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1420 Miner St
Des Plaines IL 60016
Building Department information for City of Des Plaines, IL

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City of Des Plaines, IL - Building Department Information

The following Building Department information is available for City of Des Plaines, IL

Building and Related Codes and Amendments

Last updated on 12/13/2017

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As of January 1, 2016 The City of Des Plaines will be utilizing:

  • 2015 International Building Code
  • 2015 International Residential Code
  • 2015 International Fire Code
  • 2015 International Mechanical Code
  • 2015 International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2015 International Property Maintenance Code
  • 2014 Version of: National Electrical Code
  • Building Code Updates 2017-08-29
  • Des Plaines Building Code Amendments

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Building Requirements

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Permit Information and Forms

Permit Overview

The City's Community and Economic Development Department (CED) is here to help with your questions Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Permits are required for a number of different projects to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our residents. (See our General Permit Information)

The following is a list of our most popular permits, but a complete listing can be found at our Virtual City Hall for your convenience.

Activities that Require Building Permits

Following is a list of projects that require a City of Des Plaines Building Permit. This list is not all-inclusive:

  • Fences, decks and stairs, concrete, asphalt, or paver brick driveways, sidewalks, patios, stoops, and stairs
  • Demolitions, doors (Exterior), extensive interior remodeling work
  • Fire sprinklers and mechanical systems (heating and air conditioning)
  • Grading changes, retention walls, or other landscaping involving topographical changes
  • New electric service or additional devices requiring new lines, new structures and any structural changes, plumbing (water heaters, etc.)
  • Roofing, re-roofing, or tear-off, sewer repairs or clean-outs, sheds, shoring and foundation repairs, siding, signs, banners, tents, swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs, and window


Licensing Information

Our Requirements

The City of Des Plaines requires that specific contractors working in the community carry the appropriate license and permit bond for the project. Our knowledgeable staff works with contractors on a daily basis to ensure the finished product complies with the City's building standards. Below is a list of basic requirements, or you can access the Contractor License and Application online.

Questions? Please call 847.391.5366.

Type of
Contractor's License Required License and Permit
Carpenter Yes
Concrete / Asphalt Yes
Demolition Yes
Electrician Yes
Certificate of Registration
Excavator Yes
Fence Yes
General Contractor Yes
General Contractor (Homeowner serving as general contractor)

Letters of responsibility
as necessary
Mason Yes
Plumber State of Illinois License
Roofer Yes State of Illinois License
Sewer Only Yes
Sign Installer Yes $5,000

Additional Information

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