Building Permit Process

Building permits are required for a variety of improvements made to buildings and properties. Building permits ensure that the plans and finished work meet code requirements. These codes provide a level of safety for any work completed within the Village. For more information on work that requires a permit, or if you have any further questions, call the Community Development Department.

Applying for a Building Permit
Applying for a building permit is a simple process. Applications, with an attached fact sheet, are available at the Community Development Department or online. Simply read the fact sheet, fill out the application, and provide all items listed in the submittal requirements. Your plans will be reviewed for completeness and accuracy. You may need to provide additional information.

Adopted Codes
The following list contains the codes which have been adopted by the Village.  Most of these codes have been adopted with amendments.  Amendments are listed in the Code of Ordinances and are attached to permit applications, when applicable.

  • 2018 International Building Code
  • 2018 International Residential Code
  • 2018 International Electrical Code
  • 2017 NFPA 70 National Electrical Code
  • 2018 International Plumbing Code
  • 2018 International Property Maintenance Code
  • 2018 International Fire Code
  • 2018 International Mechanical Code
  • 2018 International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2018 International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2014 State of Illinois Plumbing Code
  • 2015 Illinois Energy Conservation Code
  • 1997 Illinois Accessibility Code
  • ICC/ANSI A117.1-1998, American National Standard for Accessible and Usable Buildings & Facilities Code.
Exempt from Permit
The following list contains items that do not require a building permit.  If you have any further questions please contact the Community Development Department.

  • Retaining walls less than 4 feet tall.
  • Painting, papering, tiling, and carpeting.
  • Stopping leaks in sinks and toilets (provided that no plumbing valves or pipes are moved or replaced).
  • Swings & other playground equipment, as accessory structures to one or two family dwelling.
  • Window awnings supported by an exterior wall.
  • Broken window repair.
  • Portable heating, cooking or clothes drying appliances.
  • Portable cooling unit.
  • Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval or safety of equipment. 
Additional Information: 
The Village Code of Ordinances contains a listing of allowed tree species should any outdoor project include landscaping.
The Kane County Healthy Places Coalition has compiled information on radon, the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Radon Control Systems can be installed to reduce radon levels.

Building Permit Frequently asked Questions

Do I need a building permit?
In general, most construction work requires a permit. 

Why do I need a building permit?
The permit process makes certain contractos are adequately licensed by the State of Illinois, if required, and the improvements are completed as indicated on the plans.  Permits are the law, violators are subject to fines and other penalties.
What could happen if I decide not to get a permit?
The following are just a few examples of problems which could occur if work were completed without a building permit: an astute realtor or attorney would advise their client not to purchase a house until a permit and inspection record is provided for all improvements on the property;  insurance will not cover damage to or caused by work that was not permitted or inspected; the code requires inspections  prior to the work being covered; if  work has  been completed, walls and floors may need to be opened up or removed and some manufacturers product warranties are void until validated by a municipal inspector. It is unlawful to sell, transfer, mortgage or lease a structure that has been served with a compliance order.
Do I need an inspection?
Inspections are required as part of the permit process.  Different inspections are required depending on the type of work being performed. Inspection information is included with the permit application.  Call the Community Development Department at 847-741-3894 at least 24 hours before to schedule an inspection.
Are there construction hours?
Yes, you can work on construction, repair or maintenance of a structure or property between the hours of 7 am and 9 pm.  In the case of an emergency, a permit may be issued from the Director of Public Works to work outside those hours.
My Building Permit Application states that I need a Plat of Survey; what is a Plat of Survey and how do I get one?
A plat of survey is a drawing of a single property that has been surveyed and certified by an Illinois licensed land surveyor.  Generally, a Plat of Survey is included with closing documents when property is purchased.  We may have a copy of your Plat of Survey on record from a previous building permit application.  
Will the permit trigger a raise in my taxes?
Fair market value is assessed by the Tax Assessors Office.  Visit  your property’s township website to determine the current assessment and learn how new assessments are made -  Elgin Township or St. Charles Township.