Why do I need a permit?
The permit process is designed to help ensure safety and consistency through building standards that can affect you as a property owner, your neighbors, property values, insurance, and help avoid costly mistakes.
When do I need a permit?
Permits are required for most construction projects. The Permit Handbook provides general information about the types of work that require permit consideration. Exemptions can be found in the City’s Amendments (Section R105.2).
Still unsure? Please email the Building Department at email@example.com or call us at 847.432.0808.
My project does not require a permit, but are there still rules?
Yes, and these are usually governed by the City's zoning code. For example, a permit is not required for a playset but there are still restrictions for location, height, etc. Questions should be directed to the Planning Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 847.432.0867.
How do I submit a permit application?
Permit applications and related documents can be emailed to email@example.com or dropped off at or mailed to 1150 Half Day Rd., Highland Park, IL 60035. A drop box is also available after hours.
What information should I include with a permit application?
All projects are different. Please visit our Permit Applications & Requirements website at www.cityhpil.com/building and scroll to the Permit Submittal Requirements section to look for your project's required information.
What are the City's codes?
Where can I find information about my property such as Zoning, flood hazard, or architectural status?
How do I inquire or submit a question regarding Zoning?
Please email the Planning Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 847.432.0867.
When will my permit be issued?
Once all of the required documents have been received, an application enters the Plan Review phase, which typically lasts 5 to 12 business days (depending on the type of project and information provided). Once approved and the permit fee has been paid, the permit placard and approved drawings will be issued to the applicant.
How much is a building permit?
Permit fees vary and are available on the City’s Annual Fee Resolution page.
How do I pay for a permit?
Once a permit application has been approved (sent to Fee Out), a Permit Tech will send an invoice along with instructions for submitting payment, which can be made online, sent in, or in person.
What are the allowable hours of construction?
Working hours are between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and no work at all on Sunday and holidays.
How do I request an inspection?
Send an email to email@example.com or call 847.432.0808.
- Property address
- Permit number(s)
- ALL requested inspection type(s)
- Name, phone, and email of contact for day of the inspection
- Preferred timeframe of AM (8 a.m. - 12 p.m.) or PM (12 p.m. - 3 p.m.). The cutoff time is 2:30 p.m. for an inspection on the next business day.
Incomplete requests will not be scheduled.
Do I need to be present for an inspection?
Yes. The applicant, property owner, contractor, or other representative should be onsite for the inspection unless otherwise instructed.
NOTE: The plumber must be onsite for any plumbing inspection.
Does the City have residential property standards?
Yes, and these are administered under the City’s Property Maintenance and Housing Code. Please visit the Code Compliance page for more information.
How do I inquire or submit a complaint about a construction project or property condition?
Please email the Building Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 847.432.0808.