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Posted on: March 11, 2021

Why Building Permits Are Required


Why Building Permits Are Required

Building permits are necessary because they are an integral part of the “checks and balances” that make construction projects safe and secure. Building permits are also beneficial because they can assist in increasing the investment value of a construction project, protect against injuries and guard against lawsuits. By working with the Village’s expert code officials, you will benefit from their knowledge to ensure your construction project is built in compliance with safety measures and with longevity and resilience as its goals.


What is a Building Permit?

A building permit grants legal permission to start construction of a building project in accordance with approved drawings and specifications.


When is a Permit Needed?

Before you begin construction or a building project, you should contact the Village’s Community Development Department at (847) 671-8555 to discuss your plans with the Permit Coordinator and to determine if a permit is needed. Even if a permit is not needed, staff may answer construction questions and provide valuable advice.

Permits Are Usually Required for the Following:

  • New buildings
  • Additions (bedrooms, bathrooms, family rooms, etc.)
  • Residential work (decks, garages, fences, sheds, pools, patios, driveways, water heaters, etc.)
  • Renovations (garage conversions, basements, kitchens, reroofing, etc.)
  • Electrical systems and electrical work
  • Plumbing systems and plumbing work
  • HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) systems.

Homes and businesses are not only your personal assets, but they are also investments in our community. If construction projects do not comply with the codes adopted by the Village Board, the value of those investments could be reduced.


What if Work is Performed WITHOUT a Permit?

It is important to know that property insurers may not cover work performed without a permit and inspections.  For example, an addition or re-modeled bathroom may not be covered by insurance in the event of a fire and an inability to produce records showing that the construction work was performed in compliance with permits and inspections.

Also, owners of homes, businesses or other buildings that have modifications done without the issuance of a permit or inspection being performed may be required to tear down an addition, leave the building unoccupied, or make costly repairs before it can be sold.


Benefits of a Permit and Inspections.

Building Permits and inspections allow the Village’s trained code officials to protect the public’s health and welfare by reducing potential hazards resulting from unsafe construction.  By following code guidelines, the completed project will meet minimum standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, and future owners.

Additionally, a property owner who can show that the code requirements were strictly and consistently met, as demonstrated by a code official’s carefully maintained records, has a strong ally in the event a potentially destructive lawsuit is initiated. For example, if a contractor’s work does not meet code standards, and a dispute ensues over payment, the property owner may want to use permits and inspection reports to assist in their defense.


For more information or to start the permit process, call the Community Development Department at 847-671-8555, or stop by our office at 4501 25th Avenue.

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