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Whether you are thinking of home improvement, remodeling or building a new home, the City’s goal is to ensure quality construction for the homeowner. Obtaining a building permit requires completion of four easy steps:
Step 1: Apply
For any permit to be issued, we require you to submit a completed application along with accurate supporting documentation so that we can understand your project and make sure it complies with City Code. Many of our applications already specify which supporting documentation and/or details to include, e.g., a scope of work, a plat of survey, blueprints, elevations, floor plans, three-dimensional drawings, plumbing and/or electrical diagrams, manufacturer’s specifications (cut sheets), etc. However, please call us with any questions prior to applying as a consultation with a third party design professional may be advised. Below is a list of the most common residential building permit applications.
If you are a contractor pulling a permit, please click here for a registration application and submittal requirements. If your home is part of a Homeowner’s Association, please be made aware that there may be guidelines and approvals to be followed before your permit can be issued.
Residential Building Permit Applications
Don’t see your project listed here? Please call our office and we can help you determine the right application and what supporting documentation is required.
Step 2: Obtain Permit
You may submit your permit application in person at our office or by mail. For roof and siding permits only, you may submit applications online or by fax or email. The review time for permit applications varies from 3 to 5 days for driveways, fences, patios and sheds and 10 business days for all other types of permits. Our office will notify you once the permit has been reviewed and advise you of the next step to take. Please plan to pay for your permit when you stop in to pick it up. Checks should be made payable to City of West Chicago, but credit/debit and cash payments are also accepted.
Step 3: Begin Work
It is important that you or your contractor begin work after you have obtained your permit. If work has already begun without the proper permit, a Stop-Work Order may be issued and fines and increased permit fees may apply. If work has been completed without a permit, it is possible that your project will have to be dismantled or removed. Following these Building Permit steps will ensure proper compliance and avoid unnecessary problems.
Step 4: Schedule Inspection
Once the permit is issued, you will be informed if any City inspections are required for completion of the work. Please note that it is the builder’s—whether that is you as the homeowner or your contractor—responsibility to request all required inspections from our department. Please call our department 630-293-2200, extension 131 or 141 to request inspections or ask any questions. We require 24 hours notice to schedule an inspection for the following day.
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