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Department of Community Development


Permit and License Fees Updated for FY14-15. ‚Äč On April 21, 2014, the Village Board of Trustees adopted ordinance increasing the business and contractor license, and building permit fee schedules for the upcoming fiscal year. Both ordinances are published on the Building Permit page. The new schedule will be effective May 1, 2014. Please contact the Community Development Department if you have any questions. (POSTED 04/22/2014)

Proposed FAR/Text Amendment (Zoning Case #463) - On April 17, 2014, the Zoning Board of Appeals/Plan Commission continued their public hearing discussion regarding the Village's current zoning regulations governing floor area and floor area ratio standards (20.5.4C) and various other related zoning provisions. At the conclusion of the hearing they recommended approval of the proposed text amendment amending the zoning ordinance definition for Floor Area (Section 20.2.2) as illustrated on Exhibit A and outlined on Exhibit B-revised. They also recommended that the text amendment not be applied to building permits requested prior to 6 months after Village Board of Trustees’ adoption of the enacting ordinance for said text amendment in deference to new home projects already in process. The ZBA/PC's recommendation will be transmitted and considered by the Village Board of Trustees in May, 2014. (UPDATED 04/18/2014)




The Community Development Department is located on the first floor in Village Hall, One North Prospect Avenue. The Department is responsible for plan review, permit issuance, and code inspection services for all new construction and remodeling projects. The types of improvements that require a permit are new houses, additions, interior alterations, garages, decks, electrical and plumbing work, commercial buildings and build-outs, in-ground irrigation systems, driveways, and signs.

The Department is headed by the Community Development Director, who also serves as the Building Commissioner and staff liaison to the Zoning Board of Appeals/Plan Commission, Downtown Design Review Commission, and Economic Development Commission. A full-time building assistant provides building permit and inspection scheduling assistance at the front counter and over the phone. Part-time building, electrical, and plumbing inspectors provide construction inspection services. The Department contracts with an architectural firm and an engineering firm for plan review services.

The Department also handles all planning and zoning matters, including requests for variations, rezoning, special uses, subdivisions, business and contractor licensing, and issuance of certificates of occupancy for new businesses. Informational handouts and various required forms for building permits, zoning processes, and licensing are available online and at Village Hall.