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 207 if you have any questions or email Building & Zoning Officer Bob Walczak.

Any exterior remodeling or alterations to a residential building that changes more than 30% of the existing improvements may require a review by the Architectural Review Commission. Any non-residential construction activity also requires review by the Architectural Review Committee.

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)
  • Determine if the project requires review by the Village’s Architectural Review Commission

**2020 – New inspection days and Building Department office hours are Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Plumbing Inspections are done Mondays – Fridays at 6:30 a.m. – 7 a.m or 5:45 p.m. – 6 p.m.)



Alarms systems

Detached Garages
Electric Code Amendments
Electric Generators
Lawn Sprinkler Systems
Mailboxes – Masonry
Pools and Spas
Relocation of Structures
Remodeling Information
Siding (fascia and soffit)
Screen Rooms
Sheds/Accessory Buildings
Solar Energy Systems Information

Water Heaters – $50 permit fee (“other” on misc. permit application)

Zoning Procedures, Information and Forms

Zoning Map

Municipal Code

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