Many activities require notification of JULIE (Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators) before you dig for safe digging in Illinois. Some of these activities, such as tree planting and landscaping, do require a call to JULIE even though they do not require a building permit.
For more information, contact JULIE at 8-1-1 or 1-800-892-0123. You may also make a request online.
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If you are unsure if your project requires a permit, contact Community & Economic Development at 630.350.3413.
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Permits provide the property owner with the following:
Any work that requires a structural change such as:
Residential: New Construction, Additions, Remodels, Driveways, Patios, Decks, Water Heater Replacement, Furnace, A/C replacement, Sheds, Detached Garages, Roof, Gutters, Siding, Sanitary Sewer Replacement, Demolition, Chicken Coop Installations, Window Replacements*
Non-Residential: New Construction, Additions, Remodels, Parking Lot, Curb Replacement, All Plumbing, Mechanical, Electric Work, Accessory Structures, Fire Sprinkler Installations/ Modifications, Demolition, Sign Installations, Warehouse Racking
*no permit required, however owner must provide efficiency rating of windows to be installed to ensure compliance with 2015 Illinois Energy Conservation Code.
If you are unsure if your project requires a permit, contact Community & Economic Development at 630.350.3413. Staff does not recommend proceeding with any project without obtaining the appropriate permit. You may be asked to take down or remove whatever work has been completed and start the project over in its entirety.
The items vary based on permit type.
The type of work to be completed determines the length of time required in issuing a permit. Other factors that play a role on the time it takes to issue a permit are accurate drawings, contractor requirements and accurately completing all necessary paperwork. For more information, please contact Community & Economic Development at 630.350.3413.
Once a permit is issued it is valid for a period of six months.
The property owner is ultimately responsible for obtaining permits or ensuring that the appropriate permits have been obtained before the start of any project. The issue of who actually obtains the permit is between the property owner and the general contractor.