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Posted on: May 13, 2021

Do I Need a Building Permit?

Building Permit

Do I Need a Building Permit?

Yes, you do.  A permit allows the code official to reduce potential hazards of unsafe construction to provide for public health, safety and welfare.  By following code guidelines, your completed project will meet minimum standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, and your friends or future owners.  Mandatory inspections complement the contractor’s experience and act as a system of checks and balances resulting in a safer project.

Examples of projects that require a permit include:

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

Inspections
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.

Contractors
Any contractor working on your property must be registered with the Building Department. Call the Building Department at (708) 444-4817 to confirm that your contractor is registered and that there are no related complaints before signing a contract.

Adhere to Construction Hours
Monday-Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

It is unlawful to allow or permit any building or construction, including construction related noises such as delivery or equipment or material or operation of tools and machinery on private property outside these hours.

Contact the Building Department
The best way to verify whether you need a permit is to call the Building Department at (708) 444-4817. Building Department professionals are available to talk with you about safety, local building codes, and currently licensed contractors. For construction guides, permit applications and other helpful information, remember to visit the City of Oak Forest website at www.oak-forest.org. 

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