Laura LaRosa serves as the Building Clerk for the Village of Machesney Park. The Building Division is an office of the Community Development Department that is responsible for the administration of building permits and inspections. Permits and inspections are required to ensure that all construction and development projects are constructed safely and in compliance with the Village’s adopted building codes and ordinances.
Almost every construction project that occurs in the Village requires a building permit. The Community Development Department is responsible for processing all permits to ensure that construction is being done safely and correctly. The Village understands that your time is valuable and it is our goal to process your application as quickly as possible.
If you are unsure whether or not your construction project requires a building permit, please contact us at 815-877-5432. Here is a list of home improvements that do not requirement a permit: a) siding and window replacements (of the same size); b) kitchen cabinets and countertops; c) carpeting or flooring.
The Village’s permit process involves three main steps: application, plan review, and inspection. The Village is committed to providing a prompt review of your permit application, and a fair and consistent inspection of your improvement project.
Any construction project requiring a permit must be submitted to the Village using an application. Click here to be directed to the forms and applications page.
Many projects, such as water heaters or roofs, do not require a plan review. Plans for new residential homes, garages, sheds, fences, swimming pools, parking lots, and signs are reviewed internally by Village staff. For commercial projects, the Village uses an external plan review consultant. Review fees for commercial projects are added to the permit review fees and collected at permit issuance.
The Village of Machesney Park regulates construction and development through the following building codes (as of November 20, 2017):
Building Code – 2015 ICC International Building Code (with amendments)
Electrical Code – 2014 NFPA National Electrical Code (with amendments)
Mechanical Code – 2015 ICC International Mechanical Code (with amendments)
Residential Code – 2015 ICC Intl. Res. Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings (with amendments)
Plumbing Code – 2014 Illinois State Plumbing Code (with amendments)
Energy Conservation Code – 2015 ICC International Energy Conservation Code (no amendments)
Fire Code – 2015 ICC International Fire Code (with amendments)
Life Safety Code – 2015 NFPA 101 Life Safety Code (no amendments)
Existing Building Code – 2015 ICC International Existing Building Code (with amendments)
Property Maintenance Code – 2015 ICC International Property Maintenance Code (with amendments)
Pool and Spa Code – 2015 ICC International Pool and Spa Code (no amendments)
Fuel Gas Code – 2015 ICC International Fuel Gas Code (with amendments)
Performance Code – 2015 ICC Performance Code for Buildings and Facilities (no amendments)
Click here to view Chapter 100, Articles 1 through 14 of the Village Code, adopting the Building Codes by reference, and the amendments.
Building and Zoning Permits
Permits & applications for building & zoning activities within the Village of Machesney Park can be found here.
Please Feel free to call the Village at (815) 877-6072 if you have any questions about building permits or pricing.
Building permits can be obtained during normal Village Hall operating days, Monday through Friday, from 8:00am-11:00am & 12:00pm-4:00pm.
Application Requirements When applying for new single family home permits, the following items are required at the time of application:
- Completed building, zoning, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical permits
- Proposed survey
- Approval letter from Homeowner’s Association and/or developer, if required
- All permit fees as per Village Code Chapter 100
For more information on permits, inspections, codes, and survey requirements, contact the Building Department.
Commercial & Manufacturing Construction
The following are required at the time of application:
- Four complete sets of architecturally stamped drawings
- 1 complete set of digital drawings
- A copy of the contractor licenses for roofing and plumbing contractors, if applicable
- Food Service Businesses: submit a kitchen layout to the Winnebago County Health Department
- Reviews will be completed by: Planning & Zoning, Engineering, Structural & MEPs, and the Fire Department
*Note: ALL permit fees must be paid for prior to beginning any construction activities.
Applying for a permit property owners will need the following information in order to apply for permits:
- Permit application
- Legible copy of legal Plat of Survey showing existing building and setbacks to lot lines
- Contractor information, if one is being used
Building Permits that are issued by the Village will contain instructions for requesting inspections.
Requests for final inspections must be made at least 24 hours in advance.