The Development Center is located at the front counter within the Community Development Department. The Development Center is the first point of customer contact for all Community Development-related services. Our goal is to create a welcoming environment by effectively and efficiently providing the highest level of customer service through increased access to staff, establishment of clear expectations, and simplifying development processes.
The Development Center staff will respond to walk-in, email, and phone inquiries related to planning, engineering, building permits, inspections, capital project improvements, and complaints. Customers will also be able to submit permit applications, have simple permits issued over-the-counter, obtain a small/medium sized permit through our same day review (SDR) process, submit large sized permits through the traditional plan review process, schedule building and engineering inspections, and/or receive technical and administrative assistance.
Development Center hours
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday (excluding holidays)
When is a permit required?
How do I apply for a Building Permit?
Codes and local code amendments
Specific building regulations, local code amendments, and ordinances can be found on the
Ordinances and Codes webpage.
Over-the-counter permits/Same Day Reviews
Same Day Review (SDR) plan review services are available to residents, developers, builders, and property owners from 8 :30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays).
SDR comments will be made available on-demand via the SDR process for the following permit types:
||Pergolas / Arbors
||Water Service Repairs
||Stoops / Stairs
|| Swimming Pools
|Fire Damage Repairs
||Downspouts / Sump Discharge
|| Lawn Sprinklers
||Fire Damage Repairs
||Parking Lot Repairs
|| Tree Houses
| Slab Replacement
Numerous permit types may be too complex or may require review and approval from local commissions prior to permit issuance. Initial traditional permit reviews are typically available within two weeks and are required for the following permit types:
|New Single-Family Residence
||New Commercial Building
||New Multi-Family Building
|| Wireless Telecommunications
Small Cell Facility
Pre-Application Site Analysis
|| Multi-Family Remodeling
||New Water Service
Third-party plan reviews
Several permit types require specialized review by third-party professionals prior to permit issuance. The following permit types should be submitted directly to Fire Safety Consultants, Inc. (FSCI) at its offices at 2420 Alft Lane, Elgin, IL 60124, (847) 697-1300:
|Fire Alarm Systems
||Fire Sprinkler Systems
||Commercial Hoods / Ducts
||Ansul Systems (Wet or Dry Chemicals)
If you find it more convenient to apply for any permit remotely, online applications can be remitted 24/7 via the Village's ePermits website tools.
After issuance of your permit, various inspections may be required. To review required inspections for your permits, please see the following resources:
Inspections can be scheduled 24 hours or more in advance by contacting the Development Center Inspections line at (847) 904-4320.
"A.M" inspections are performed daily M-F between 7:30 a.m. and 12 noon.
"P.M." inspections are available from March through October only and are performed between 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Development Center contacts
Building & Zoning
Contact the Inspectional Services Division at (847) 904-4330 or by email to
The Village considers buildings to be vacant if they remain boarded or in a state of deterioration for more than six months and/or no longer have a current property listing contract. As such, they are detrimental to public health and safety, contribute to the decrease in value of surrounding properties, precipitate disinvestment by neighboring owners, provide a location for criminal activity and undermine the aesthetic character of the neighborhood and the Village.
It is the obligation of the owner of a vacant property, per Village ordinance, to register the property and to implement a maintenance plan. The form below must be filled out and a $200 application fee paid.