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Permits

 

Table 1: Contact information.
ContactPhone
Community Development (630) 434-5515
Inspection Hotline (630) 434-5529

MOST CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS REQUIRE A PERMIT (including patios, driveways, parking lots, decks, fences, etc.). Call Community Development before starting any interior or exterior property improvements.

Depending on the type of work proposed and scope of the project, one or more building permits may be required. (See side-bar at the left) or choose the PDF application below.

General Permit Application Form

Permits represent the Village’s means to ensure that all construction adheres to an established standard. The Village reviews permit documents to make sure that new buildings and modifications to existing structures meet local, state and national standards for construction safety.

Permit Application and Review Process

Once the Village receives a completed permit application (including detailed construction plans), a Project Manager will be assigned to your project. The Project Manager will serve as the contact for any questions. Typically, a first review will take ten business days to complete. Subsequent reviews take about five business days, upon receiving revised construction plans or other requested information.

Most projects require two reviews before a permit is issued.  The Project Manager gathers comments and questions from other Village departments and prepares a review letter outlining those requests for documentation. Once the permit application is approved, the administrative staff contacts the applicant by phone to advise that the permit is approved and what fees are due.

Fees and Bonds

Permit fees cover the Village's costs to review applications and inspect construction. Fees will be applied upon approval of the permit application and must be paid before the permit is issued and work can begin.   

Bonds are often required to ensure that applicants complete certain aspects of the job and protect public infrastructure. Bonds are typically returned to applicants once the project is completed satisfactorily.

Once fees and bonds are calculated by each department reviewing the project, a quote for the total cost with an itemized breakdown will be provided. 

How do I get my bond money back and how long will it take?

Once all final inspections are conducted and passed, the process to refund bonds is started automatically by the assigned Project Manager.  Checks are generally mailed out within three weeks. In some cases, only a temporary certificate of occupancy and partial bond release is granted.  This may be due to seasonal or weather-related conditions.

Inspections

During the course of your project, a variety of required inspections may need to occur. Most inspections require 24-hour notice.  Plumbing inspections require a minimum notice of 48 hours.

How do I schedule, confirm, or change the time of my inspection?

Call the Inspection Hotline at (630)434-5529. Be ready to provide a contact name, phone number, street address, permit number, and the requested type of inspection. Calls received by 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday will allow you to schedule an inspection for the following day, or thereafter, at the next available time slot.  Certain types of inspections are scheduled only as morning (8:30 -11:30 a.m.) or afternoon (1:30-4:00 p.m.)appointments.

Building Codes

The Village currently follows the Building Codes listed below:

Chapter 7 Buildings

Commercial and Multi-Family Construction - Effective until 8/11/2017

  • Current Downers Grove Zoning Ordinance
  • Current Downers Grove Stormwater and Flood Plain Ordinance
  • 2006 International Building Code with D.G. amendments
  • 2014 National Electric Code with D.G. amendments 
  • Current State of Illinois Plumbing Code
  • 2006 International Mechanical Code with D.G. amendments
  • 2006 International Fuel Gas Code with D.G. amendments
  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code with D.G. amendments & State of Illinois amendments
  • 2006 International Property Maintenance Code with D.G. amendments
  • 2006 International Fire Code with D.G. amendments
  • 2003 Life Safety Code - NFPA 101
  • Current State of Illinois Accessibility Code

Commercial and Multi-Family Construction - Effective as of 08/12/2017

  • Current Downers Grove Zoning Ordinance
  • Current Downers Grove Stormwater and Flood Plain Ordinance
  • 2015 International Building Code with D.G. amendments
  • 2014 National Electric Code with D.G. amendments 
  • Current State of Illinois Plumbing Code with D.G. amendments
  • 2015 International Mechanical Code with D.G. amendments
  • 2015 International Fuel Gas Code with D.G. amendments
  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code with D.G. amendments & State of Illinois amendments
  • 2015 International Property Maintenance Code with D.G. amendments
  • 2015 International Fire Code with D.G. amendments
  • 2015 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code with D.G. amendments
  • 2003 Life Safety Code - NFPA 101
  • Current State of Illinois Accessibility Code
Residential Construction - Effective until 8/11/2017
  • Current Downers Grove Zoning Ordinance
  • Current Downers Grove Stormwater and Flood Plain Ordinance
  • 2006 International Residential Code with D.G. amendments
  • 2014 National Electric Code with D.G. amendments 
  • Current State of Illinois Plumbing Code
  • 2006 International Mechanical Code with D.G. amendments
  • 2006 International Fuel Gas Code with D.G. amendments
  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code with D.G. amendments & State of Illinois amendments
  • 2006 International Property Maintenance Code with D.G. amendments
  • The Downers Grove Municipal Code will provide you with information for stormwater, water installs, right-of-ways, streets and amendments to the above list of codes. The easiest way to find this information is to go to the Downers Grove website at www.downers.us. Under the heading of Municipal Code, find the chapter you are looking for, i.e. Chapter 10 is Electrical. Click on the chapter heading, and you can find the amendments to the 2014 National Electrical Code. 
New Residential Construction - Effective as of 08/12/2017
  • Current Downers Grove Zoning Ordinance
  • Current Downers Grove Stormwater and Flood Plain Ordinance
  • 2015 International Residential Code with D.G. amendments
  • 2014 National Electric Code with D.G. amendments 
  • Current State of Illinois Plumbing Code with D.G. amendments
  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code with D.G. amendments & State of Illinois amendments
  • 2015 International Property Maintenance Code with D.G. amendments
  • 2015 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code with D.G. amendments
  • The Downers Grove Municipal Code will provide you with information for stormwater, water installs, right-of-ways, streets and amendments to the above list of codes. The easiest way to find this information is to go to the Downers Grove website at www.downers.us. Under the heading of Municipal Code, find the chapter you are looking for, i.e. Chapter 10 is Electrical. Click on the chapter heading, and you can find the amendments to the 2014 National Electrical Code. 

Chapter 10 Electricity

  • 2014 Electrical Code w/ amendments

Chapter 17.43 Fire

  • 2015 ICC International Fire Code

Chapter 16 Plumbing

  • Current State of Illinois Plumbing Code w/ amendments

Chapter 26 Stormwater and Flood Plain Ordinance

Chapter 28 Zoning Ordinance