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Building permits available online

There’s a house off Covington Road that’s planning a $183,000 addition. A more modest $3,000 add-on is planned for a home in an older neighborhood off East State Boulevard. About a mile away someone’s putting in a pool.

Then there’s the $22,159,000 remodeling job that tops them all. Wait … that’s Snider High School.

Whether it’s a new house, new roof, expensive home repairs or a full-blown high school rehab, contractors need a building permit.

Those permits are now posted on The Journal Gazette’s website at Information includes address, applicant’s name, type of construction, whether it’s residential or commercial, value and date.

“The Journal Gazette has a long commitment to publishing public records of interest to our readers. For many years, that has included building permits,” said Sherry Skufca, managing editor. “But for space reasons, we have had to limit those we publish in our Sunday Home and Garden section to projects of $30,000 or above. At, you can find all building permits issued since February 2013, updated weekly, and you can search on them by township or zip code.”

The website also contains a host of other data, including Fort Wayne police reports, government employee salaries, school standardized test results, census figures and a map with updated information on each of Allen County’s 2013 homicides.

“We know that many of the records we gather or compile as part of the reporting process are of interest to our readers, especially when we can present them in a searchable format,” Skufca said. “At, you can access years of public salaries or standardized test results so readers can look for trends or search for particular information of interest to them.”