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Permits

The Building Department issues several types of permits.  A permit is needed for the kinds of work described below, whether you do the work yourself or employ a contractor for the job.  Building Permit forms are available from the Building Department at the Village Hall.  Fees for traditional permits are based on the job cost. All contractors doing work in the Village of Park Forest must be Park Forest licensed.  A homeowner doing the work themselves must provide the Building Department with a completed waiver form.

Applying for a permit 
To apply for a permit you will need the permit application, the permit fee and a copy of the proposal your Park Forest licensed contractor has given you.  If your contractor is applying for the permit, the Village of Park Forest requires the homeowner's signature on either the proposal or the building permit application. Permits are issued for:


Home Improvement Permits
Home Improvement Permits is provided for a fee of $60 for the following work:

  • roofing installation or replacement 
  • siding, soffit, and gutter installation or replacement
  • concrete driveway work
  • asphalt driveway/parking lot paving

Traditional Permits:

Fees for traditional permits
The fee for a permit is based on the cost of the job.  Fees are broken down as follows:

$250 worth or less of work | No fee but permit required
$251 to $1,500 worth of work | $60 fee 
$1,501 to $2,000 worth of work | $100 fee
$2,001 worth of work and over | $100 fee plus $10 per thousand on valuations over $2,001  



Improvement Permits 
Improvement permits are provided for a fee of $40 for the following work:


Building Permit Requirements for Commercial Build-Out
:

  • Building Permit Application.  Must be completely filled out.  Signature of landlord required on all tenant work.
  • Fee for permit, based on cost of job:
    • Value less than $250:     No fee; permit is required
    • $250 to $1500:               $60
    • $1501 to $2000:             $100
    • $2001 and over:             $100 plus $10 per $1,000 on valuations over $2001
  • Fee for other inspections, when required:
    • Electrical Inspection         $250
    • Plumbing Inspection        $250
    • Fire Department Review   Varies, depending on what work is being done
  • Signed and dated contract, including scope and cost of job.  All contractors must be licensed by the Village of Park Forest.
  • Existing/proposed layout of the space.
  • Architectural Plans (two sets of stamped plans; five sets of unstamped plans to facilitate a faster review process)
  • Plat of Survey
  • Thorn Creek Basin Sanitary District approved application (when necessary)
  • Landscape Plan
  • Separate permit required for signage


 Building Permit Requirements 

  • Completed Building Permit Application.  (Signature of landlord required on all tenant work)
  • Permit fee
  • Fee for other inspections, when required:
    • Electrical Inspection | $250
    • Plumbing Inspection | $250
    • Fire Department ReviewVaries, depending on what work is being done
  • Signed and dated contract, including scope and cost of job.  All contractors must be licensed by the Village of Park Forest.
  • Existing/proposed layout of the space.
  • Architectural Plans (two sets of stamped plans; five sets of unstamped plans to facilitate a faster review process)
  • Plat of Survey
  • Thorn Creek Basin Sanitary District approved application (when necessary)
  • Landscape Plan
  • Separate permit required for signage

Sewer Repair Permits 
Sewer Repair Permits cover installation of clean-outs and cost $60. 

The Village of Park Forest has adopted the following codes:


  • 2012  International Residential Code
    • Building Code - 4th Edition
    • Residential Code for One and Two-Family Dwellings - 4th Edition 
    • Existing Building Code - 2nd Edition
    • Fuel Gas - 3rd Edition
    • Energy Conservation Code - 2nd Edition
    • Green Code - 1st Edition
    • Mechanical Code - 2nd Edition
  • 2011 National Electric Code 
  • 2004 Illinois State Plumbing Code
  • 1997 Illinois Accessibility Code 

Amendments to the codes and the Village Code of Ordinances is available at the 
Document Center.