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.
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.
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.
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.