Indiana Municipal Law Questions & Answers

Q: What are the dates a landlord must provide heat ?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Landlord - Tenant and Municipal Law for Indiana on
Answered on Apr 2, 2018
Alexander Florian Steciuch's answer
There must be an adequate supply of heat for rental properties at all time in Indiana. Essentially, this means year round.

Q: East side of Indianapolis,IN. Police refuse to charge or arrest. Can i demand the police to perform a citizens arrest?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Municipal Law for Indiana on
Answered on Dec 27, 2017
Andrew L. Bennett's answer
Your options are to ask to speak to the supervisors of the officers or the chief of police. Another option would be to contact the prosecutors office and schedule an appointment to speak with a prosecutor. Have you also contacted the local media?

Q: If I own my home can the town I live in make me pay a yearly fee for owning a dog?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Municipal Law for Indiana on
Answered on May 25, 2017
Alexander Florian Steciuch's answer
A local government can require animal owners to register their animals with the local government and a fee can be charged in relation to registration.

Q: How can a town board pass an ordinance legally to prohibit riding an orv or atv on your own property?

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for Indiana on
Answered on Sep 23, 2016
Paul Stanko's answer
Very good question! While there is a presumption of legality of local ordinances, there may be an overreach here. Have an attorney review the ordinance to see if there is a constitutional violation.

Q: My boy wants to have a live show for his rock band in my backyard, can he?Terre haute indiana

1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports, Land Use & Zoning and Municipal Law for Indiana on
Answered on Sep 19, 2016
Paul Stanko's answer
A lot depends on the size of your backyard. You should probably review local ordinances on noise, parking, etc. Your municipality or political subdivision will have ordinances on file. If you have any concerns, contact an attorney, or perhaps even your zoning board.

Q: Do i have right to work my race car even has no mufflers?

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for Indiana on
Answered on Jul 25, 2011
Terrence Rubino's answer
you must obey the noise ordinance of the town you live in.

Q: Can a school district force parents to rent laptops @ 250 per year for 4 years, at which time the student keeps the lapt

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for Indiana on
Answered on Jul 25, 2011
Terrence Rubino's answer
it sounds like a question involving the recent controversy at munster indiana hs. there are valid points on both sides but ultimately it is up to the school board to decide. a legal challenge is academic at this point because the board has apparently retreated from the proposal. this shows that voicing one's opinions sometimes works. good luck and congratulations.

Q: Some towns have codes claiming a pigeon is a fowl. So is a pigeon considered a fowl?

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for Indiana on
Answered on Jul 21, 2011
Burton A. Padove's answer
In those towns they are. As far as I know, in all other towns too.

Q: Are new fences required to be placed 5 ft. from property line or can they be placed on property line?

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for Indiana on
Answered on Jun 30, 2011
Michael E. Polen Jr.'s answer
This is likely governed by a local ordinance. Given that every municipality is different, there is no easy answer. You will have to check with the local authority. A permit may also be required depending on the local ordinance.

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