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The Building Permit Application forms are available at the Community Development Department service counter, or below under Complete List of Building Forms and Applications. The applications are intended to apply to typical construction projects; however, some sections may not be applicable to your work or additional information may be required for special conditions. The applications include some general project questions that provide us with the information necessary to quickly and accurately process the application. Contact information is required for the primary project participants for general communications, plan reviews, and notifications. For your convenience, most forms are fillable.

A project specific Building Permit Application is available for some small common projects such as a fence, water heater, furnace and air conditioning replacement.  These applications require the necessary information stated on the application and identify the applicable regulations providing direction for the specific project.

All applications require the estimated total project cost and remodeling hard cost if applicable.  All new construction and remodeling projects require square footage of the project scope of work. Based on the total project scope, certain building and Illinois Accessibility Code improvements may be required.

The applications further require that certain contractors register with the Village to insure that they are licensed (if required) to complete the work, have the minimum required insurance coverage, and have secured a performance bond. Contractor registration requirements do not apply to property owners personally performing work on their property if they reside on the property, or to contractors doing work that does not require a building permit, or to unlicensed contractors subcontracted to a registered general contractor. 

All applications must be signed and certified by the property owner and the building permit applicant to insure that they understand and agree to comply with all applicable Village Code requirements.

Each Building Permit Application must include construction plans and documents that indicate the location on a Plat of Survey, nature and extent of the work in sufficient detail to verify it will comply with the applicable codes and regulations. These plans and documents must be prepared and certified by a Illinois State licensed architect or structural engineer, except when the project does not include structural or significant life safety work as determined by the Building Official. The type and quantity of submittals required for some typical projects are listed on the Minimum Plan Review Submission Requirements (see page 2 of the Building Permit Application), and submittal procedures are further explained on the Project Submission Procedures. These forms are only intended as a guide for the initial application submittal. Additional submittals, if any, will be identified upon the first plan review.
Plan Review and Approval

In general, the Community Development Department staff performs most plan reviews for new and altered existing single-family dwellings and work on residential properties.  Occasionally, plan reviews are sent out to professional consultants for review. A plan review letter is sent to the person(s) indicated on the Building Permit Application. For new and altered existing commercial buildings the plan reviews are completed by professional consultants and/or Village staff and processed through the Community Development Department. The consultants plan review letter is sent directly to the person(s) indicated on the Building Permit Application.

The plan review letter may identify work on the submitted plans that does not comply with the codes, identify work that requires further detail or information to verify compliance, or approve that the work appears to comply with the code. Plans and documents that are revised and resubmitted for subsequent plan reviews must indicate the sheets, or work on each sheet, that has been added, deleted, or revised. A letter summarizing the responses to review comments and revisions to the plans is required. Full sets of revised plans must be submitted for re-review. In the event the applicant and plan reviewer conflict on the interpretation or application of a code provision, the Building Official should be consulted for clarification.

The cycle time required to complete the initial plan review depends upon the number of applications currently in process, and may vary seasonally. Projects are reviewed in the order they are received unless the submittal lacks a complete application or adequate plans and documentation. The review of resubmitted plans and documents and the initial review of small projects are prioritized and will take less time to review than the original review. Some simple small projects are reviewed at the time of submission and a building permit may be issued at that time. These residential building applications could be fence, hot water heater, furnace and A/C replacement.

Fees and Deposits

All new construction, additions, alterations and remodeling and any project with a project cost of over $15,000 will require Plan Review fees to be collected at time of application.  Additionally any Wireless Telecommunications Facility Project will also require plan review fee payment at time of application. PLEASE NOTE:  Do not send a courier with the application, plans and a completed check unless the Community Development Department has been contacted to verify the plan review fees in advance and the correct application to complete.  Total building fees and refundable deposits are calculated after all required submittals have been received, plan reviews has been completed and approved, the plans appear to be in compliance, and all contractors are registered. A Permit Clerk will contact the person indicated on the Building Permit Application and advise them of the fee and deposit amount. Fees may be paid by personal check or credit card at the Community Development Department service counter. Refundable deposit fees must be paid by personal check or cash. Upon payment the applicant will receive a receipt, the Building Permit, and two (2) set of the final reviewed plans and documents. One set of the approved plans must be kept at the job site for reference at all times.

The permit fees and refundable deposits for all types of projects may be found in Section 4-1-4 of the Village Code or on the Village of Glen Ellyn Fee & Deposit Schedule. Permit fees are charged to cover Village expenses for permit process administration, plan reviews and construction inspections. Refundable deposits are charged to cover damages to public property and are 100% refunded if no damages or loss are incurred during construction as determined after the final inspection is completed.
The required construction inspections for any project are determined by the type and scope of work. Construction inspections may be completed by the Community Development Department staff or technical consultants, or the Public Works Department staff. The required inspections will be indicated on the Building Permit. It is the property owner’s or owner’s agent’s responsibility to call for the required inspection when each stage of the work is completed and before the next stage of the work may be started. Work that has not been inspected and is concealed within new walls or floors may require the walls and floors to be opened for inspection. The typical required inspections are listed and described on the Building Permit Inspections form. After all work has been completed, including restoration of the site, a final inspection should be requested. If all final inspections have been performed and approved, refundable deposits will be refunded and an Occupancy Permit may be issued.
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