Building Permit Information

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Building Permit Application

Permitting Process

Permits are required before beginning new construction, repairs, additions, alterations, or demolition projects. Only legible, complete and signed applications for permit will be processed.  Business can be conducted through our website, in person, via email or over the phone.  The completed application and all submittals may be brought to the Community Development Department Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM, or placed in the drop-box located to the left of the building's entrance.

What Kind of Permit Do You Need?

Please click on your project type below for a pamphlet to assist you with questions about various permit types. These documents are for informational purposes only.  Where differences between these documents and the City's adopted codes occur, the provisions of the City's adopted codes will prevail. 

  • Construction of a new residential structure
  • Construction of commercial or industrial structure
  • Additions or alterations to a residential, commercial or industrial structure
  • Remodeling of a residential, commercial or industrial structure that involves structural, plumbing and/or electrical revisions
  • Commercial Build-Out
  • Basement - Finish Existing
  • Deck - New or Replacement
  • Demolition of Any Structure
  • Electrical Revisions and Repairs
  • Electrical Service - New or Upgrade
  • Fence - New or Replacement
  • Fire Alarm - New, Revision or Repair
  • Fire Sprinkler - New, Revision or Repair
  • Garage - Detached
  • Gazebo
  • Irrigation System - Lawn
  • Kitchen Hood - Revision or Repair
  • Plumbing - Revision or Repair
  • Sanitary Service - Replacement or Repair
  • Shed
  • Sign - Permanent (Application
  • Sign - Temporary (Application)
  • Swimming Pool - In-Ground or Above-Ground, including Hot Tubs, Spas, and Whirlpools
  • Water Service - Replacement or Repair
  • Other - As deemed necessary. Please call 815-895-4434 with questions.

Permits are not required for cosmetic improvements such as removal and replacement window, siding, roof shingles, painting, flooring, tiling, trim work, changing out cabinetry, and replacing electrical and plumbing fixtures in the same location. Non-structural repairs to interior surfaces don't require permits provided no changes are made to the structural framing, electrical, or plumbing. Emergency repairs may be addressed without immediately obtaining a permit, but the permit must be applied for within 7 days of the emergency repair work being performed.

Standard lead times for issuance of permits are:

  • Commercial and industrial projects: 3 to 4 weeks
  • Residential projects: 2 to 3 weeks
  • All other permits: 5 to 7 business days

Sets of drawings to be submitted with application:

Scheduling Inspections

Call 815-895-4434 a minimum of one day before the desired inspection date during normal business hours. Provide the permit number, job address, name and phone number to secure a date and time on the inspection schedule. If calling during normal business hours and you receive a voicemail, please leave your name and phone number and your call will be returned as soon as available. Inspection requests left on the voicemail before 7 am and after 3 pm will not be honored.

  1. Community Development

    Fax: 815-895-7572