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Although City Hall is currently closed to the public, the Building Department is otherwise operating normally. Inspections will be handled in the usual manner by calling 219-462-1161 and leaving inspection request voicemail. Permit applications can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with plans and required documents attached or mailed to Valparaiso Building Department at 166 Lincolnway. Permit pick up will be by appointment with city’s Clerk-Treasurer’s office. The lerk-Treasurer’s office will be accepting appointments between the hours of 8:30 and noon only, Monday through Friday. Please call 219-462-1161 to schedule. Permits and inspections are still required.
The Building Department is doing everything we can to minimize the impact to construction activities.
Generally, fencing may abut your side and rear property lines and must not exceed six feet in height. When erecting a fence in your front yard, the fence shall be a minimum of six inches away from a public sidewalk, no higher than four feet, and be ornamental open picket style. If you are on a corner lot, you are considered to have two front yards. Full list of fence regulations can be found here.
A permit is required before any fence may be installed. Submit your permit application and site plan showing the fence location to the Building Department prior to starting your project.
The Building Department has adopted the following building codes:
Please view Chapter 154 of the Valparaiso City Code to find the Property Maintenance Code. The city’s has adopted the 2006 International Property Maintenance Code by reference with some local amendments.
Noise from construction sites is limited to the hours between 7 am and 7 pm.
Current Valparaiso street and zoning maps are available for purchase at the clerk treasurer’s window in City Hall, 166 Lincolnway (the old post office building in downtown Valparaiso). Small wall maps are $2, paper booklets are $2, and 11-inch-by-17-inch Xerox copies are $1. You may also download the Valparaiso City street map and Valparaiso Zoning Map.
The AccuMed Group provides billing services for the fire department ambulance. Please call 888.330.5405 if you have any questions or would like to pay your bill.
The city of Valparaiso observes only 6 holidays throughout the year: New Years Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. For more information, click here.
If a tree in the right of way appears to be dead or in poor health, please contact Public Works at 462-4612 and request an inspection. Any necessary pruning or removal will be performed by Public Works. For more information, click here.
Public Works has conducted inspections on all city sidewalks and necessary repairs/replacement are prioritized according to severity. Homeowners may inquire if their sidewalk is included in scheduled work. If not, an inspection may be requested as conditions may have declined. Homeowners may replace the sidewalk at their own expense if replacement is not scheduled by Public Works. If you would like to replace your sidewalk at your own expense, please contact Public Works first.
Please contact our office at (219)462-4612.
Any resident wishing to place a Dumpster in a city street, alley or right of way, must file a Dumpster Permit with Public Works. There is no cost. The permit should be completed 48 hours in advance of placement and will require approval by the director. Your waste hauler must have proof of insurance and the Dumpster must be marked with reflective tape or barricades. Find the Dumpster Permit, here.
Recycling is a great way to reduce your trash output, however, we know there are times when an extra pick up is necessary for larger items. Contact Public Works, (219) 462-4612 if you do put anything outside of your container. All items should only be placed out for collection on your trash day.
NIPSCO maintains the dusk to dawn lights in the city. You can contact them at 1-800-464-7726 or visit their website here.
Yes. City Ordinance states that after any accumulation of 2 inches or more residents are required to remove their vehicle from the roadway until snow has been cleared.
Please call (219) 462-4612 and our crews will remove it off the street. The crews will not come onto residential property for pickup. If you find dead wildlife in your yard, notify the Porter County Health Department at 465-3525 for instructions on safe removal.
Grass should never be placed in your city trash or recycle containers. For more information, click here.
Trash and recycling may be picked up at anytime on your collection day. Please have all items out by 7:00 am for pick up to ensure pickup.
In spring, Public Works will repair the damage to the lawn, filling low spots with raked topsoil and spreading grass seed. Contact Public Works at (219) 462-4612.
Several times during the year the Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County has collection events. For more information, click here.
Trash & Recycling are broken down into 4 different days/sections.For more information, click here.
Yes, extra trash in excess of one (1) cubic yard will be charged $15 per cubic yard. Extra Trash fees will be a separate line item on your utility bill. For any extra trash/large pickup, please contact Public Works at (219) 462-4612 or visit our website, here.
The V-Line is a deviated-fixed route. This means that our buses have set routes around town; however, they may 'deviate' or leave the route to drop off or pick up passengers. There are a few restrictions to the deviations. They cannot go further than 3/4 mile from the route, there can only be one deviation per hour, and deviations must be scheduled 24 hours in advance.
Single rides on the DASH are $8.00. 10-Ride passes are available for $70. Monthly (calendar months) are available for $230.
The ChicaGo DASH's Valparaiso station is located at 260 Brown Street. The DASH has three stops in downtown Chicago. There are stops at the following locations: intersection of Michigan/Randolph, intersection of LaSalle/Wacker, and 555 S. Franklin Street.
There is ample overflow parking available within walking distance to the DASH pick-up in Valpo at 260 Brown street. Riders can park in the lower west lot for overflow or overnight parking.Please do not park on the end cap of the parking aisle. You may be towed or ticketed. There is also a parking garage located three blocks away at the Porter County Admin Building (155 Indiana Ave)
The ChicaGo DASH and V-Line are both public transportation services provided by the City of Valparaiso. The City hires a contractor through a competitive bid process to operate the two services. Currently, Royal Excursion operates both the DASH and the V-Line. The contractor hires all drivers, performs maintenance on the vehicles, and oversees the day-to-day operation of the buses while the City handles all grant funding, marketing, and administrative duties.
No. The V-Line only stops to pick up or drop off passengers at designated V-Line bus stops.
Transfers are a way for riders to get from one area of town to another. For example, if you are picking up the Yellow Route on the west side of town, but would like to go to the Target on the east side of town, you could transfer from the Yellow Route onto the Green Route since the Yellow does not go to Target but the Green does. On your way back, you could then transfer from the Green to the Yellow. There are two transfer locations: The Heart Center on Roosevelt and at the corner of Indiana and Michigan.
Currently, V-Line monthly passes are only available at Valparaiso City Hall. Open M-F 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. Each monthly pass is good for unlimited rides for one individual for the entire calendar month. Reduced fare passes are available for individuals with a disability. To be eligible for a reduced fare, riders must complete the reduced fare application which requires a signature by your doctor and submit it to the City of Valparaiso.
No. The Transit Connect only stops to pick up or drop off passengers at 260 Brown street Parking lot or the Dune park South Shore Train Station at boarding locations only.
No! This is an express bus service with no route stops. Deviations are not scheduled or permitted for this service.
Yes! your V-Line or Dash monthly pass will be valid for your fare on the Transit Connect buses. All part of the Valpotransit.com community.
Active passes will be displayed under “passes in use,” which immediately appears when the Token Transit app is opened.
Single ride passes will expire 90 minutes from the time of activation.
Yes, you can view a log of your past actions by going to your Account Settings and selecting “History.” There will be a new entry every time you use a pass.
Yes, but in order to do so, you will need to make sure that you include your email address when you register your account. Receipts will be sent to the email address associated with your account.
You are responsible for keeping your phone charged while using your pass. Refunds will not be issued if your phone’s battery dies while your pass is active.
Your passes and payment information are linked to the account associated with your phone number. They are not linked to your physical phone. Logging in with your phone number on a new device will restore your previous pass and payment information.
Yes! Anyone is eligible to schedule a deviation. You must complete the application prior to scheduling any deviations. Locations of the deviations must be 3/4 mile or less from a scheduled route and there can only be one deviation per hour. Deviation scheduling is on a first-come-first-serve basis. For the deviation application, CLICK HERE.
All personal and credit card information is securely stored, using encrypted Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliant servers.
The only form of payment accepted by Token Transit is credit, debit or a prepaid debit card.
Yes, you can purchase more than one pass, but you will need to activate each individual ride using the Token Transit app.
Passes are not transferable or replaceable. All sales are final. However, if you experience technical issues, please contact Token Transit at email@example.com.
An internet connection is required in order to purchase your pass. An internet connection is also required to use your pass for the first time, and to refresh once each day if your pass is active for multiple days (e.g. monthly pass).
Should you experience any technical issues with the app, please contact Token Transit, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by using the “help” section of the app, under account settings which will have Token Transit email and phone number. Transportation staff can assist you with other questions at 219-476-9393.