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Building Permit

Building permits are required to ensure that minimum building standards are met for your safety, as well as that of future property owners of the property.

Permit applications may be picked up at the Community Development Department at 800 Field Drive, or downloaded from the links provided below.  For your convenience, a checklist of information that is required with each permit submittal is included with the permit applications. When applying for a permit, all of the appropriate applications, along with the required architectural and/or engineering drawings must be submitted in full to the Community Development Department. Only complete applications will be accepted.

Building permits are issued by the Community Development Department and payments can be made by cash or check only.

If there is a home improvement project in your future, view our Quick Tips document to help the project go smoothly.  In addition, our FAQ's may be helpful to you in answering any questions.  If you are unsure whether your project requires a building permit, contact Community Development staff at 847-810-3502.

Residential Permit Applications

Addition Permits
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         
Hardscape and Landscape Permit
HVAC Permit
Interior Draintile Permit
Irrigation (Sprinkler) System Permit
New Single Family Home Permits
New Duplex Home Permits
Patio Permit
Pillar Permit
Plumbing Permit
Pool (and/or Spa) Permit
Remodeling Permits
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 Permits
Demolition and New Multi-Family Building Permits
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
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


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

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