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.

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 and flooring.

The building permit application process involves three main steps: application, plan review, and inspection. Our staff will work with you at each stage of the project to ensure safety and code compliance.

Applications
Any project requiring a permit must be submitted to the Village using an application. To simplify the application process, the Village has provided a variety of application forms below, categorized by the type of project that will be completed.

Plan Review
Many projects, such as water heaters or a new roof, 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 and the cost of their review is added to the permit review fees that we collect when we issue your permit.

Inspections
As of October 2017, Building Inspections are now being performed by the City of Loves Park through a cooperative agreement.  When the Village issues building permits, we will provide instructions for requesting building inspections.

Adopted Building Codes
As of November 2017, the Village adopted the 2015 Building and Life Safety Codes.  For a complete list of the adopted Building Codes, please click here.

Permit Review Fees
To view the Village’s building permit fee schedule, please click here.

Building Permit Application

 


 

  • Plumbing  –  Requires a Building Permit.
  • HVAC  –  Requires a Building Permit.
  • Electrical  –  Requires a Building Permit.
  • Building Construction  –  The following types of construction projects require building permits:
    • New commercial buildings
    • Commercial build-outs or alterations
    • New residential buildings
    • Residential additions and alterations
    • External wall signs and freestanding signs

Zoning approval is required for all new construction and additions. If the project is a garage, shed, swimming pool, deck, or roof, please consult the appropriate section below for application information.

Building Permit Application Form
Zoning Permit Application

Demolition


All structural demolition conducted in Village limits requires the issuance of a 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.

Building Permit Application Form

Deck


Any new or expanding deck in the Village of Machesney Park requires a 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. 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.

Building Permit Application Form
Zoning Permit Application

Driveway / Public Works Construction


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 Public Works Construction or Driveway Permit is $20. Along with the Public Works Construction 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.

 

Public Works 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 the application cost is $20. 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.

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)  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)  Shed Permit – The cost for this two-page permit is $20. 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.
Building Permit Application Form
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 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.

Building Permit Application Form

Shed


 

Putting up a shed in a residential dwelling requires a:

  • (1)  Building Permit – If the proposed shed is over 120 sq. ft. in area, a Building Permit needs to be filed. Permit 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)  Shed Permit – The cost for this two-page permit is $20. 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.

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

Building Permit Application Form
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) Sign Permit – Costs will be determined by the Building Clerk once the project has Zoning and Building Approval.

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.

 

Temporary Sign Permit
Sign Permit

Swimming Pools

Swimming pools are allowed in all residential zoning districts in the Village 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 requires 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)  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) 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.

 

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

 

Floodplain Development Permit

There are many areas within the Village that are covered by floodplains. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is responsible for mapping flood-prone areas of the Village, not only along the Rock River, but also along Willow Creek and other unnamed tributaries to the river.  There are several different categories of floodplain, each with different regulations and permitting procedures. Please be aware that there are even areas where construction is prohibited altogether.

The Village requires a floodplain development permit be applied for prior to starting any construction project in the floodplain.  Please contact Carrie Houston, the Planning & Zoning Specialist, at 815-877-5432 with any questions you may have about floodplain development permits.

Floodplain Development Permit Application Form

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