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Building permits are required for a variety of improvements made to buildings and properties. Building permits ensure that the plans and finished work meet code requirements. These codes provide a level of safety for any work completed within the Village. For more information on work that requires a permit, or if you have any further questions, contact the Community Development Department.

Applying for a Building Permit
Applying for a building permit is a simple process. Applications, with an attached fact sheet, are available at the Community Development Department or online. Simply review the fact sheet, fill out the application, and provide all items listed in the submittal requirements. Your plans will be reviewed for completeness and accuracy. You may need to provide additional information.

Adopted Codes
The following list contains the codes which have been adopted by the Village.  Most of these codes have been adopted with amendments.  Amendments are listed in the Code of Ordinances and are attached to permit applications, when applicable.

  • 2018 International Building Code
  • 2018 International Residential Code
  • 2018 International Electrical Code
  • 2017 NFPA 70 National Electrical Code
  • 2018 International Plumbing Code
  • 2018 International Property Maintenance Code
  • 2018 International Fire Code
  • 2018 International Mechanical Code
  • 2018 International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2018 International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2014 State of Illinois Plumbing Code
  • 2015 Illinois Energy Conservation Code
  • 1997 Illinois Accessibility Code
  • ICC/ANSI A117.1-1998, American National Standard for Accessible and Usable Buildings & Facilities Code.
Exempt from Permit
The following list contains items that do not require a building permit.  If you have any further questions please contact the Community Development Department.

  • Retaining walls less than 4 feet tall
  • Painting, wallpapering, tiling, and carpeting
  • Stopping leaks in sinks and toilets (provided that no plumbing valves or pipes are moved or replaced)
  • Swings & other playground equipment, as accessory structures to one or two family dwellings
  • Window awnings supported by an exterior wall
  • Broken window repair
  • Portable heating, cooking or clothes drying appliances
  • Portable cooling units
  • Flagpoles
  • Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval or safety of equipment
Additional Information: 
Allowed Tree Species. The Village Code of Ordinances contains a listing of allowed tree species should any outdoor project include landscaping.
Radon Control. The Kane County Healthy Places Coalition has compiled information on radon, the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Radon Control Systems can be installed to reduce radon levels.

Call JULIE Before You Dig. If you are a homeowner/renter, contractor or excavator planning to dig anytime this year, (e.g. putting up fence or clothes line, planting a garden or shrubbery, building a home addition, etc.). Call JULIE first at 811 or 800-892-0123. Call 48 hours before you dig.

Lead-Based Paint. If you are considering renovation, repair or painting of buildings built before 1978, federal law requires the compliance with the EPA's Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Program Rule (RRP). For more information, please visit the EPA RRP Rules.