Small Residential Projects

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Most projects require a building permit. The following list is a guide to assist you in determining if the work you are contemplating requires a permit. If you do not see your project listed below, please call Building at 815-356-3605 for clarification. Please see the following documents if you would like more information on how to obtain a permit for your upcoming project: 

Driveway Information                                 Storable Above Ground Pools
Deck/Porch Information                              Patio/Sidewalk Information
Fence Information                                      Roofing Information
Fire Pit Information                                    Shed/Accessory Structure Information 
Hot Tub and Spa Information                      Window Installation/Replacement Information 
Above Ground Pool Information                  Annual Recreational/Bonfire Permit Application
In Ground Pool Information
It is important to be clear as to the scope of the proposed work. Detailed plans are essential for a timely permit review.


For a list of inspections required for various projects and a description of the procedure for requesting inspections, please see the Inspections page.

In-Progress Inspections

In-progress inspections are performed to ensure the proper installation of windows, doors, siding, and roofs. Windows and doors are inspected to ensure that the proper flashing is installed and that the manufacturers installation instructions are followed. Roofs are inspected to verify that the ice barrier protection and underlayment has been installed correctly. The number and type of roof vents are also checked for code compliance. 

Ice and Water Shield


Simplified Building Permit Application  
Residential Permits  
Commercial/Industrial Permits 
Building Codes 
Contractor Bonds  

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