Most Common Projects Requiring a Quick Permit Application

Water HeaterRoof
DeckHeating/Air Conditioning

Don't see your project on the list? Contact 311 to find out if you need a permit.

Permit Applications

Permit Process

  1. The first step in obtaining a permit is completing an application. Once you determine which application is needed for your project, fill out the application online, print it, and bring it in for processing. All applications must be printed and delivered as a hard copy to the Community Development department located at City Hall. 
  2. If you property is a designated landmark or located in a historic district, you will need a Certificate of Appropriateness / Solicitud para el Certificado de Obra Apropriada for any changes to the exterior of your property.
  3. Submit your application with the application fee and required documents.
  4. A plan review will be conducted when necessary.
  5. A permit will be issued and work can begin.


The type of work, cost of work, and applicable plan review fees will determine the cost of a building permit. View the current Fee Schedule.

Quick Guides

  1. Community Development

    Physical Address
    150 Dexter Court
    Elgin, IL 60120

    Phone: 847-931-5920