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Building Permits

Planning a home improvement project?  Here are some Quick Tips and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions to help your project go smoothly.  Most home improvement projects require the issuance of a building permit before work begins.  To confirm whether or not your project requires a building permit, please contact the Community Development Department at 847-810-3502.

Building permits are required to assure compliance with health and life safety building codes and protect your family and property.   Permits and inspection results are kept on file in the City offices and are available for review by insurance companies in the event of a loss on the property and by potential future buyers of the property.

Application Process

All applicants are encouraged to submit permit applications and construction documents online via the City's web portal.  City staff is available to assist you in the registration and application process.  Submitting applications and construction documents digitally will allow the City to serve our customers more efficiently.  Design professionals can provide digital plans for submittal, if necessary, City staff will assist in obtaining digital plans from design professionals.  For smaller projects, plans printed on 8 1/2x11 or 11x17, staff is available to scan documents as necessary to convert them to a digital format.

City staff reviews all plans electronically.  The final approved construction plans and documents will be made available on the City's web portal.  Or, upon request, a copy can be emailed to the property owner or applicant.  Property owners are responsible for providing a copy of the approved plans and documents to others who may need them.  Upon request, the City will print a copy of the approved plans in an 11x17 format.

For your convenience, a checklist of permit submittal requirements is included in the permit application packets below.  Help us to expedite the issuance of your permit by submitting a complete application including architectural and engineering plans if appropriate, contractor information and all required technical information.  Incomplete applications cannot be accepted.

Plan review and permit fees can be paid in cash, by check, by credit card (a 2.95% fee is assessed for credit card transactions).

To apply for, pay for or schedule inspections online click here.

If you have not registered yet, please follow the prompts to register.  Contact Carolynn Gaylord at 847-810-3521 if you need assistance.  

Residential Permit Applications

Addition Permit
Deck Permit         
Demolition and New Single Family Home Permits                      
Driveway Permit
Electric Permit                  
Exterior Lighting (Landscape Lighting) Permit  (Residential Lighting Guidelines)
Exterior Material Permit
Fence Permit
Fountain Permit
Generator Permit 
Grading Permit
Grading Waiver
Hardscape and Landscape Permit
HVAC Permit
Interior Draintile Permit
Irrigation (Sprinkler) System Permit
New Single Family Home Permit
New Duplex Home Permit
Patio Permit
Pillar Permit
Plumbing Permit
Pool (and/or Spa) Permit
Remodeling Permit
Residential Fire Suppression (Sprinkler) Permit
Roof Permit
Satellite Dish Permit
Sewer Repair Permit (Sanitary or Storm)
Shed Permit
Storage Tank Removal Permit
Tuckpointing Permit
Wall Permit  
Water Heater Permit 
Water Service Repair Permit
Window Permit                     

Commercial Permit Applications

Addition Permit
Demolition and New Commercial Building Permit
Demolition and New Multi-Family Building Permit
Electric Permit
Exterior Material Permit
Fire Alarm Permit
Fire Suppression (Sprinkler) Permit (Technical Submission Form is necessary only if it has not been submitted with the original permit application)
Generator Permit
Grading Permit
Grading Waiver
Hood and Duct Suppression Permit
HVAC Permit
Irrigation (Sprinkler) System Permit
New Commercial Building Permits
New Multi-Family Building Permits
Parking Lot (Driveway) Permit 
Plumbing Permit
Remodeling Permit
Roof Permit
Sewer Repair Permit (Sanitary or Storm)
Sign Permit
Storage Tank Removal Permit
Street Obstruction Permit
Technical Submission Form
Temporary Construction Trailer Permit
Tuckpointing Permit
Water Service Repair Permit
Window Permit

Other Permit Applications and Guides

Building Scale (Bulk) Calculation Application
Building Scale (Bulk) Workbook
Fee Schedule
Owner's Designee Form
Residential Design Guidelines
Revision Application
Technical Submission

 

THE CITY OF LAKE FOREST
220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2600
Non-Emergency Police:  (847) 234-2601

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