Building Permits

The Community Development Department is open to the public, fully operational and fully staffed.  We are following all recommended health and safety protocols.  Here is some information on our current operations.

Building permits are required to assure compliance with health and life safety building codes and protect your family and property.  Most home improvement projects require a permit before work begins.  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.  To confirm whether or not your project requires a building permit, please contact the Community Development Department at 847.810.3502.

Application ProcessAll 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.

Here are some Quick Tips and Frequently Asked Questions to help your project go smoothly!
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Residential Permit Applications36 documents

  • Addition Permit
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  • Deck Permit
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  • Demolition of Single Family Dwelling Only
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    (No Replacement Structure)
  • Demolition and New Single Family Dwelling Permit
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  • Driveway Permit
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  • Electric Permit
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  • Exterior Lighting (Landscape Lighting) Permit
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  • Residential Lighting Guidelines
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  • Exterior Material Permit
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  • Fence Permit
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  • Fountain Permit
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  • Generator Permit
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  • Grading Permit
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  • Grading Waiver
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  • Hardscape and Landscape Permit
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  • HVAC Permit
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  • Interior Draintile Permit
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  • Irrigation (Sprinkler) System Permit
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  • New Single Family Dwelling Permit
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  • New Duplex Dwelling Permit
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  • Patio Permit
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  • Pillar Permit
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  • Plumbing Permit
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  • Pool and/or Spa Permit
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  • Remodeling Permit
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  • Residential Fire Suppression (Sprinkler) Permit
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  • Roof Permit
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  • Satellite Dish Permit
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  • Sewer Permit (Sanitary or Storm)
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  • Shed Permit
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  • Storage Tank Removal Permit
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  • Tuckpointing Permit
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  • Wall Permit
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  • Water Heater Permit
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  • Water Service Permit
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  • Window Permit
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Commercial Permit Applications27 documents

  • Addition Permit
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  • Demolition and New Multi-Family or Commercial Permit
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  • Electric Permit
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  • Exterior Material Permit
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  • Fire Alarm Permit
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  • Fire Suppression (Sprinkler) Permit
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  • Generator Permit
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  • Grading Permit
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  • Grading Waiver
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  • Hood and Duct Suppression Permit
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  • HVAC Permit
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  • Irrigation (Sprinkler) System Permit
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  • New Multi-Family or Commercial Building Permit
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  • Parking Lot (Driveway) Permit
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  • Plumbing Permit
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  • Remodeling Permit
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  • Roof Permit
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  • Sewer Permit (Sanitary or Storm)
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  • Sign Permit
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  • Signage and Awning Design Guidelines
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  • Storage Tank Removal Permit
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  • Street Obstruction Permit
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  • Technical Submission Form
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  • Temporary Construction Trailer Permit
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  • Tuckpointing Permit
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  • Water Service Permit
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  • Window Permit
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Other Permit Applications and Guides9 documents

  • Building Scale (Bulk) Calculation Application
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  • Building Scale (Bulk) Workbook
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  • Fee Schedule
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  • Owner's Designee Form
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  • Residential Design Guidelines
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  • Revision Application
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  • Technical Submission
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  • Tree Removal Permit
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  • Zoning Compliance Application
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