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County Web Page - The official web site of Lake County, Indiana

Lake County Community Economic Development Department - The primary function of the Lake County Revolving Loan Fund is to provide short term construction or (5-year M & E) financing to establish or expand eligible industrial or commercial businesses. The business development must be located within the legal boundaries of Lake County or one of the legal political subdivisions within the County.

Lake County, IN Highway Department - The Highway Department is responsible for all roads, bridges, and small structures (less than 20 foot span) within Lake County which are not state highways and which are not within the corporate limits of a city or town. They are also responsible for bridges which have a span of 20 or more feet on all roads in Lake County which are not state highways.


Lake County, Indiana

Electric & Natural Gas Service - Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) - For rate, connection and repair information.

Water Resource Information - A state suported site with information concerning ground water in Jasper County.


State Web Site - The official web site for the State of Indiana.

Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) – The State’s official DoT web site with links to both state regulations and permits.

Traffic Volume Maps - State provided Traffic Volume Maps.

Retail Health Information - The Department of Health administers all sanitary standards pertaining to handling and processing of foods, ie Food Handlers Certification. Businesses such as bed and breakfasts, food vending operations, restaurants, and grocery stores will need to contact the Division of Retail Foods for state responsibilities and requirements with which the business owner must comply.

Alcohol & Tobacco Commission - The Commission licenses and regulates nearly 10,000 permits for the manufacture, operation or sale of alcoholic beverages and also licenses and regulates the permits of every bartender, waiter, waitress, salesperson and clerk associated with the sale or service of alcoholic beverages in the State of Indiana - almost 100,000 in number.

Small Business Development Center – A state run web site designed to have a positive and measurable impact on the formation, growth, and sustainability of small businesses in Indiana, and to develop a strong entrepreneurial community.

State GIS maps - The IndianaMap is a single statewide map for Indiana. It includes the information people need most in a format that is accessible to both expert GIS users and the general public.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources - Stewards of Indiana’s surface and ground water resources for the benefit of present and future generations. rces for the benefit of present and future generations.

Indiana Chamber of Commerce - The mission of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce is to work proactively on behalf of its members and constituents.

Indiana Real Estate Commission – The state’s official web site for Real Estate license, fees and exam information.

U.S.Cencus Bureau - American FactFinder web site. Why pay for your demographic information twice?

Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) - Their mission is to "To have a positive and measurable impact on the formation, growth, and sustainability of small businesses in Indiana, and to develop a strong entrepreneurial community".

The US Small Business Administration - Indiana District Office - Links, resources and information for starting a business in Indiana, including information about upcoming small business seminars.

Starting a Business in Indiana - A US Government maintined website explaining the basic steps most business owners will need to take when starting or expanding a business in Indiana.

Northwest Indiana SCORE Chapter - The SCORE Association (Service Corps of Retired Executives) "Counselors to America's Small Business" is a nonprofit association comprised of 11,500 and growing volunteer business counselors throughout the U.S. and its territories.


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* Lake County, IN is comprised of 12 townships and 7 Cities all of which are responsible for
creating, maintaining and enforcing their own planning, zoning and building codes & regulations.

Please refer to their respective web sites for more information.
(Villages and Hamlets are contained within each)

The Incorporated Cites & Villages of Lake County, Indiana

The City of Crown Point
(City Code)

The City of East Chicago
(City Code)

The City of Gary
(Comprehensive Plan)

The City of Hammond
(City Code)

The City of Hobart
(City Code)

The City of Lake Station
(Code in print form only)

The City of Whiting
(Code in print form only)

The Town of Cedar Lake
(Town Code)

The Town of Dyer
(Town Code)

The Town of Griffith
(Town Code)

The Town of Schererville
(Town Code)

The Town of Schneider
(Code in print form only)

The Town of St. John
(Town Code)

The Town of Winfield
(Code in print form only)

The Town of Highland
(Town Code)

The Town of Lowell
(Code in print form only)

The Town of Merrillville
(Town Code)

The Town of Munster
(Town Code)

The Town of New Chicago
(Code in print form only)

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