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Building Permits

A Building Permit Application  is generally required for most construction, including new building construction, additions, garages, interior and exterior alterations, driveways, heating and air conditioning work, electrical and plumbing work, swimming pools, fences, patios, decks, sheds, siding and commercial re-roofing. Routine maintenance that does not alter locations of existing electrical, plumbing or mechanical system or modify any structural walls will not require a permit. A permit is not required for window replacements unless the window size is enlarged. A permit is not required for residential roof replacements.

Initial reviews of building permit documentation are typically completed within two weeks of acceptance.  Re-reviews are typically completed within one week after resubmission.

Building Permits for residential structures are valid for a period of one year. If work is not completed within one year, the applicant may request a six month extension from the Building Official.  If required, a second six month extension can be obtained from the City Manager if sufficient cause is provided.  No further extensions are possible. Permits may be renewed after expiration, however the applicant will have to pay one-half the cost of the original permit fee.

When considering building a new home, the size of the house that may be built is determined by the Zoning Ordinance. The floor area ratio, amount of open (green) space, amount of lot coverage and the required setbacks all influence how big and where a house may be built on a zoning lot.

All new construction, including residential construction, major additions, and some detached accessory structures on single family residential parcels, must be approved by the Appearance Commission prior to the acceptance of a building permit application.


Click here for a list of Current Applicable Codes

Click here for a list of Construction Guidelines that may assist you in the permit / building process.

Click here for Right-Of-Way/Easement Encroachment Agreement





The Community Preservation & Development Department is now offering digital building permit applications and review.  This process will ultimately provide quicker turn-around time for applicants and improve the City’s customer service.  Those desiring to submit a building permit application online may do so at the hyperlink below.  Note that you will need to establish an account with login and password.  Once the account is created, you will be able to review the status of all of your permit applications, inspection scheduling and inspection status in real time.  This feature should prove particularly beneficial for contractors or other applicants who manage large numbers of permit applications or construction projects.  For questions regarding this service, contact the department at 847-318-5291


Click here for the Online Permit Submittal Requirements

Click here for the CSS Citizen Self Service Online Permitting Instruction Manual

Click here for the CSS Citizen Self Service Online Permitting Portal


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