708-343-8700 ext. 4764

Peter Kohut
Building Inspector
708-343-8700 ext. 4763

Office Hours:
9:00 A.M. -1:00 P.M. and 2:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. Monday – Friday

The building department will be closed for lunch between the hours of 1:00 P.M. and 2:00 P.M. Monday – Friday

Inspection Hours:
9:00 A.M. -4:30 P.M. Monday – Friday
Call 24 hours in advance to schedule onsite inspections

General Hours for Construction:
7:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Monday –to Saturday

Building Permits

Building Permit

Contractors License App

Electrical Permit

Garage Permit

Plumbing Permit

Presale Inspection Residential

Presale Inspection Commercial

Building permits are required, but not limited to the following constructions.  You may view City Ordinances online.

  1. Additions
  2. Adding a bathroom
  3. Basement remodeling
  4. Bathroom remodeling
  5. Sewer cleanouts
  6. Driveways:  concrete, asphalt or brick pavers
  7. Demolition: structures and interior gutting
  8. Dormers
  9. Doors:  exterior replacement, adding or changing size
  10. Decks including porches and accessibility ramps
  11. Electric:  service upgrades, adding circuits or equipment
  12. Fences:  new fences and replacement of old fences
  13. Flood control systems
  14. Patio concrete and brick pavers
  15. Gutter replacement
  16. Houses- new construction
  17. Kitchen remodeling
  18. Lawn irrigation systems
  19. Patio concrete and brick pavers
  20. Plumbing replacement or additions
  21. Roofs:  tear offs and re-shingling
  22. Roofs over entrance doors, patios, decks or porches
  23. Sewer lines and connections
  24. Sheds
  25. Siding
  26. Sidewalks concrete or brick pavers
  27. Swimming pools and swimming pool decks
  28. Window:  replacement, adding or changing size
  29. Water line and connections



  1. Contractors, including, but not limited to general, electric, carpentry, roofing, masonry, etc.
  2. Food delivery trucks.
  3. Ice cream trucks-frozen products only
  4. Ice cream pushcarts-frozen products only
  5. Retail, commercial and industrial businesses located in the City of Northlake.
  6. Vending machines.

City of Northlake Building Codes

  • 2003 International Building Code including Appendices
  • 2003 International Property Maintenance Code
  • 2003 International Mechanical Code
  • 2003 International Fire Code
  • 2003 International Residential Code
  • 2002 National Electric Code
  • State of Illinois Plumbing Code current edition (see General Plumbing Requirements)
  • 2015 Edition of the International Energy Conservation Code as mandated by the State of Illinois


All contractors and sub- contractors working in the City of Northlake must be registered with the City.  Please complete the Contractors License Application and submit with the $75 fee along with a $10,000 bond and a Certificate of Insurance naming the City of Northlake as the holder.  License is good for one (1) year.  Always ask to see your contractor’s City of Northlake Contractor’s License.

NEW FEDERAL LEAD LAW: all renovators, and contractors

Beginning April 22, 2010, contractors who are paid to replace windows or renovate residential houses, apartments and child-occupied facilities built before 1978 must be certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  This rule is aimed at preventing lead poisoning among children and adults.

Therefore the City of Northlake Building Dept. will be requiring all contractors to provide a Renovation Certification before obtaining building permits after April 22, 2010.  Note:  This is a federal rule it applies to every city and village in every state.  Always ask to see your contractor’s lead certification.

For more information about the Renovation, Repair and Painting rule, contact the Cook County Department of Public Health at 708-492-2076 or log on to

Siding Deposit:

As of November 2009, the City of Northlake will be requiring a $167.50 deposit for all siding permits.  This deposit will cover any damage done to the water meter reading device attached to the house.

Your deposit will be refunded only after the Water Department has inspected the device and has found it to be in working order. If you have any questions, please contact the Building Department at 708-343-8700.

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