Child Care Permit Requirements

Child Care Permit Requirements

This list is a resource to support providers seeking information required for compliance with HEA 1073. HEA 1073 requires all licensed child care centers, licensed child care homes, and legally licensed exempt home providers that are eligible to participate in the CCDF program to provide documentation that their program is legally allowed to operate as a business in the county, city, or town in which the program is located.

In order to meet this requirement, the Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning is asking that, at initial application, or at the time the program’s license is to be renewed, either: 1) a business permit or business license be provided to the OECOSL to provide proof that the program has a valid business permit or business license; or 2) a signed statement from the county, city, or town stating that a business permit or business license is not required for their program to operate be submitted. This list is to be used as a resource for early childhood programs, however, Child Care Answers is serving as a resource as well. Central Indiana programs are encouraged to contact Child Care Answers for additional resource information.

  • Bartholomew County
  • Brown County
  • Hamilton County
  • Hendricks County
  • Johnson County
  • Marion County

Bartholomew County

We are in the process of working with several officials in Bartholomew County to determine requirements. Check back soon for more details, or contact your local town for more details.

  • Clifford
    Under review
  • Columbus
    Under review
    812.376.2643
  • Grammer
    Under review
  • Edinburgh
    Does NOT require a business permit or license but must comply with the Town of Edinburgh's zoning requirements. See letter.
    812.526.3513 x5
    nvalenzuela@edinburgh.in.us
  • Hope
    Under review
    812.546.6403
    buildingandzoning@townofhope.com
  • Taylorsville
    Under review

Brown County

Most towns in Brown County do not require a business permit or license or special exception through the Board of Zoning Appeals. However, the Town of Nashville does require additional zoning actions.

  • Nashville
    Does NOT require a license to operate a child care but DOES require providers to obtain a special exception through the Board of Zoning Appeals.
    812.988.5490
    bradenc@browncounty-in.us
  • Morgantown
    Does NOT require a business permit or license.
    812.988.5490

Hamilton County

Most cities and towns in Hamilton County do not require a business permit or license. However, some do. See below for specifics for your city or town, or contact the Hamilton County Planning Department at 317.776.8490 or planning.dept@hamiltoncounty.in.gov.

  • Arcadia
    Does NOT require a business permit or license.
    317.695.1892
    tracey.million@arcadia.in.gov
  • Atlanta
    Under review
    765.292.2626
  • Carmel
    Does NOT require a business permit or license.
    317.571.2417
    vmusunuri@carmel.in.gov
  • Cicero
    Under review
    317.984.5845
    ctaylor@townofcicero.in.gov
  • Fishers
    Does NOT require a business permit or license.
    317.595.3422
    stottsk@fishers.in.us
  • Noblesville
    Non-residential settings must have a certificate of occupancy on file. Residential settings (homes) are required to complete the home occupation permit each year. Cost is $40. See Home Occupation Application.
    317.773.4614
    administrator@noblesville.in.us
  • Sheridan
    Under review
    317.758.5293
  • Westfield
    Under review
    317.804.3170
    economicdevelopment@westfield.in.gov

Hendricks County

Most cities and towns in Hendricks County do not require a business permit or license. See letter. However, some do. See below for specifics for your city or town.

  • Avon
    Does NOT require a business permit or license.
    317.272.0948
    jdickey@avongov.org
  • Brownsburg
    Does NOT require a business permit or license. Child care centers are only allowed in specific zoning districts as a permitted use or special exception. See the Brownsburg Unified Development Ordinance. Child care homes are allowed in any residential district in full compliance with Indiana Code. See letter.
    317.852.1120
    townmanager@brownsburg.org
  • Clayton
    Under review
    317.539.2333
    slattery@ameritech.net
  • Danville
    Under review
    317.745.4180 x1101
    lparker@danvilleindiana.org
  • Lizton
    Under review
    317.994.5500
    ltownhall@gmail.com
  • North Salem
    Does NOT require a business permit or license.
    765.676.6210
    info@north-salem.com
  • Pittsboro
    Does NOT require a business permit or license.
    317.892.7661
    sdmaple@live.com
  • Plainfield
    Does NOT require a business permit or license. See letter.
    317.852.2245

Johnson County

In Johnson County, unincorporated areas do NOT require a business license or permit. However, those in residential and agricultural zoning districts must comply with the County Zoning Ordinance.  All child care providers in these districts who serve more than five children must obtain a Special Exception at a public heading by the County Board of Zoning Appeals. See letter for specifics. Contact Johnson County at 317.346.4350 for additional questions.

  • Bargersville
    Does NOT require a business permit or license.
    317.422.3103
    planning@townofbargersville.org
  • Edinburgh
    Does NOT require a business permit or license.
    317.526.3513 x5
    nvalenzuela@edinburgh.in.us
  • Franklin
    Does NOT require a business permit or license.
    317.736.3631
    mrichards@franklin.in.gov
  • Greenwood
    Does NOT require a business permit or license.
    317.881-8698
    peeplesb@greenwood.in.gov 
  • New Whiteland
    Under review
    317.335.6141
    cyates@newwhiteland.in.gov
  • Ninevah
    Does NOT require a business permit or license. Ninevah is not incorporated.
  • Trafalgar
    Under review
    317-878-5194
    clerktreasurer@townoftrafalgar.org

Marion County

Indianapolis does not require a business permit or license. However, many of Marion County's other incorporated cities and towns do. See below for specifics for your city or town.

  • Beech Grove
    Requires a vendor permit. Cost is $50. See City of Beech Grove License Application.
    317.788.4977
    buildingcommissioner@beechgrove.com
  • Indianapolis
    Does NOT require a general business license. For certain businesses outlined in Title IV of the Revised Code of the Consolidated City and County, the Department of Business and Neighborhood Services does provide licensure services. All providers must follow all zoning standards outlined in Chapter 740 of the Revised Code. See Notification Letter
    317.327.4316
    licensing@indy.gov
  • Lawrence
    Requires a child care permit. Annual cost is $20. See Child Care Facility Application.
    317.545.5566
  • Southport
    Under review
    317.786.3585
  • Speedway
    Child care providers require a business license. See Business License Application.
    317.246.4112
    sadams@speedway.in.gov