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33 S Arlington Heights Rd
Arlington Heights IL 60005
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Village of Arlington Heights, IL - Building Department Information

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Building and Related Codes and Amendments

Last updated on 12/7/2017

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Arlington Heights New Construction Codes

The Building & Life Safety Department is dedicated to ensuring the public safety and welfare of the community by ensuring buildings and structures on private property are installed and maintained to safe standards and conform with the Municipal Code.

If you are building a new building or modifying an existing structure, check with the Building & Life Safety Department to see what permits are required for the protection of the property owner, neighborhood and the village.

For additional clarification or questions, please call Building Services at 847-368-5560.

Village of Arlington Heights, IL Municipal Code

The Municipal Code is online, providing users a convenient way to view all chapters of the Code and to easily search the Code, Ordinances and Resolutions. Chapter 28, which contains Zoning regulations, is included in a separate folder which is referenced "Chapter 28". When review of the online version of the Code is completed, users are reminded to click on the word "Logout" on the upper right hand corner of the web page featuring the Code, Ordinances and Resolutions. Logging out of the page is necessary to ensure other users are able to easily access the information.

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Permit Information and Forms

Permits and Licensing

The Village's forms and license applications you need, whether remodeling your home, working on a commercial property, needing a business license or planning a community event, are found here. More forms will continually be added to this section of the website, and more of them will be made into online forms to add convenience for our customers. If you cannot locate a specific form or application, please call the Village at 847.368.5000.

Most of the forms below pertain to many residential and commercial building projects which require permit applications for the protection of the property owner, neighbors and Village. In preparing for your project, please review the Business Resource Guide to the Development and Permit Process, by clicking on the Download Permits Licenses & Guides button below. This guide provides a summary of the Village codes, regulations, policies and requirements that are designed to establish construction standards for our community.

Permit and Process Guide

Applying for a Permit
Please adhere to the following when applying for a permit. All permits, licenses and applications listed below are available on our Permits & Licenses and Applications & Guides page. Just click on the Download Permits Licenses & Guides button above.

Once you have all of the documents necessary for your permit, submit them to Building & Life Safety. Only fully completed permit submittals can be accepted for review and approval. For some projects, an initial plan review fee will be due at the time of the application.

Building Permits
Building Permits must be obtained before work begins. Work started without a permit will be stopped, and the responsible party(ies) will be charged four times the permit fee.

Contractor's or Homeowner As Contractor License
A Contractor's License is required for anyone, other than the property owner, who is doing work in the Village of Arlington Heights, even without compensation. This process involves filling out the contractor’s license application and paying all applicable fees. If applicable, submit a "Homeowner as General Contractor" application.

Plan Review Fee
A plan review fee may be due when submitting an application. An additional permit fee may be due at when picking up permit. A plan review fee covers the cost of reviewing the plan for compliance with Village codes. The permit fee covers the cost of inspections, office assistance and permanent storage of your documents. The plan review fees are paid at the time of application and the permit fees are due at the time of pick-up.

Deviations from approved drawings require addendums to permit drawings and subsequent approvals by all applicable reviewers. Be sure to obtain permission from Building & Life Safety prior to making any changes to the approved plans. If the drawings change, a cover letter with the architect’s signature, seal and expiration date describing the change is required, as well as three new sets of architecturally clouded drawings. If this involves changes to electrical and/or plumbing, a new electrical and/or plumbing permit application is also required. If the plumber or electrician change, a new permit application is required with a copy of the new plumber/electrician’s license. A letter from the owner stating the change from the former contractor to the new contractor is also required. If the general contractor or any of the subcontractors change, a letter from the owner stating the change from the former contractor to the new contractor is required. The new contractor is also required to be licensed in the Village of Arlington Heights. For any changes made, an Addendum Permit Application is required. Revisions may take 2-3 weeks to process.

After receiving the final inspections, the applicant will be required to fill out the either the Request for Temporary Occupancy form or the Request for Final Occupancy form to receive the Certificate of Occupancy. The Building & Property Inspector who inspected the project will notify the applicant within 5 business days when the Certificate of Occupancy is ready.

Guaranty Deposit Bond
A Guaranty Deposit Bond is required for all work that extends into public property such as curbs, walks, parkway trees, etc. The fee for the bond covers the cost of possible repairs and re-inspections.

Permit Review & Timeline

Building Services coordinates all interdepartmental permit reviews and plan reviews. Plan reviews verify that construction plans/drawings, proposed drawings for non-construction changes and all requested revisions are in compliance with building, electrical, fire-safety, plumbing, other building control system's codes and Village design standards.

Permit Pickup
The applicant will be contacted when a permit is approved and ready for pick-up. All contractors must be licensed in the Village of Arlington Heights prior to the issuance of any permit. Anyone, other than the property owner, who is doing work on a project, even without compensation, must be registered as a contractor. This process involves filling out the contractor’s license application and paying all applicable fees. Electrician, plumbers and fire alarm contractors are exempt from this process.

An additional permit fee will be due at the time of pickup. Some fees may include a refundable bond, which provides assurance that work will be completed in the manner for which it was approved and that all work is inspected, as required. A fee will be deducted from the bond for each failed inspection, including projects which are not ready when the inspector arrives. If no extensions have been granted, the bond will be forfeited on those permits not completed within one year.

If applicable at the time of issuance, any notes from the Village plan reviewers will be transferred to the official “Job Site” copy at that time. A “Job Site” copy is a set of approved plans by the Village stamped and signed by the Director of Building & Life Safety. The “Job Site” copy is to remain on the job site for the Village Inspectors. Inspections will not be made unless this set is available at the construction site. The “Job Site” copy is issued to the applicant, when the permit is issued . This “Job Site” copy also includes revisions and addendums that were submitted.

The transferring of comments to all sets of plans is the responsibility of the applicant and any omission does not relieve the applicant from complying with the comments. Work authorized by a permit must begin within six months from the date the permit was issued and must also be completed within one year.  

View our Fees document for a list of fees for Building Permits, Plan Reviews, Systems and other structures requiring fees.

Do I Need a Permit?

Any owner, or authorized agent, of a residential home and private property, condominium, townhouse, restaurant or commercial building who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by the Municipal Code, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the Village and obtain a required permit. The following is a list of projects that require a Village of Arlington Heights permit. The list is not all- inclusive:

  • Fences, decks and stairs, concrete, asphalt or paver brick driveways, walkways, patios, sunrooms and stoops
  • Demolitions, additions, extensive remodeling projects
  • Grading changes, retention walls, window wells, sheds, gazebos, pergolas, or any other landscaping involving topographical changes
  • New electrical service or additional devices requiring new lines, new structures and any structural changes, plumbing work, sump pump installation , underground lawn sprinklers, water heaters, generators, heating and air conditioning installation or replacement
  • Roofing, re-roofing, sewer repairs or clean-outs, shoring and foundation repairs, windows, swimming pools and hot tubs.

The following work does not require a permit:

  • Painting
  • Carpeting
  • Trim work
  • Flooring
  • Cabinet installation. Relocation, change in layout or electrical work will require a permit.

How Can I Get Help With a Permit?

If you have any questions regarding the permit application, process, inspections or requirements, please contact Building & Life Safety by phone at 847.368.5560, , or visit the Building & Life Safety department, located on the first floor of Village Hall at 33 S. Arlington Heights Road.

For new single family homes, additions that substantially increase the overall square footage or modify the exterior appearance of the home, and commercial projects, please be sure to first discuss your project with the Planning and Community Development Department at 847.368.5200 regarding applicable requirements.

Licensing Information

Business License, Liquor Licenses, and other Applications

Most projects in the Village, from building a house to making improvements on your property, from building a large development to opening a new business, requires an application for a permit or license. All permits, licenses, applications and guides that are needed for residents, contractors, developers, businesses or people planning a community event can be downloaded from the corresponding folder below.

In preparing for a building project or large development, please review the Business Resource Guide to the Development and Permit Process, available in both the Community Planning & Zoning and Residential & Commercial folders below. The guide provides a summary of the Village codes, regulations, policies and requirements that are designed to establish construction standards which provide for the general health, safety and welfare of the community.


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