Common Permits

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding a Building Permit.

The following are examples of projects that may require a building permit or registration. If your proposed project is not on this list, please contact the Building Department at or 847-356-6100 to see if a permit or registration is required.

Projects that require a building permit or registration

All Kitchen and Bathroom Fixtures, Remove and Replace or Installing New Fixtures

Furnace Replacement

Heating Work - Any Changes or Additions

Cutting Down or Removing Trees


Installation of Wood Burning Stove

Building or rennovation of a deck

Principal Structure

Deck Board/Railing Replacement

Plumbing Work - Any Changes or Additions


Air Conditioner Replacement 

Detached Garage

Private Kennel Fence Areas


Lawn Sprinkling (Irrigation) System

Driveway Installation - New or Resurfacing Existing Driveway

Removing or Erecting Partition Walls

Replacing or Changing Electrical Service

Digging, Filling or Clearing of Property

Aluminum Soffit Overlay/Porch Ceiling Overlay

Dumbwaiter, Escalator, Elevator

Re-Roofing (Shingle Replacement)

Electric Lighting for Outside House/Yard

Residential Television Tower/Satellite Dish

Moving, Raising, Shoring or Underpinning Structures

Electric Work - Any Changes or Additions

Retaining Wall on Lot Line

Fences, New and Replacement



Finishing Basement (Build Out)

Installation of Fireplace, etc.

Installation of Kitchen Cabinets, etc.

Installation of Windows in which the Opening needs to be Larger

Paneling of Interior Walls

Tents over 1000 square feet

Hot Tubs

Swimming Pool, Above or Below Ground

Commercial Building -Change of Use

Building or improving a Sea Wall

Fuel Pump/Tank Above or Below Ground

Seasons Room Enclosures

Parking Lots

Accessory Structure 200 sq. ft. or larger (Deck, Gazebo, Shed, Pergola)



Commercial Window Replacement

Radio Towers, Residential

Commercial Re-roofing (Shingle Replacement) 



Projects that don't require a building permit

Replacing Sump Pump Installing Hardwood Floor, Tile, etc. Shrubs, etc.
Aluminum Fascia, Window Covering Installing Storm Doors, Storm Windows and Screens Recreation Equipment
Brick Paver Sidewalk, or Patio Outdoor Solar Lighting for House Repairing Roof up to 2 Square Shingles
Concrete Slab, Sidewalk, Patio or Stoops Painting House/Deck, etc. Replacing Fire Alarms and Smoke Detection Batteries
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