The Permit Processing Division (formerly the Building & Property Standards Department) is responsible for ensuring that the buildings, structures and properties within Oak Park are constructed, improved and preserved with regard to safety of life and property.
Division staff enforce the Village’s Housing Code and property maintenance ordinances through several inspection and permit programs. Staff also mitigates emergency hazards, including arranging for board-ups or other temporary measures necessary to expedite abatement of nuisances and hazardous conditions. Costs incurred for emergency services typically are billed to the property owner.
Whenever a building permit is submitted, the Village checks to ensure that the proposed work complies with local, state and federal laws designed to ensure accessibility to individuals with disabilities, including the Americans With Disabilities Act. The Village also works to promote voluntary upgrades of properties to make them accessible. Many accessibility improvements are readily achievable with minimal cost. Upon request, the Chief Building Inspector will advise property owners who wish to obtain a free and voluntary assessment of their existing building, and make recommendations on ways to accomplish accessibility goals.
Anyone with a special need who would like to attend a Village-sponsored event or meeting, should contact the ADA Compliance Officer for assistance at least 48 hours prior to the event or meeting.
Certificate of Insurance
Contractors are required to have a valid certificate of insurance on file with the Village of Oak Park. Proof of insurance should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Permits Processing Division regulates new construction, renovations and repairs to buildings and structures to ensure compliance with the Village’s building codes and other pertinent laws and acts through the performance of on-site construction inspections and actively seeking out work being performed without permits. The division provides building inspections on an emergency basis in response to fire, wind or other damage to buildings or structures. Additional services are related to managing and tracking third-party inspection services related to elevators and other conveyances, construction trade inspections and plan reviews. Other types of inspections include the following:
- Residential property via the Neighborhood Walk Program
- Vacant buildings
- Multi-family residential buildings with four or more rental units
- Condominium common areas
- Commercial buildings for maintenance and fire/life-safety hazards,
- Business licenses
- Special events
- Sales of multi-family residential buildings with four or more rental units
- Property complaint resolution
Construction permits are legal requirements intended to protect the health, safety and welfare of citizens. Permits are required for most property improvement projects. Any work governed by building, electrical, mechanical or plumbing codes, or the zoning ordinance requires a permit so that inspections can be made for compliance with the relevant regulations. Examples of work that requires a permit:
- Any new structure or addition to an existing structure such as decks, garages, porches, porch roofs, fences and sheds.
- Alterations such as furring and finishing basement or attic walls; installing new windows, cabinets and countertops, new gutters and/or downspouts; cutting of any wall or partition; landscaping involving concrete work; and any work involving the extension or alteration of the electrical, plumbing or heating or air conditioning systems.
- Repairs such as re-roofing, replacing sidewalks and/or driveways, and rebuilding porches, guardrails or stairs
Online Building Permits
Online permitting expedites processing of simple permits for work at one- and two-family residential dwelling units. Permits for work that requires approval by an association or landlord, such as on condominiums, apartment units or other types of ownership or tenancy, may not be applied for under the online permits system.
To process an online permit you will need to provide an e-mail address to receive your permit placard and transaction receipt, a credit card for payment and a printer to print the placard. Most major credit cards are accepted. However, American Express is not accepted.
This system will process permits only for the types of work listed below. Follow the link within the categories listed below to begin the online permit process. Once you begin the process, do not use your browser's forward/back buttons.
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Construction and Zoning Permit Fees
The Construction & Zoning Permit Fee Schedule is posted on the forms page of this website. Forms are listed in alphabetical order by title
Nearly any type of electrical work requires a permit from the Village. A separate permit from a general construction permit is necessary because electrical work requires specialized skills and knowledge. Electrical work done improperly can have tragic results, particularly in older, more fire-prone housing stock such as found in Oak Park.
Division staff review plans to verify proposed construction compliance with the Village’s building codes and ordinances and other pertinent laws and acts. Division staff coordinates and tracks plan review activities of multiple Village departments, including processing permit applications and archiving all submittal and inspection documents.
Nearly any type of plumbing requires a permit from the Village. A permit separate from a general construction permit is required because plumbing requires specialized skills and knowledge. Improper plumbing work can cause significant water damage to a building. Owners of single-family homes may obtain a plumbing permit by signing an affidavit attesting to their intent to do the work themselves.
Any business intending to construct, maintain, display or alter a sign must obtain a permit. Applicants are required to pay a one-time permit application fee and, thereafter, an annual fee.
Types of signs that are allowed include multiple-surface signs, awnings, canopies, marquees, freestanding signs, projecting signs and wall signs. Signs that are not allowed include signs which move or appear to move, roof signs, flashing or blinking lights, signs on the public right-of-way and signs on vacant spaces.
Temporary signs are allowed for up to 60 days as long as they are mounted and properly maintained. Permanent and temporary window signs must not occupy more than 50 percent of the window area, except in downtown Oak Park where special sign restrictions are in place. The design, size, content and structure of all signs must meet all other requirements specified in the sign ordinance. The Community Design Commission considers requests for variances from the sign ordinance.
Forms, Permits, and Applications
Listed below in alphabetical order are most forms used to conduct business with the Village of Oak Park. The forms are Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files that must be downloaded, completed and returned to the appropriate party. Some forms may be available for electronic filing - just search the site using the search bar at the top of the page.
911 Functional Needs Registry Form
Address Assignment Request
Animal License Application
Application for Employment
Applicant EEO Data Form
Automatic Water Bill Payment
Block Party Application
Block Sale Regulations & Petition
Building Permit Application
Business Check Approval Request
Citizen Advisory Commission Application
Condo Association Approval Notice
Construction & Zoning Fee Permit Schedule
Contractor License Registration
Crime-Free Housing Rental Lease Addendum
Demolition Permit Application
Disabled Parking Space Application
Electrical Permit Application
Elevator Permit Application
Filming Permit Application
Fire System Permit Application
Freedom of Information Request Form
Green Award Nomination Form
Guest parking Pass/Meter Key Application
Historic Preservation Certificate of Appropriateness
Historic Landmark Nomination Form
Hotel/Motel Tax Return
HVAC Permit Application
July 4 Parade Registration Form
Liquor Tax Return
Model Lease Addendum
Mural Project Application Packet
Parking Permit/Vehicle Sticker Application
Plan Commission Appearance Form - Attorney
Plan Commission Appearance Form - Interested Party
Plan Review Application
Planned Development Application
Plumbing Permit Application
Real Estate Transfer Tax Form
Residential Rental License Application
Restoration Deposit Refund Form
Right-of-Way Obstruction Permit
Right-of-Way Opening Application
Sign Permit Application
Special Event Application
Tank Permit Application
Temporary Food Permit Application
Unoccupied Building Registration Form
Volunteer Application - online form
Water Bill Automatic Payment Authorization
Water Service Calculation Worksheet
Water Service Upgrade Worksheet