Building Department

The purpose of the Building Department is to ensure that all public and private structures are built to strict standards to provide safe environments where we live, work, and play.  To accomplish this purpose, Building Department staff performs plan reviews, issues building permits, performs inspections, and enforces property maintenance standards.

Building Codes

Staff is responsible for enforcing construction standards, building codes, materials and methods of construction arising from advancing technology.

The following are various Village Codes, Ordinances, and Guidelines adopted by the Village and used to review plans once they have been submitted for zoning approvals and/or permits. Ensuring that your submittal complies with these codes can greatly reduce the amount of time needed to conduct plan reviews.

Permit Guidelines

Improvements, renovations, remodeling, and maintenance made to your property may require a building permit. It is your responsibility to check with Building Department staff and secure a permit when required.  Refer to the guidelines below for renovation, remodeling and maintenance projects:

Plan Reviews for New Construction

Application Form


All contractors and subcontractors must register with the Village.  Registration involves 1) submitting a contractor registration form, 2) providing a certificate of insurance naming the resident or business as an additional insured under the contractors insurance policy, and 3) payment of a $50.00 fee in cash, check or on-line credit card.


In addition to obtaining a permit, please make sure that all proper inspections for the permitted work are performed. Inspections shall be scheduled on-line a minimum of 24 hours in advance.   Inspections are to be scheduled on-line.   To reach the Building Department call (847) 438-6000.

Plan Commission

Certain land use changes and zoning matters require review by the Village Plan Commission.  To obtain the form needed to apply for Plan Commission review chick  here.