Allen County Building Department staff will continue to process permits and complete inspections as normal while its offices and the rest of Citizens Square is closed to the public Nov. 23-Jan. 18, building commissioner John E. Caywood said.

Permitting requirements will not change, and contractors will be required to submit online for all permits.

Homeowner permits, agriculture permits, and log cabin permits will be processed and accepted by mail.

Office staff will be available to answer the phone, but the office expects high call volumes.

License holders can send renewals into the office on or after Jan. 1. The department is extending renewal dates until April 1 for all valid license holders due to the pandemic.

“The best method to contact staff members is directly by using the contact list on our website: https://www.allencounty.us/building-department,” Caywood said in a news release.

Inspector phone numbers listed on the link send messages directly to the inspector’s e-mail, which is checked throughout the workday.

Permit and office staff will use e-mail as correspondence to send and receive drawings, documents, other requirements for permit processing.

Social media platforms will also be more frequently updated to serve permit applicants.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced Nov. 17 that Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St., home to several city departments, will be closed to the public for a month because of current rise in the number of COVID-19 cases. Most government employees will be working from home. Public meetings can be viewed by the public can @AllenCounty and online through City TV at https://afw.viebit.com/index.php.

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