With the changes in weather, many home owners will take on home improvement projects.  If you are having work done on or in your home, please remember the following permit and code requirements:

Hours for construction are 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  If temperatures are above 95 degrees Fahrenheit, work can begin at 6:00 a.m.  No work can be performed on the following holidays:  Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

Typically a permit is required for the following common projects:  Cleanouts, driveways, doors, decks, fences, gutter and downspouts, roofs, sheds, siding, and window replacements.

Application Requirements:

  • Application: Filled out completely.
  • Plat of Survey: Submitted along with all permits for new construction, additions and accessory structures, including replacing patios / decks and driveways.  Plat of Survey must be current and reflect all structures on the property.  Applications will be denied if a current plat of survey is not submitted with the application.
  • Site Plan: Required for new construction, additions and accessory structures, drawn to scale, with the building dimensions noted.  The site plan can be shown on the plat of survey.  New construction plans are reviewed by a consulting building official.  All building review fees are paid by the building permit applicant.
  • Engineering / Grading Plan: Required for new construction or for any permit that will be disturbing the soil (large patios, in-ground pools or major landscaping).  Engineering/grading plans are reviewed by a consulting engineering for storm water management compliances.  All engineering review fees are paid by the building permit applicant.
  • Copy of contract or estimate: Details the scope of work and the cost of the job.
  • Contractor’s License: All contractors are required to be listed on a permit application and be registered with the City.
  • Permit Card: Required to be displayed in a window or door that faces the street and is un-obstructed.  Failure to display the permit card will result in a fine.
  • U.L.I.E.: Upon receiving your permit, call J.U.L.I.E. and they will arrange to visit your property and mark the locations of the underground utilities.  Call J.U.L.I.E. at 811 or (800) 892-0123.

Inspections:  Inspections will be listed on the Permit Card.  The owner/contractor is responsible for obtaining all inspections.  FAILURE TO CALL FOR AN INSPECTION WILL RESULT IN FINES.  It is recommended that a homeowner does not make their final payment to their contractor until a final inspection has been completed and approved.  This protects the homeowner by ensuring that the contractor has done the work according to the plans approved by the Building Department and the City Code.

  • Inspections occur Monday – Friday within the times of 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Permits shall become invalid unless the work authorized is completed within 365 days after issuance, or if the work is suspended or abandoned for a period of 180 days after the time work is initiated.  The exception is unless an extension has been requested to and authorized by the Building Official.

If you have questions about building permits or possible violations, please contact the Building Department at (708) 343-8700 or visit the City of Northlake’s web site at

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