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Building Permits

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In order to protect property values and public safety, building permits are required for most construction projects. Secure a permit BEFORE you start to build. Projects that require a building permit include, but not limited to, the following:

If you're not sure whether a permit is required, call the Community Development Department BEFORE you start to build at 630.260.6030.

How to Apply for a Permit

Permits must be applied for at the Community Development Department located on the first floor of the Civic Center, 300 Civic Center Drive, Glendale Heights, Illinois 60139. The department is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm.

The Village adheres to the Building Code requirements regarding who can apply for a residential permit:

International Building Code Section 105, Subsection 105.1 - "Required. Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit."

This equates to permit applications only being accepted when signed by the owner of the property or the "Authorized Agent" (Contractor) who intends to do the work. This is a specific reference to the person applying for the permit and signing the document being one of those two classifications.

"Owner" is a reference to the owner of record on the Deed. Someone with Power of Attorney could sign and submit. (Documentation of proof required)

"Authorized Agent" (Contractor) is a reference to the person doing the work. Such an authorized agent is under contract with the owner of the property "to construct, enlarge... etc." and, per the Code, would be allowed to submit an application. An "Authorized Agent", for the purposes of signing and submitting a permit, does not include a non-owner family member, Realtor or Attorney. (Without proof of Power of Attorney) Contractors must be registered with the Village to submit permit applications.

Submittal requirements depend on the proposed project. Select the project type above or call the Community Development Department at 630.260.6030 for more information.

Community Development also accepts submissions via mail, drop box, fax and email. Mail should be sent to the attention of Community Development at Village Hall. Faxes can be sent to 630.260.1317 and emails sent to Due to data system restrictions, the maximum email attachment size is 25 MB (megabytes). Please call 630.260.6030 to have alternate submission arrangements made if the attachment is larger.

When a project cost is more than $10,000, plans must be prepared by and sealed by a licensed structural engineer or architect.

See Addendums under the Forms and Brochures page.

Permit Review

Once the permit applicaton has been turned in, reviewed and approved, the Village will call to notify you that the permit is ready to be picked up and what the permit fee will be. Sometimes changes to the plans may be required before the permit can be issued. Allow enough time to get the permit approved before you actually want to start construction. It is also best to make sure your permit is approved BEFORE purchasing building materials.

If you live in an area with a Homeowners Association, an approval letter must be submitted with the building permit application.

Building Codes

The Community Development Department reviews plans in general accordance with the following codes:

It should be noted that some of these codes are subject to local amendments. If you have any questions, please contact the Community Development Department at 630.260.6030.


A majority of construction projects require inspections by Village staff. You will be advised what inspections are required and how to schedule inspections when you pick up your permit. The Village of Glendale Heights has implemented several guidelines as part of our efforts to keep the public and Village employees safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. All inspections will adhere to these additional guidelines, which can be found on the inspection requirement form.

Permit Fees

Please see the current building fee ordinance for permit fees.