Community Development


During the City's temporary building closures due to COVID-19, we encourage residents and contractors to conduct business online, via email or phone when possible.  Please review this information on the temporary Building Permit and Inspection operations.

The Community Development Department strives to continue the tradition of careful planning and preservation that have served Lake Forest well in the past, to manage growth and change in the community and to provide excellent communication and customer service to the business and property owners, architects, contractors, developers.

Community Development Department staff are responsible for managing new development and infill development throughout the community from the initial planning stages through the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy.  Staff work with various Boards and Commissions to ensure compliance with the Code.  The Department is also responsible for the review and approval all construction plans for conformance with applicable building codes as well as conducting site inspections for all projects, including general construction, plumbing, electrical and HVAC mechanical systems. Community Development staff members work closely with the Fire Prevention Bureau to ensure conformance with life safety code requirements and with Engineering staff to ensure compliance with drainage, grading and steep slope requirements.  Department staff members also work with property owners with respect to property maintenance.

Construction Hours

Within the City of Lake Forest, construction activity is permitted during the following hours:
Monday - Friday 7am to 8pm
Saturday and Sunday 8am to 6pm

For zoning information, please use this interactive Zoning Map.

220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2600
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