While most minor repairs do not require a building permit, many projects may only be performed after securing a permit from Community Development. All work will have to be inspected to ensure compliance with the City’s building codes.
Owner-occupants of single family residences may do most of their own work; however, electrical service upgrades must be done by a licensed electrician. Commercial, industrial, and multi-family construction projects generally require licensed and bonded contractors.
You can find out if your project requires a building permit by contacting 311. For fee information, view the Building Permit Fee Schedule.
Community DevelopmentPhysical Address
150 Dexter Court
Elgin, IL 60120
Phone: 847-931-5920Fax: 847-931-6790
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Planning & Zoning Counter Review Hours
(Planners are available for items requiring planner review and approval)
Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Prevent delays when you sell your home! The city cannot issue a transfer stamp for a property with outstanding issues, such as an open permit. An open permit is one where either the contractors or homeowner did not call the city to conduct the final inspection. The most common type of open permit is for a fence, shed, re-roofing, or hot water heater. Enter your address at the link below to see if your property has any permits with the “APPROVED” status. If so, call 311 (from within Elgin) or (847) 931-5920 (if outside the city limits) to schedule an inspection for that permit. Or, you can email your request. Please have ready (or include) your address and permit number for faster service. Click here to check for an open permit.