What kind of projects require building permits?

Any work that requires a structural change such as:

  • All electrical and plumbing work
  • All fire suppression and detection work
  • All HVAC work
  • Alterations involving moving or adding walls
  • Any types of additions
  • Exterior wall mounted signs
  • Fences, decks, driveways, patios, retaining walls
  • Hot tubs
  • Parking lots
  • Pools
  • Spas
  • Windows and roofs

Please note, this list is not comprehensive. If you are unsure if your project requires a permit, contact the Building Division at (630) 773-5568. 

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1. What kind of projects require building permits?
2. As the homeowner, can I do the work myself and if I am doing the work myself, do I still need to get a permit?
3. What if I get caught doing work without have a building permit?
4. How do I obtain a Building Permit?
5. How long does it take to obtain a building permit? Do permits expire?
6. Who is responsible for obtaining the permit?
7. Do I need inspections? How do I set them up?
8. What if I need to make changes to my approved plans during construction?
9. What are the hours when construction work can be done?
10. Construction is now underway at my neighbor’s property. May I see the plans that were approved?
11. Can you tell me the zoning classification of a property?
12. Do I need a permit for a garage sale?
13. Is peeling paint a code violation? Is there anything you can suggest that might persuade my neighbor to paint his unsightly garage door?