Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions that the Building & Code Department addresses:
Q: Why is spring a busy time for building permits?
A: As winter ends, many residents start thinking about home improvement projects that they would like to do during the summer months, such as new decks, fences and additions, and the City begins to see an increase in the number of applications for permits starting in March.
Q: What kinds of projects require a permit?
A: It is best to contact the city before starting a project to verify if a permit is required for the project.
The following types of projects require a permit: any structural changes; plumbing, electric, mechanical and roofing work; demolitions, fences, signs, driveways, curb, and sidewalks; sewer repair; construction of garages, pools, hot tubs and spas; addition of decks, sheds and lawn sprinkler systems, just to name a few.
Q: Who should I contact for information on obtaining a permit and what needs to be submitted?
A: Call or visit the City’s Development Department; additional information also is contained on this website. Informational handouts and permit applications detailing specific information for most projects are available at City Hall. Staff members are available to answer questions. City Hall is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For permit information, call 630-260-2050.
Q: If I am hiring a contractor, will the contractor ensure that the proper permits are obtained?
A: The property owner is responsible for ensuring that a permit has been obtained for a project before the work begins. Whether the resident or contractor submits the plans for the permit is up to them to decide.
Q: How can I report a property maintenance violation or other City Code violation?
A: You can report a violation of City Code to the Building & Code Department by calling 630-260-2050.