Building Department

Building Permits

Building permits are issued to make sure that the contractor doing the work is insured and bonded and that the work is done according to code and also done in a professional manner.

Your building permit fee includes two inspections. This is also done to make sure the work is up to present code.

Examples of installation/construction items that require permits:

  • air conditioners
  • decks
  • driveways
  • fences
  • furnace
  • gazebos
  • garages
  • patios
  • roofs
  • room additions
  • sheds
  • siding
  • sidewalks (on private property)
  • swimming pools

If you are doing any work, please call the department to ask if you need a permit. Fines for doing work without a permit can be up to $750.00.


A contractor whether general or sub contractor must be licensed in the village to do work. Click here to view or print the contractor or subcontractor application and fees.

First-Time Residential Rental Property Application

If you place your property on the rental list for the first time, you must complete a "first time rental inspection". Click here to view or print the first time rental inspection application and fees.

Annual Residential Rental Property Application

All residential rental properties in the Village of South Chicago Heights must be inspected annually per Village code. Click here to view or print the annual rental application and fees.

For Sale Inspection Application

All buildings in South Chicago Heights that are for sale must be inspected. A for sale packet may be picked up at the Village Hall which includes the application and other information. Click here to view or print the for sale application and fees.


The building department also oversees the zoning code. The village is divided into different zoning areas and only certain types of building and business can operate in these areas.

Zoning Classification:

R1-Single family resident
R2- 2 family
R3-Multi family
I1-Light Industry

So if you have any questions feel free to contact us. Click here for zoning information and zoning variances information.

The following are codes that the Village has adopted:

2006 IRC (International Residential Code)

2006 IBC (International Building Code)

2006 ICC Property Maintenance Code

2005 NEC - National Electric Code

2005 Illinois Plumbing Code

2006 ICC Fire Code (NFPA 72 and 13 compliant)

For amendments to the above codes you can go to http://www.municode.com or you can access this site from the Home page under the Municipal Code Quick Link.

Plan Review

All blueprints submitted to the Village are reviewed inhouse or by the Building & Fire Code Academy of Hoffman Estates. Any charges that are incurred by the Building & Fire Code Academy will be the responsibility of the submitter.

Typical Ordinance Infractions:

  • grass not cut
  • parking on gravel, dirt, or grass
  • garbage out to early
  • garbage not in cans
  • property in need of painting or repairs
  • no building permit
  • no business license
  • not removing graffiti
  • no vehicle sticker
  • having junk cars on property
  • Property not kept up

Property Maintenance

Code Violations

  • Posting signs on trees, telephone poles, or in any right-of-way. You may post signs on your lawn or on a neighbor’s lawn with written permission. Before placing any sign within the Village, call the Building Department at 755-1880.
  • Maintaining your lawn (grass, weeds, etc.) less than eight (8) inches in height as per Ordinance Section 50-217.
  • No accumulation of debris such as trash, landscape waste, junk cars, or other “eye sores” debris are allowed on your premises.
  • No stagnant pools of water, which creates a health hazard, are allowed on your premises.
  • Do not discard refrigerators, etc. which can trap children, without first removing the doors.
  • Parking of a vehicle in a state of disrepair or without current license plate or sticker for more than seventy-two (72) hours will be considered abandoned and towed away.
  • Parking on grass is prohibited.
  • Parking a commercial vehicle bearing a class designation of “C” or higher in a residential area except when making a delivery is prohibited.
  • Recreational vehicles (i.e. campers, trailers, and boats) must be stored on the side and cannot extend pass the front of house, or in the back yard on dust free surface with parking access.

Owner Occupied and Tenants Property Maintenance and Health Regulations

  • Maintain all exterior surfaces of your dwelling and accessory structures (i.e. decks, screens, windows, gutters, fences, sheds, and correct all peeling paint).
  • Identify your dwelling unit with address numbers at least three (3) inches in height and visible from the street.
  • Maintain plumbing fixtures in a clean and operable condition at all times.
  • Ensure electrical outlets are not overloaded with extension cords supplying other electrical appliances.
  • Store paints, gasoline, and other combustible materials in secure containers to prevent explosions and fires.
  • Ensure ventilating entrances, i.e. screens and windows, to your home or apartment are secured to prevent explosions and fires.
  • Work with your owner, manager, or agent in eliminating rodent or insect problems in your home or apartment.
  • Provide the Code Enforcement Department with the information required on the Rent/Lease application, including notification of any increase, decrease, or changes (subleasing) of occupancy.

Lawn Watering

  • Water your lawn in the morning or early evening when the least evaporation occurs.
  • Watering during the “heat” of the day may scald or burn your lawn. Tiny water droplets on the grass acts as miniature magnifying glasses.
  • You can tell when it is time to water your lawn by stepping on it. If your footprints leave a long lasting imprint instead of bouncing back, it is time to water.
  • Do not water the pavement. Position sprinklers so that your lawn and garden receive all the water.
  • Do not drizzle; a light sprinkling is the least effective method of watering. A good soaking gets to the roots. Let the water sink in slowly. A lot of water applied quickly runs off into gutters. Use a kitchen timer as a reminder to turn off sprinklers.
  • A normal lawn requires watering to a depth of about 6 to 8 inches. This should take between 1 to 2 inches of water over the lawn surface. You can measure this by placing an empty soup can in the area where watering is being done and measure the amount of water collected in the can. When it reaches 1 to 2 inches, you can stop watering that area. Or, on the average, it should take about one hour to soak an area thoroughly. Don’t forget to set a timer to remind you it’s time to move the sprinkler.
  • Longer grass means less evaporation. Let grass grow taller in hot, dry weather. Set your mower one notch higher than normal.

If you would like more information please call the Village Hall 708-755-1880 and ask for the Building department.

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