The following includes an overall list of all permits and applications that are required by the Village.  Please note that permits are required for ALL construction activities with the exception of siding.  If you have any questions about the permit process or questions in general, please don’t hesitate to contact Village Hall at (815) 877.5432. If you have questions about permits regarding building & construction activities, please ask for Laura LaRosa, Village Building Clerk. For zoning questions, issues, and fence permits please contact Carrie Houston, Village Planning & Zoning Coordinator.

 

 

General Construction


For any construction project with the exception of siding, a Winnebago County Building Permit is required to be filled out at Machesney Park Village Hall.  Please fill out the permit below if your project involves the following work:

 

  • Plumbing  –  Requires a Winnebago Co. Building Permit.
  • HVAC  –  Requires a Winnebago Co. Building Permit.
  • Electrical  –  Requires a Winnebago Co. Building Permit.
  • Building Construction  –  Any residential construction project requires both building and zoning approval, consequently please fill out both the Village Zoning Permit Application in addition to the Winnebago Co. Building Permit. (If the proposed construction is a commercial or industrial development, please consult Carrie Houston – Planning & Zoning Coordinator.

 

Winnebago Co. has three divisions of building inspectors: Plumbing/HVAC, Electrical, and Building.  If applicable, your project might require up to three separate inspections depending on the type of work proposed. Zoning approval from the Village will be required if the proposed project is a new construction project.  If the project is a garage,shed, swimming pool, deck, or roof, please consult the appropriate section located further down this page.

 

Winnebago Co. Building Permit for Machesney Park
Village Zoning Permit Application

Demolition


All structural demolition conducted in Village limits requires the issuance of a Winnebago Co. Demolition Permit. The cost of the permit will be determined by the Building Clerk once the permit has been approved.  The Village requires gas and electric utilities to be shut off before the demolition process is initiated (copies of shut-off orders must be received by the Building Clerk before permit is issued).

Please review the below permit and only fill out the sections that apply to demolition.

Winnebago Co. Building Permit for Machesney Park

Deck


Any new or expanding deck in the Village of Machesney Park requires a Winnebago Co. Building Permit and a Village Zoning Permit to be on file here at Village Hall.  If the deck is attached to the house, it has to adhere to traditional zoning setback regulations associated with that property’s zoning classification.  If the deck is detached and over 4′, it would be considered an Accessory Structure and would have to adhere to our zoning regulations governing accessory structures, which can be found in Section 20-11 of our Zoning Ordinance.  Costs will be determined by the Building Clerk once the project has Zoning and Building Approval.

Please review the below permit and only fill out the sections that apply to decks.

Winnebago Co. Building Permit for Machesney Park
Village Zoning Permit Application

Driveway / Right-of-way (ROW)


Any new driveway construction or construction in the right-of-way requires a permit to be on file here at the Village Hall.  The application cost for a ROW or Driveway Permit is $5.  Along with the Right-of-Way Permit, an Erosion & Sediment Control Permit/Statement needs to be on file as well.

There are regulations that state whether the full application or merely the statement have to be signed, and that will be made at the discretion of the Superintendent of Public Works.  A complete copy of our regulations concerning construction for driveways or in the right-of-way can be found in the Machesney Park Code of Ordinances Chapter 8, Article II.

 

Right-of-Way Construction Permit

Fence


If you are looking to build or rebuild a fence in the Village of Machesney Park, the Village requires that you fill out a fence permit.  It is a simple, two-page document and there is no cost for the permit.  Simply fill out the application and draw a simple site plan that documents the height of the fence as well as where the fence is gong to be located in reference to your house and property lines.  The Village stipulates that fences are to be no more than 4′ high in the front yards of residential developments, and 6′ along the side and back yards.  Corner lots are considered to have two front yards.  The complete language regarding fence regulations is located in Section 20-8 of our Zoning Ordinance, which can be found here.

Fence applications are reviewed and approved by the Planning & Zoning Coordinator and/or the Zoning Inspector.

Fence Permit Application
Fence Regulations

Garage


 

Constructing a garage in a residential dwelling requires a:

  • (1)  Winnebago Co. Building Permit – All proposed garages, whether attached or detached to the residential dwelling, require a Building Permit.  Simply fill out the highlighted portions of the two-page permit and sign the last page.  Costs will be determined by the Building Clerk once the project has Zoning and Building Approval.  If the property is on well and septic instead of county water and sewer, the Winnebago Co. Health Department will need to be called for a quick inspection of the property.
  • (2)  Village Zoning Permit – The cost for this two-page permit is $5.  A site plan is required with this application, which accurately displays  the height of the structure as well as the location of the shed in reference to the house and property lines.   If the garage is detached from the house, it is legally considered an, “Accessory Structure” under our Zoning Ordinance.  A typical residential house is allowed three (3) accessory structures on the property up to 1,000 sq. ft.  Accessory Buildings cannot be larger than the house or more than 10% of the gross area of the lot.  Accessory Buildings need to adhere to setbacks of 3′ in the side and back yard, and be at least 10′ from the principal structure on the property.  If the structure is closer than 10′ to the principal structure, the regular setback requirements for that zoning classification will go into effect.

The complete language regarding Accessory Buildings can be found in Section 20-11 of our Zoning Ordinance.

 

Winnebago Co. Building Permit for Machesney Park
Village Zoning Permit Application
Winnebago Co. Health Department Contact

Home Occupation


Properties zoned Residential that are looking to run a commercial business within their property require a Home Occupation Permit to operate within the Village.  The following is a short, two-page document that needs to be filled out and returned to Village Hall, and the cost of applying for the permit is $10.  The complete language of what is and isn’t allowed in our Village Code is available starting at Article IV of our Zoning Ordinance, and can be found here.

 

Home Occupation Permit

Roofing


Any roofing or re-roofing projects within the Village require a Winnebago Co. Building Permit to be on file here at Village Hall.

Please fill out the highlighted sections on the two-page form and return it to Village Hall.  If you are using a contractor for the project, license must be submitted.  Costs will be determined by the Building Clerk once the project has Building Approval.

Please review the below permit and only fill out the sections that apply to roofing.

Winnebago Co. Building Permit for Machesney Park

Shed


 

Putting up a shed in a residential dwelling requires a:

  • (1)  Winnebago Co. Building Permit – If the proposed shed is over 200 sq. ft. in area, a Winnebago Co. Building Permit needs to be filled out.  Simply fill out the highlighted portions of the two-page permit and sign the last page.  Costs will be determined by the Building Clerk once the project has Zoning and Building Approval.  If the property is on well and septic instead of county water and sewer, the Winnebago Co. Health Department will need to be called for a quick inspection of the property.
  • (2)  Village Shed Permit – The cost for this two-page permit is $5.  A site plan is required with this application, which accurately displays  the height of the structure as well as the location of the shed in reference to the house and property lines.   A shed is legally considered an, “Accessory Structure” under our Zoning Ordinance.  A typical residential house is allowed three (3) accessory structures on the property up to 1,000 sq. ft.  Accessory Buildings cannot be larger than the house or more than 10% of the gross area of the lot.  Accessory Buildings need to adhere to setbacks of 3′ in the side and back yard, and be at least 10′ from the principal structure on the property.  If the structure is closer than 10′ to the principal structure, the regular setback requirements for that zoning classification will go into effect.

The complete language regarding Accessory Buildlings, which includes sheds, can be found in Section 20-11 of our Zoning Ordinance.

 

Please review the below permit and only fill out the sections that apply to accessory structures.

Winnebago Co. Building Permit for Machesney Park
Village Shed Permit
Winnebago Co. Health Department Contact

Signs


 

Village sign applications for both permanent and temporary signs are reviewed and approved by the Village Administration, specifically Community Development and Planning & Zoning.

Any new signs constructed within the Village require a:

  • (1)  Winnebago Co. Building Permit – A Winnebago Co. Building Permit needs to be filled out for any new sign or replaced sign in the Village.  Simply fill out the highlighted portions of the two-page permit and sign the last page.  Costs will be determined by the Building Clerk once the project has Zoning and Building Approval.
  • (2)  Village Sign Permit – This is a two-page document and there is no cost associated with this permit. A site plan is required which accurately displays the height, material, and area of the proposed sign with this application, . The location of the sign in reference to the house and property lines is also required, as signs are not permitted in the Right-of-Way (the area between the street and the front property line).  Sign requirements differ based on the property zoning classification, and the complete regulations can be found in our Zoning Ordinance.

A complete copy of our sign ordinance for residential, commercial, and industrial-zoned properties starts on Article XII, Section 20-62 of our Zoning Ordinance, and can be found here.

Temporary signs, or signs that are designed to be posted on commercially-zoned properties for a specific duration of time require a Temporary Sign Permit on file here at the Village Hall.  Commercial Properties are allowed Temporary Business Sign twice (2) a year up to fourteen days (14) at a time, or once a year for twenty-eight (28) consecutive days.  A complete copy of our Zoning Ordinance which governs Temporary Sign regulations starts at Article XII, Section 20-63.6 and can be found here.

 

Temporary Sign Permit
Winnebago Co. Building Permit – Sign
Village Sign Permit

Swimming Pools

Swimming pools are allowed in all residential zoning districts in the Village of Machesney Park with the exception of the Rural Residential (RR) classification.  For a residential property, a swimming pool is required to be at least 6’ from the side and rear yard property lines, and at least 10’ from the principal structure or any overhead/underground cables.  Winnebago Co. Health Code stipulates that all swimming pools, “…shall be enclosed within a wall, fence, or hedge, with a maximum height of 8 feet. Such fencing may be an extension of bearing walls of existing structures in the rear yards, but shall not project closer than 6 feet to the side or rear lot line.” A pool is required to have a fence with a locking gate if it is less than 4 ft. in height, and if it is over 4′ it must have a removable or locking ladder.  All pools require permanent electrical wiring, and must have a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlet. The electric trenching must be at a minimum of 18″ depth, and must be 6″ apart from the gas line (if applicable).

 

Above-Ground Pool:  An above-ground swimming pool requires a, (1) Winnebago Co. Building Permit and, (2) Zoning Approval.  Both permits can be filled out here at Village Hall and are attached below.  Please fill out all highlighted sections if applicable.  If your house is on well and septic instead of public water & sewer, approval from the Winnebago Co. Dept. of Public Health must be received as well.

In-Ground Pool:  An in-ground swimming pool requires a, (1) Winnebago Co. Building Permit, (2) Zoning Approval, (3) Soil & Erosion Application, and (4) Winnebago Co. Health Department Approval (if the property is on well or septic).  If the pool is heated, please fill out the supplemental information on the Building Permit Application.

 

Once the applications are complete, costs will be determined by Laura LaRosa, Building Clerk, here at Village Hall.  A complete list of all rules & regulations governing pools can be found below as well.

 

Winnebago Co. Building Permit for Machesney Park
Village Zoning Application
Erosion & Sediment Control – Permit Application
Erosion & Sediment Control – Sample Site Plan
Erosion & Sediment Control – Informational Pamphlet
Winnebago Co. Health Department – Contact Information

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