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When is a Permit Required?
For More Information
If you have any questions regarding the operations of the Village, or concerns which you would like to share, please contact Community Development at (708) 579-2320.

Determining Whether a Permit is Required
The following examples are presented as a guideline only to assist the homeowner in determining whether a building permit is required.

No Permit Required 
  • Add to or improve landscaping 
  • Install awnings or shades (residential only) 
  • Install storm doors or windows 
  • Insulate or weather strip 
  • Painting 
  • Replace existing flooring 
  • Replace existing furnace water heater or boiler with same type or size
  • Replace windows or doors (same size)
  • Sealcoat a driveway
  • Replace plumbing fixtures with existing shutoffs: faucets, toilets and shower heads
  • Replace electrical fixtures without any wiring: lights, ceiling fans, switches or outlets
  • Replace existing appliances in same location

Permit Required: Issued Over-the-Counter
  • Add or replace a fence or section of a fence 
  • Add or replace gutters or downspouts 
  • Add or replace public walk or apron 
  • Add or replace siding 
  • Masonry or tuck-pointing 
  • Repair or replace roof 
  • Sewer repair or replacement 
  • Water service repair or replacement
  • Repair or upgrade electric service
Permit & Review Required
  • Add a bay window
  • Add or remodel a bathroom, kitchen, basement attic or any existing room
  • Add repair or replace private service walks, patios, or driveways 
  • Add, alter or enlarge a garage or breezeway 
  • Room additions or any addition to structure
  • Any structural change to a building 
  • Construct an accessory building (shed) 
  • Enclose, replace, or add a porch, deck or stairway
  • Finish a room in an attic or basement 
  • Install a burglar, fire alarm or fire suppression system (Police Department
  • Install a swimming pool (both in-ground and above-ground) 
  • Lawn sprinkler systems 
  • Replace windows and/or doors if original size is changed 
  • Install or replace central air conditioning or furnace or alter duct system
  • Add Interior or exterior fireplace
  • Add or replace a stairway, handrail or guardrail
  • Add standby generator or solar panel system
  • Demolition of structure Cook County permit required
  • Alter grade of exterior area more than 250 sq.ft. or in excess of 12 inches in height
  • Install interior or exterior drain tile or foundation waterproofing
  • Any alterations to the interior electrical system, except service
  • Any alterations to the interior plumbing system
  • Enlarge an apron, add an apron or carriage walk in parkway