Building Department

A building permit is required for the construction of a new building or accessory structure, changes to an existing structure that creates any size or structural change or involves extensive plumbing or electrical work, new roofs and siding, replacement driveways, pools, electric generators and more.  Most building projects require a permit to ensure codes for safety and structural integrity are met. Homeowners can do many of their own construction projects.  See “Project Information” below for list of projects that require permits.  Avoid penalties and fines for work completed without a permit. Contact the Building Department at 815-675-2121  ext 2017 if you have any questions or email Building & Zoning Officer Bob Walczak.

Preliminary Procedures for Obtaining a Building Permit:

  • Determine whether a permit is necessary
  • Check zoning regulations (i.e. setback, clearances, etc.)
  • Check relevant village ordinances
  • Have project approved by your homeowner’s association (if applicable)



Alarms systems

Detached Garages
Electric Code Amendments
Electric Generators
Exterior Alterations/Additions – Residential
Lawn Sprinkler Systems
Relocation of Structures
Remodeling Information
Siding (fascia and soffit)
Screen Rooms
Sheds/Accessory Buildings
Swimming Pools and Spas
Water Heaters – $50 permit fee (“other” on misc. permit application)

Zoning Procedures, Information and Forms

Zoning Map

Municipal Code

If you are planning to do any digging, call JULIE at 1-800-892-0123 at least 48 hours before you reach for your shovel.  Your phone call to this toll free underground utility locating service can save utilities and their customers the cost of repairing damaged equipment, inconvenience and potentially hazardous situations.