rezoning and amendment petitions, the Plan Commission acts in an advisory capacity by making a recommendation and forwarding the petition to the County Board of Commissioners, as the legislative body of the county, for final action. In matters regarding subdivision plat approval, the Plan Commission action is final, and is not forwarded to the Board of Commissioners.

There are filing deadlines for petitions to the Plan Commission that must be met before a public hearing will be scheduled. Please call the Plan Commission office for additional information.


               New Online Portal

                                 Porter County Building Department


       All Contractors will need to register for 2023 in the new Portal


                   Create an account at


   When your account is set up, the user-friendly dashboard will allow you to:

  • Register/Renew Contractor Registration
  • Apply for Building Permits
  • Track Permit through the Review process
  • Pay Online
  • GIS Mapping
  • Ability to upload documents and attachments for workflow projects
  • Permit history reports including all data from your organization
  • Tracks daily To-Do list and the Permitting process

Click here for contractor registration portal instructions.

     Any questions, please contact the Building Department



The Porter County Board of Commissioners are submitting a grant application for the DNR’s Next Level Trails Program for the construction of Phases 3 and 4 of the Marquette Greenway Trail.  This trail is intended to replace the Calumet Trail from Dune Park Train Station to Lake Shore County Road in Beverly Shores.  The 10-foot asphalt trail will be constructed on property owned by the Indiana Dunes National Park and will be upgrading existing footpaths and utilizing former roads through the Park. The general route from the Dune Park Train Station will be to utilize the an existing trail that connects the station to the Dunes Kankakee Trail, running adjacent to SR 49 over NICTD’s rail lines and US12.  The trail will then head east into NPS property, improving the Glenwood Dunes Extension Trail to Hadenfeldt Road, then north along Hadenfeldt Road to Furnessville Road, and east along Furnessville Road to the abandoned Teale Drive.  At Teale Drive, the trail will head north to US12, then running parallel to US 12 from Teale Drive to the USGS Center at Kemil Road.  It is proposed to improve the pedestrian crossing at US12 and construct a crossing at the South Shore Railroad.  Thence east along the NIPSCO Right of Way, and the existing Calumet Trail for approximately 700 feet to an existing abandoned roadway.  At this roadway, the trail will head north to the former Service Drive right of way, heading east to Broadway in Beverly Shores.  From Broadway to Lake Shore County Road, the trail will be constructed on abandoned roadways.  Porter County is working with the National Park Service Staff to meet Environmental Compliance requirements for the final alignment of the trail.

This 6.89-mile segment of the greater Marquette Greenway Trail, Phases 3 and 4, along with the scheduled reconstruction of the Calumet Trail from Mineral Springs Road to Dune Park Train Station in 2022-2023 and the Calumet Trail from Lake Shore County Road to Michigan City’s Signing Sands Trail will complete Porter County’s connection of the Marquette Greenway Trail.

Project area: Phases 3 and 4 of the Marquette Greenway Trail