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How do I apply for a business license?

You can apply for a business license through the Indiana State website.

How do I apply for job opportunities?

Please see the Job Openings section in the menu. If there are no postings, please check back at a later date. If there is an opening you wish to apply for, follow the instructions within the posting.

How do I apply for a marriage license?

A marriage license application can be filled out online here in the Clerk's office and costs $18 for Indiana residents or $60 for out of state residents.  You will need a driver's license or some form of identification.  A marriage license is valid for 60 days from the time it is received.  After 60 days, the license expires and will need to be reissued.

How do I apply for a building permit?

Building permit applications can be found in the Code Enforcement office.

How do I apply for a passport?

You can apply for a passport with the United States Postal Service.

Where do I apply for mortgage and homestead exemptions?

A homeowner or an individual must meet certain qualifications found in the Indiana Code. The form with the qualifications can be found here in the Auditor's Department page; both can be filed in the Auditor's office.

How do I apply for a property tax deduction for homeowners?

A homeowner or an individual meeting certain qualifications found in the Indiana Code can apply for deductions.  Forms can be found in the 'Deductions & Other Forms' tab on the Auditor's department page.

How do I apply for a 65 or older deduction?

 There is a deduction for homeowners who are over 65, and meet the qualifications found in the Indiana Code.  The form can be found in the 'Deductions & Other Forms' tab on the Auditor's department page.

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How do I contact an office or department?

You can browse the department directory, select the contact us section in the menu above, or open our phone directory here.

How do I contact Adult Protective Services?

Adult Protective Services investigates allegations of abuse, neglect, self-neglect and exploitation involving people 18 years old and older if they are suffering from neurodevelopmental disorder, mental illness, dementia, stroke or anything that involves a person not being capable of caring for themselves. Adult Protective Services currently provides services to the following counties - Bartholomew, Brown, Jennings, Decatur and Jackson. If you would like to report a case of abuse or neglect to Adult Protective Services, please contact their office at 812-379-1670, option 5 or by e-mail through department contact page and someone will contact you as soon as possible.

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How do I find when my court date is?

You can find pending cases here:

 

How do I find local ordinances?

All of Bartholomew County's ordinances are available online at the American Legal Publishing Corporation's website.

How do I find out about sponsored clinics?

You can contact the Public Nursing division of the Bartholomew County Health Department for a list of all regularly scheduled clinics.

How do I find information about the Geographic Information System (GIS)?

Resource materials on using the Elevate system can be found on the Elevate website.  You can get access directly to Elevate from here.

How do I find out what a subpoena is?

A subpoena is a court order that tells you to appear in court to testify at a specified date and time.  If you fail to obey a subpoena, a warrant may be issued for your arrest or you may be charged with contempt of court.  If you are subpoenaed by the Prosecutor’s Office and the defense attorney wants to meet with you, then it is acceptable to speak with the defense attorney.  However, you are under no legal obligation to do so.  Please contact the Victim/Witness Coordinator in the Prosecutor’s Office.  You may have a prosecutor with you at the time you speak with the defense attorney, or you may contact a private attorney at your expense to attend with you.

How do I find out if Indiana has a Voter ID Policy?

Yes, Indiana does require you to show your ID before being able to vote.  Information can be located on the State's website here.

How do I find out if a Civil Paper has been served?

The Sheriff's office front desk personnel can be reached at 812-379-1650.

How do I find information for Adult Protective Services?

Adult Protective Services investigates allegations of abuse, neglect, self-neglect and exploitation involving people 18 years old and older if they are suffering from neurodevelopmental disorder, mental illness, dementia, stroke or anything that involves a person not being capable of caring for themselves. Adult Protective Services currently provides services to the following counties - Bartholomew, Brown, Jennings, Decatur and Jackson. If you would like to report a case of abuse or neglect to Adult Protective Services, please contact their office at 812-379-1670, option 5 or by e-mail through department contact page and someone will contact you as soon as possible.

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How do I pay child support?

Child support can be paid to the Clerk's Office.  Please visit their page for detailed information on this process.

How do I pay property taxes?

Please visit the Treasurer's Office page for detailed information on property tax payments.

How do I pay a traffic ticket?

Traffic tickets can be paid at the Clerk's Office, or online at the DoxPop payment site.  The Clerk's Office will only accept cash for tickets not exceeding $755.00.

How do I pay my court fees?

All court fees are paid at the Clerk's Office in the Bartholomew County Courthouse.

How do I pay for a birth or death certificate?

Birth and Death certificates can be ordered through the Vital Chek services website or can be purchased in the Bartholomew County Health Department.

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How do I use county recycling?

Please visit the Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management page for all the information on how to use and accepted recyling materials.

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How do I register for the citizen alert emergency notification system?

Citizen Alert is a program through the Everbridge System, and you can sign up for alerts directly from the Columbus/Bartholomew County Alert System here.

How do I register a small claim suit?

The small claim starts in the Superior Court II located on the third floor of the courthouse.  You will need a good address for the person(s) you are suing so that they can be notified of the claim.

How do I register to vote?

There are three ways you can register to vote.  First, you can come into the Voter Registration office located on the first floor of the courthouse, directly across from the security station.  Second, you may register online at the Indiana Voter's Website.  Third, you can download a Voter Registration Application (VRG-7) and mail it to: 234 Washington Street • P.O. Box 924 • Columbus, IN 47201.

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How do I report criminal activity?

You can report criminal activity to the Sheriff's department via the tip line at 812-379-1712 or by using the Contact Us section and selecting the Sheriff's department as the recipient.

How do I report road safety hazards?

If the road is within city limits, please contact the City Street Department. If the road is outside city limits, report hazards to our County Highway department via phone or the Contact Us, and selecting Highway as the recipient. If the hazard is something that is blocking the road and presenting a danger to other drivers, please call the non-emergency dispatch number, 812-379-1689.

How do I report when I have removed any buildings on my property?

Contact the Assessor's office and notify them so they may update the property record for assessed values.

How do I report if I put up a new building without a permit?

Contact the Assessor's office and notify them so they may update the property record for assessed values.

How do I report a drainage problem?

The County Engineer is responsible for the overall drainage review for new subdivisions and can be reached at 812-379-1660.  The County Surveyor, through the Drainage Board, is responsible for regulated drains that are within Bartholomew County.  The County Surveyor and Drainage Board can be reached at 812-379-1525.

How do I report a case of abuse or neglect for an adult with neurodevelopmental disorder, mental illness, dementia, stroke or anything that involves a person not being capable of caring for themselves?

Adult Protective Services investigates allegations of abuse, neglect, self-neglect and exploitation involving people 18 years old and older if they are suffering from neurodevelopmental disorder, mental illness, dementia, stroke or anything that involves a person not being capable of caring for themselves. Adult Protective Services currently provides services to the following counties - Bartholomew, Brown, Jennings, Decatur and Jackson. If you would like to report a case of abuse or neglect to Adult Protective Services, please contact their office at 812-379-1670, option 5 or by e-mail through department contact page and someone will contact you as soon as possible.

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How do I request public records?

A public records request can be made by visiting our Contact Us page and selecting the department your request pertains to.  Please be as detailed as possible with your request. Due to the volume of public communication, this will ensure the fastest response in assisting your request.

How do I request to be added to a meeting agenda?

You can request to be added to a meeting agenda by contacting the organizing department of the meeting in question one week prior to the scheduled meeting.  Below are the most requested meeting and departments.

 

Commissioners Meetings - Board of Commissioners

County Council - Auditor's Office

Board and Zoning Meeting - Code Enforcement

PTBOA - Assessor's Office

Redevelopment Commission - Auditor's Office

Drainage Board - Surveyor's Office

How do I request a mailbox replacement that was knocked down during mowing or snow clearing?

The county superintendent will review each situation to determine if the highway department will replace the mailbox.  Call County Highway between 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM Monday through Friday to have your situation reviewed.

How do I request copies of the charges filed against me?

Any charges filed against you can be obtained through the Bartholomew County Clerk's Office.

How do I request state tax liens and judgments?

State tax liens are found in the Bartholomew County Clerk's office. The Recorder's office only has information on federal tax liens.

How do I request emergency help?

Dial 911 and stay on the line while the dispatcher assists you.

How do I request a copy of an accident report?

Accident reports are available a minimum of three business days after the incident.  We recommend calling the Front Desk at 812-379-1650 to verify the report is ready to be picked up from the Sheriff's office.  To look up the report, we will need the accident report number, name, and date of the accident.

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How do I view my property records if I feel something is not correct about my property assessment?

Come into the Assessor's office and get a copy of your property record card.  We can go over the card with you, and if there are any errors, we can make any necessary changes.