Street Occupancy

This guideline has been developed to assist you in obtaining a Street Occupancy Permit. Prior to depositing, storing or erecting equipment on a street, alley, or City right-of-way; that includes, but is not limited to: building materials, tools, supplies, scaffolding or dumpster; a permit must be obtained from the City of Wheaton Building Department. Provided below is information that addresses what needs to be submitted to the City, pertinent building codes, permit fees and required inspections. These guidelines are by no means all-inclusive, but they do identify the most critical requirements that are involved in this type of project. Please review this information and contact the City of Wheaton Building Department with questions.

Required Submittals
The following documents need to be submitted to initiate a review of your project:

  1. Street Occupancy Permit (If Staging Area is in the Street, Alley, or City Right-of-Way)
    Provide completed Engineering Application for Permit which includes: site address, description of work, contractor(s) name and address, permit applicant contact information, etc.
  2. Contractor Requirements - Please see Contractor Requirements.
  3. Traffic Control & Safety Plan (Collector, Arterial and Central Business Area Streets)
    Provide (2) two copies of a proposed Traffic Control & Safety Measures Plan for the Street, Alley, or City right-of-way to be used as the staging area. The plan must include the following information:
    • The plan shall identify roads, sidewalks, parking spaces and similar) on either a plat of survey, aerial photo, or site plan;
    • Identify locations of equipment, scaffolding, cranes, dumpsters, material storage, truck staging and similar; and
    • Provide a traffic control plan that identifies the proposed safety measures to be used, such as, but not limited to barricades, safety fencing, caution tape, temporary signage, flagmen, lane closure, handicap accessible walkway, etc.
  4. Work Schedule
    Submit (1) one copy of the proposed work schedule that identifies the anticipated start and completion dates of the project.
  5. Insurance
    Submit a Certificate of Insurance for each contractor and subcontractor that will be working on City property. The City of Wheaton must be named as either “additional insured” or “co-insured” on all Certificates.

Applicable Codes

Sec. 58-9. Street Occupancy Permit

  1. Required
    It shall be unlawful for any person to deposit, store or erect on a street or alley right-of-way any building materials, tools, equipment, supplies, or scaffolding for the use in any building or structure or for any building or structure being erected, altered, repaired or demolished without having first obtained a street occupancy permit from the engineering department.
  2. Application
    All applications for permits required by this section shall be on forms furnished for that purpose and shall include complete details of the nature and location of the street occupancy, the name of the applicant, the name of any person contracting to have the work done, and the name of the persons who will utilize the space to be occupied.
  3. Fee
    Fees for street occupancy permits and work required under this section shall be in accordance with appendix B of this Code.
  4. Insurance required
    Prior to the granting of any street occupancy permit, the applicant shall file with the city a certificate of insurance to indemnify the city against the cost of any litigation or damage in case of injury or damage suffered as a result of the street occupancy. The certificate of insurance required in this section shall be in accordance with section 58-8.

(Code 1968, §§ 20-12, 20-12.1, 20-13, 20-13.1)

Sec. 58-10. Same--Deposit

  1. Required
    Upon the issuance of a permit to occupy any area within a street or alley right-of-way, a deposit shall be made in accordance with the schedule of fees established by the city council and on file in the office of the city clerk.
  2. Use
    The deposit required by this section may be used by the city to defray any expense incurred by the city in placing barricades if the work is not properly protected, and in making any required restoration not made by the permit holder on being notified by the city.
  3. Refunds
    Any portion of the deposit required by subsection (a) of this section which has not been used as provided in subsection (b) of this section shall be returned to the permit holder.

Sec. 58-11. Same--Time limit
Permission to occupy any roadway, parkway or sidewalk space of any street or alley for the purposes of building is intended only for necessary use in connection with the actual erection, repair, alteration, wrecking or removal of buildings, and shall terminate with the completion of such operation.

Sec. 58-12. Same--Not to impair movement of traffic or create a traffic hazard
The occupancy of any street, parkway or sidewalk space shall in no case be such as to impair the movement of traffic or obstruct the vision so as to create a traffic hazard, in the opinion of the city traffic engineer. No permit shall be issued for a street occupancy that in the opinion of the city traffic engineer would impair the movement of traffic or obstruct vision so as to create a traffic hazard.

Sec. 58-13. Erection of temporary sidewalks
If it is necessary to block a sidewalk in order to complete the work for which a permit has been issued under the provisions of this chapter, a temporary walk shall be constructed and maintained to provide safe pedestrian movement.

Sec. 58-14. Barricades and warning signs--Use of
Any person doing any permitted work within any street or alley right-of-way within the city shall maintain sufficient and suitable signs, barricades and lights designed to warn the public against hazards created by the permitted work being done or to prevent damage to any such work. Traffic control for work permitted in accordance with this chapter shall be in accordance with the requirements of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways of the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Permit Fees
Permit Fee
A minimum permit fee of $100 will be charged for the first 10 days. An additional $10 per day for every day beyond the first 10-calendar days will be deducted from the security deposit, if not paid at permit issuance.

Cash Bond
A $500 cash bond will also be paid at the time of permit issuance.

Final Inspection: Contact the Public Works Department at 630-260-2110 a minimum of 4 hours in advance, between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. after the equipment has been removed & all restoration is complete to schedule an inspection of Street, Alley or City Right-of-Way.

Note: Additional inspections may be needed based upon the scope of work. If additional inspections are required, they will be listed on the permit at the time of issuance.

Reimbursement: Once the inspection(s) are completed by Public Works and if no damage has occurred to City property, the Building Department will be notified to reimburse payee.

Contact Us
City of Wheaton Building & Code Enforcement Department
Address: 303 W. Wesley Street, Wheaton, IL 60187
Phone: 630-260-2050
Fax: 630-260-2195 (contractor requirements, certificates of insurance & bonds)

Business hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Revised 4/1/2020