What type of permits do I need?


BUILDING PERMITS Building permits are reviewed and issued through the Department of Code Administration, a division of Community Development. For more information, please visit the Commercial and Residential Permits webpage or call the Community Development Dept. 847-931-5920. To apply for a permit please visit the Community Development Department at City Hall, 150 Dexter Ct. Elgin, IL 60120.

RESIDENTIAL PERMITS There are many residential permits including those for accessory structures (sheds, decks, garages etc.), home improvements, mechanical, plumbing and electrical projects. To determine if a permit is required for your project please visit the Commercial and Residential Permits webpage or call the Community Development Dept. 847-931-5920. To apply for a permit please visit the Community Development Department at City Hall, 150 Dexter Ct. Elgin, IL 60120.

ENGINEERING PERMITS Engineering permits are also required for any projects within the City's public right-of-way or on City owned and maintained infrastructure. Examples include sidewalk, curb and gutter repairs, driveway approach and street cut projects. For more information about engineering permits please visit the Engineering Permit webpage or call the Engineering Dept. 847-931-5955. *NOTE: Community Development will issue permits.

SPECIAL EVENTS PERMITS To hold a special event, a special event permit must be obtained. For more information and to apply, please visit the Special Events page, email specialevents@cityofelgin.org or call the City of Elgin, Special Event Coordinator at 847-531-7056 and set up an appointment.

SOLICITOR OR HANDBILL PERMIT Vendors must apply for a permit to conduct "door-to-door" solicitations. For more information and to apply, go to Solicitor and Handbill Permit page or contact the City of Elgin Finance Department at 847-931-5635.

OVERWEIGHT/OVERSIZE VEHICLE PERMIT The Elgin Police Department requires all vehicles traveling on city streets have a permit and obey posted and standard restrictions regarding vehicle weight. Motor vehicles may not carry more than 80,000 pounds on any street within Elgin. They can carry even less on bridges or other areas where a lower weight limit is posted. The city enforces these regulations through portable weigh stations and other checkpoints that may require all commercial vehicles to stop and be tested. Failure to obey the posted weight limit or stop at a checkpoint may result in heavy fines and penalties. There are also restrictions on length and width of trucks able to access city roads. For more information about overweight vehicles, or to report a vehicle that you believe is operating illegally, contact the police department at 847-289-2661 between 7:30 A.M and 4:00 P.M., Monday through Friday. You may also email elgin311@cityofelgin.org. Need an overweight permit? Please visit the Oxcart Permit website to obtain a permit. All permits will be reviewed by the Elgin Police Department traffic unit. 

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