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Building Permits


Building Permit Application Process
Visit the online Civic Access Portal
NOTE: Previously registered users may need to re-register due to a recent system upgrade.
Please click HERE for instructions.

Civic Access Portal Account Creation Instructions
Permit Application & Inspection Request Instructions


1.  Download, complete, and sign the necessary application(s).
2.  Gather supporting documentation (see requirements below).
3.  Submit all documents to the Building Department via email at or in person at 1150 Half Day Rd., Highland Park, IL 60035 (drop box available after hours).
* Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.
* All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted at the same time.

* Permit fees are calculated according to the City's annual fee schedule upon completion of the review.

Building Department Inspections
Required Inspections Matrix (11x17)
Required Inspections Matrix (8.5x11)

Residential Alarm Pre-Inspection Checklist

Inspection requests can be sent to

Inspection Requests Must Include:
- Property address
- Permit number(s)
- ALL requested inspection type(s)
- Name, phone, & email of contact for day of inspection
- Preferred timeframe of AM (8am-12pm) or PM (12pm-3pm).
   The cutoff time is 2:30pm for an inspection on the next business day.
- Incomplete requests will not be scheduled.

Permit Extension Requests
1.  Email requests to
2.  Include construction site address(es) and permit number(s).
         * 1st extension (for 6 months) is free.

Change of Contractor Process
1. Download, complete, and sign a Change of Contractor request.
2. Download, complete, and sign a new application(s).
       Include existing permit number(s).
3. Email request to with all forms.
4. The email subject line should read:
      Change of Contractor Request: (ADDRESS)

Permit Applications
The City of Highland Park Building Division is now accepting permit applications, payments, and inspection requests through the online Civic Access Portal.  As such, the application forms below are not required when submitting through the Civic Access Portal.

Civic Access Portal Account Creation Instructions

Permit Application & Inspection Request Instructions

Plan Review Transmittal Form: Not for new submittals.
Use this as the cover for any project revisions, design changes, field changes, or any existing permit-related requests. 

Property Owner Authorization Form
This form must be signed by the property owner and submitted with permit applications that are submitted by someone other than the property owner on the Civic Access Portal.

Other Permit-Related Forms & Information

Permit Submittal Requirements

Payments for Permits Applied for ON OR AFTER July 19, 2023

All permits that have been received and entered by the Building Division on or AFTER July 19, 2023 can be viewed, printed, and paid at the City's online Civic Access Portal.  Please note that a user must have a registered account and be listed as a Billing Contact for a given permit.

Payments for Permits Applied for BEFORE July 19, 2023

All permits that were received and invoiced by the Building Division BEFORE July 19, 2023 can be viewed and paid at the City's Access Online Permitting Services page.

Helpful Tips

  • When entering an address to view a permit, you may enter the street number and the first few letters of the street name followed by an asterisk (*), then hit search. 

    • For example, entering “1150 Ha*” would show permits for 1150 Half Day Road.
    • Two periods (..) can be used to search a range.  For example, 09/07/2009..09/09/2009 will retrieve all the permits from 09/07/2009 to 09/09/2009.
  • If you wish to log in (not required): 
    • Choose "Registered Users" or "New User"
    • Follow the prompts to enter or create your user name and password.