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 207 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)
- Permit Fees and Procedures for New Residential Construction
- Permit Fees and Procedures for Commercial & Industrial Construction
- Permit Application for New Residential & Commercial/Industrial Construction
- Permit Application for Miscellaneous Projects
- Permit Application for Swimming Pools
- Application for Accessory Buildings & Garages that require Architectural Review
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