Town Codes and Ordinances

Ordinance 2020-2002 Amendment Relating to Short Term Rentals:

Short Term Rental of secondary properties has always been illegal in Michiana Shores.

The new Ordinance allows for legal rental of secondary residences short term with an approved special use permit subject to occupancy limits and other noted provisions.

No property can be rented without a permit.  Failure to have a permit with continued rental will result in a fine of $2500.00.     

All legally compliant short term rentals will be issue a high visibility window permit that must be displayed to avoid a citation, and to inform residents of the approved status.  The Permit will include a name and 24 HR emergency number visible for all to contact if issues arise.  

The link to the Ordinance Amendment can be found above.

Here is the pertinent information to obtain a Short Term Rental Permit.You may print off and complete the application that is included.

Short Term Rental Zoning Ordinance Requirements.pdf

As a part of the process used in applying for the Short Term Rental Permit, you must apply to the BZA of the Town of Michiana Shores for a Special Use Permit.

---The information that you must provide is listed on the document, Petition for a Special Use Permit for the Board of Zoning Appeals Town of Michiana Shores. 

---Please go to the Municipal Code of the Town, Title 2, Article 1, Chapter 3, for information on the Board of Zoning Appeals. (1-3-2-2, page 19.)

BZA Petition Procedures.pdf


PLEASE NOTE STATEMENT BELOW (extract from our Disclaimers)

It is always beneficial that after checking the code found here, you contact the Town Clerk to see if there have been changes or additions made to any point that is of interest to you.

You will be answered as promptly as possible.

We will be adding corrections and revisions to the Code as quickly as we can.

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Extremely Important News…

There is NO PARKING allowed ON ROADWAYS. Because of the narrow streets, cars must be parked completely off of roadways for safety purposes. Fire trucks and other emergency vehicles have difficulty navigating the narrow roads. Again, you must not park with even 2 wheels on the roadway. This is an enforced ordinance.


Building Permits:

Before picking up a hammer or a nail, you MUST contact Building Commissioner Steve Thomas (who will be the contact until the building department has re-organized). This includes any type of building: new home, remodeling, sheds, fences, anything!

Michiana Shores Revised Buildinfg Permit (2).pdf



New Ordinance!!!

NOTHING is to be placed on the roads (pavement). No yard debris, leaves, tree limbs, snow, ice etc. Please inform your landscape and snow removal providers. There is a FINE!


SIGNS: Contractor signs may appear on your property while work is being conducted.  After work is complete, these signs must be removed.  All signs MUST be outside the Town Right of Way/Public Utility Easement, usually 10, even 15 in from the edge of the pavement.  The actual Sign Ordinance is available in the Town office.


Spring Cleaning Your Property

As you clean up your property this spring, please do not plan on dumping the waste on any of the overgrown, uninhabited properties around Michiana Shores. As a responsible homeowner and citizen of Michiana Shores, DO NOT DUMP!
(There is a fine of $100 for each violation.)


To All Residents!

If you should see or hear ANYTHING at ANYTIME, that appears suspicious in nature or unusual, do NOT hesitate to call the police!
(This is a 'public service announcement!')


Spring and Summer Topics

Michiana Shores, Indiana

Dogs Rule! (kind'a)...
With many summer resident dogs back to enjoy the summer in our community, they must follow rules too!
  • All dogs must be controlled by a leash (not to exceed 8 feet). The existence of dogs and cats running at large without restraint within the Town and the barking, yelping, howling or other noises will be determined as a public nuisance and a menance to health, safety and welfare of the Townspeople, and owners will be fined.
  • Owner of person in control of any domestic animal must remove all animal waste or feces.
  • It is YOUR responsibility to become aware of what fireworks (IC 22-11-14-1) are permitted. All times listed here are Central Time.
  • The approved fireworks are permitted ONLY from June 29 to July 3 between 5 pm and (2) hours after sunset.
  • The approved fireworks are permitted ONLY on July 4 from 10 am til midnight.
  • The approved fireworks are permitted ONLY from July 5 to July 9 between 5 pm and (2) hours after sunset.
  • ANY VIOLATION of this ordinance shall be subject to a $100 fine. A second occurance will be fined $250. A fine of $2500 will be imposed for a third occurance. All fines to be paid to the Town Clerk as an Ordinance Violation
Michiana, Michigan

Dogs Rule! (kind'a)...
Dogs on the beach in the Michiana, Michigan:
  • No person shall permit any domestic animal whether under restraint or not, on any public beach in Michiana Michigan between the hours of 11:00 am to 6:00 pm(EST) from May 1st thru October 1st.
  • All dogs must be controlled by a leash (not to exceed ten feet).
  • Owner or person in control of any domestic animal must remove all animal waste or feces or other public property.
Beach Bon Fire Permits
  • If you are going to have a bonfire on the beach at Stop 37, you must acquire a permit from the Village of Michiana MI.
  • Please consult with the Village on 'do's and dont's'
  • Office hours: Mon-Fri - 9:00am-4:00pm (EST)
  • If you need a permit after hours or weekends, please leave a message for the Michiana Police at 269-469-1884. They will call you back!

Golf Cart Ordinance

Ordinance 2012-17 (November 13, 2012)

1). A driver of any golf cart must be a licensed driver under Indiana law and must have such license on his or her person at all times during operation of said golf cart on any road in the Town of Michiana Shores. No unlicensed drivers. No children driving.
2). All golf carts must have bodily injury and property damage insurance on said golf cart and have proof of such insurance in the golf cart at all times during operation of the golf cart. 
3). All golf carts must display an amber flashing light when headlamps are necessary for other motor vehicles. This must be visible from no less than 500 feet from the rear of the golf cart. In addition, if the golf cart is operated at times when headlamps are necessary, the golf cart must be equipped with both headlights and taillights that are in working order. In addition, all golf carts must be equipped with a rearview mirror.
4). All operators of golf carts within the Town of Michiana Shores must abide by all applicable State of Indiana traffic laws during operation, including provisions of the Slow Moving Vehicle Statute {IC9.21.9}. A Low Speed Vehicle is not a golf cart.  It looks like a golf cart, but it has a license plate. 
5). Any person who wishes to operate a golf cart in the Town of Michiana Shores must annually register the particular cart to be operated with the Clerk Treasurer’s office and pay the registration fee ($50) and display the receipt/sticker at all times while operating the golf cart.
6). While in operation, no golf cart shall carry no more passengers than such golf carts are equipped to carry and all passengers must be seated at all times.
7). Violations will be subject to fines.