Posted on: April 4, 2017

Do I Need a Building Permit?

As the weather begins to warm up, the Building Department has been receiving calls from homeowners and contractors who are anxious to get started on home improvement projects. Here are some helpful hints while planning your spring projects.

Do I Need a Building Permit?
Examples of projects that require a permit include:

  • Roof replacement
  • Furnace or air conditioner replacement
  • Window or patio door replacement or addition
  • Above or in-ground pool or hot tub
  • Fence (replacement or new)AltText
  • Sheds
  • Decks
  • Concrete, asphalt or brick pavers
  • Sewer repair
  • Electrical or plumbing work
  • Lawn sprinklers
  • Detached garage
  • Remodel (depending on scope of work)
  • Temporary or permanent signs (businesses)
  • Masonry mailbox

On-site inspections will be required to confirm that the work is being done properly.  Please note that some permits require multiple inspections (e.g., roof deck inspection before roof is covered with shingles, and pre-pour inspections for concrete or asphalt work).  You will be informed of the required inspections when the permit is issued. Roofs must be completed Monday through Friday to ensure an inspection.

Any contractor working on your property must be registered with the Building Department.  To ensure that your contractor is registered and that there are no related complaints, call the Building Department at 708-687-4050, ext. 1040 to confirm this before signing a contract.

Adhere to Construction Hours
Per city ordinance, no one may conduct property maintenance work, including landscaping, which creates noise between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Contact the Building Department

The best way to verify if you need a permit is to call us at 708-687-4050, ext. 1040.  We will be happy to talk to you about safety, local building codes, and currently licensed contractors.  Visit the Building Department's page for construction guides, permit applications, and other helpful information!

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