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Is a Permit Required?

Permits are the way the Village of Hinsdale regulates and reviews that all construction in the Village meets life and safety codes. There are several different types of permits based on the applicable building codes (examples include: 2006 International Residential Building and Mechanical Code and Illinois State Plumbing Code). Most residential and commercial projects require a combination permit. In addition, demolition plans also require a permit.

Obtaining the permit is just the first step in the process. In this step, you will need stamped: architectural drawings (include FAR overlays), Plat of Survey and civil engineering drawings (if applicable) showing the proposed improvements and illustrating the type of construction materials you will be using.

Special Notice to all potential building permit applicants: If you own a historic local landmarked home or property, or is located in the Robbins Park Historic District, please be aware of special requirements associated with a Certificate of Appropriateness review by the Historic Preservation Commission, when considering new construction, demo or improvements. For more information, please click here.

Once plans are approved, you are required to complete the project to those plans. You must seek Village approval first, prior to any potential changes to the plans. All permits will need to be inspected after the work has been completed.
 
See the Menus Below to Determine if Your Project Requires Permitting
& to Download Any Supporting Documents Needed to Begin Your Project

Plan Commission applications can be found here.

Beginning Design FAQs

Residential Design Guidelines
Design to compliment our nationally recognized historic village by reading our residential design guidelines
What is my maximum Floor Area Ratio (FAR), maximum building coverage, and maximum accessory coverage on my lot?
A pre-plan review is a useful document for property owners and their design professionals regarding the zoning requirements for a subject property. The pre-plan review will identify the Maximum Floor Area Ratio (FAR), maximum building coverage, and maximum accessory coverage.

Download a Preplan Review Application
Developing Historic Homes
The Village of Hinsdale is home to many tremendous historic houses and structures which have contributed to the beauty of our neighborhood. These structures and districts play an important role in the heritage of our community and special attention is taken to preserve our historic treasures. Be aware that downtown Hinsdale, the Robbin's Park Historic District and specially designated landmarked homes and structures scattered throughout the village may require additional requirements, submittals and reviews beyond standard permit applications. We strongly advise anyone considering construction or improvements to their building or residence to consult the Village of Hinsdale prior to commencing project activities. Proactive consultation may accelerate your submittal process and minimize your project timeline.
Learn More About Historic Home Development 
Why do I need a Permit?
Obtaining a building permit provides protection to the property owner that the proposed scope of work meets the health, safety, and welfare of the adopted model codes. Building permits maintain safe, healthy buildings, and high property values. A building permit ensures the plans will be reviewed for all code and zoning compliance, the scope of work is inspected for code compliance, and all applicable municipal codes are met. If you are contemplating work being done either inside or outside of your home it never hurts to call the Building Department, 630-789-7030, and ask if a permit would be required. Below is a drop down menu for some of the most commonly sought improvements.

Structural or Framing Projects

Demolition Only - YES Permit is Required (click for supporting docs)
The following documents are needed for your project. Find them under the Forms to Download  Menu below.

  • Demo (only) of a Single Family Residence
  • Stormwater Permit Application
  • Demo Permit Application & Supporting Documents
New Construction - YES Permit is Required (click for supporting docs)
The following documents are needed for your project. Find them under the Forms to Download  Menu below.

  • New Single Family Residence Information Sheet
  • Stormwater Permit Application
  • Contactor’s Registration Application
  • Application for Permit
  • Certificate of Zoning Compliance
Alterations to Existing Floor Plan - YES Permit Required (click for supporting docs)
The following documents are needed for your project. Find them under the Forms to Download  Menu below.

  • Single Family Alteration or Remodel Information Sheet
  • Contractor’s Registration Application
  • Application for Permit
  • Certificate of Zoning Compliance
Removal of Finishes to Stud-YES Permit Required (click for supporting docs)
The following documents are needed for your project. Find them under the Forms to Download  Menu below.

  • Single Family Alteration or Remodel Information Sheet
  • Contractor’s Registration Application
  • Application for Permit
  • Certificate of Zoning Compliance
Basement Remodels-YES Permit Required (click for supporting docs)
The following documents are needed for your project. Find them under the Forms to Download  Menu below.

  • Single Family Basement Build-out Information Sheet
  • Contractor’s Registration Application
  • Application for Permit
  • Certificate of Zoning Compliance


Room Additions-YES Permit Required (click for supporting docs)
The following documents are needed for your project. Find them under the Forms to Download  Menu below.

  • Single Family Additions Information Sheet
  • Contractor’s Registration Application
  • Application for Permit
  • Certificate of Zoning Compliance
Accessory Buildings-YES Permit Required (click for supporting docs)
Examples of Accessory Buidlings: detached garages, pool houses, cabanas

The following documents are needed for your project. Find them under the Forms to Download  Menu below.

  • Stormwater Permit Application
  • Contractor’s Registration Application
  • Application for Permit
  • Certificate of Zoning Compliance
  • Detached Garage Information Sheet
Swimming Pools-YES Permit Required (click for supporting docs)
The following documents are needed for your project. Find them under the Forms to Download  Menu below.

  • Stormwater Permit Application
  • Application for Permit
  • Certificate of Zoning Compliance
  • Swimming Pool Information Sheet
Stairs - YES Permitting Required (click for supporting docs)
Permits are required for new stairs or alterations/repairs to existing stairs. 

The following documents are needed for your project. Find them under the 
Forms to Download  Menu below.

  • Application for Permit
  • Certificate of Zoning Compliance

Decks-Permit May Be Required
If replacing decking, no permit is required. However, if you are changing structural support, stairs, handrails, guardrails, the following documents are needed for your project. Find them under the Forms to Download  Menu below.

  • Application for Permit
  • Certificate of Zoning Compliance
Roofing - Permit May Be Required
If residential overlay or removal to decking, no permit is required. However, if you replace more than 50% of sheathing or are changing a commercial roof, the following documents are needed for your project. Find them under the Forms to Download  Menu below.

  • Application for Permit
Siding - Permit May Be Required
If you are replacing with same material, no permit is required. However, if you replace with a different material, the following documents are needed for your project. Find them under the Forms to Download  Menu below.

  • Application for Permit
Projects NOT Requiring Permits
Permitting is not required for the following structural projects:
  • One for one replacement doors
  • Milwork/trim (casing)
  • Painting
  • Refinishing Hardwood Floors

Electrical Projects

Relocation or Alteration of Electric - YES Permit Required (click for supporting docs)
The following documents are needed for your project. Find them under the Forms to Download  Menu below.

  • Application for Permit
Service Upgrade - YES Permit is Required (click for supporting docs)
The following documents are needed for your project. Find them under the Forms to Download  Menu below.

  • Application for Permit
Generators - YES Permitting is Required (click for supporting docs)
The following documents are needed for your project. Find them under the Forms to Download  Menu below.

  • Generator Information Sheet
  • Application for Permit
Car Charging Station - YES Permit is Required (click for supporting docs)
The following documents are needed for your project. Find them under the Forms to Download  Menu below.

  • Application for Permit
One for One Lighting/Receptacle Changes - NO Permit Required

Plumbing Projects

Relocation or Addition of Fixtures - YES Permit Required (click for supporting docs)
The following documents are needed for your project. Find them under the Forms to Download  Menu below.

  • Application for Permit
Sump Pit - YES Permit Required (click for supporting docs)
The following documents are needed for your project. Find them under the Forms to Download  Menu below.

  • Application for Permit
Water Heater Service Upgrade - YES Permit Required (click for supporting docs)
The following documents are needed for your project. Find them under the Forms to Download  Menu below.

  • Application for Permit
Sump Pump Replacement - NO Permit Required
One for One Plumbing Changes - NO Permit Required

HVAC Projects

Furnace Replacement - YES Permit Required (click for supporting docs)
The following documents are needed for your project. Find them under the Forms to Download  Menu below.

  • Application for Permit
Air Conditioning Condenser Replacement/Installation - YES Permit Required (click for supporting docs)
The following documents are needed for your project. Find them under the Forms to Download  Menu below.

  • Application for Permit
  • Certificate of Zoning Compliance

Land Disturbing Projects (ex. irrigation, fencing, patios, driveways)

Irrigation - YES Permit Required (click for supporting docs)
The following documents are needed for your project. Find them under the Forms to Download  Menu below.

  • Application to Construct an Improvement in the Public Right-of-Way
  • Application for Permit
Fencing - YES Permit Required (click for supporting docs)
The following documents are needed for your project. Find them under the Forms to Download  Menu below.

  • Fence Information Sheet
  • Application for Permit
Patios - YES Permit Required (click for supporting docs)
Permits are required for new patios, and replacements or repairs to existing patios.

The following documents are needed for your project. Find them under the 
Forms to Download  Menu below.

  • Application for Permit
  • Certificate of Zoning Compliance
Driveways & Driveway Aprons - YES Permit Required (click for supporting docs)
A permit is required for new, replacements, or repairs to driveways and driveway aprons. 

The following documents are needed for your project. Find them under the 
Forms to Download  Menu below.

  • Application for Permit
  • Certificate of Zoning Compliance
  • Application to Construct an Improvement in the Public Right of Way (driveway aprons only)

Private Walks - YES Permit Required (click for supporting docs)
A permit is required for new private walks, or replacements/repairs to existing.

The following documents are needed for your project. Find them under the Forms to Download  Menu below.

  • Application for Permit
  • Certificate of Zoning Compliance
Coach Walks in Right-of-Way - YES Permit Required (click for supporting docs)
A permit is required for new coach walks, or replacements/repairs to existing.

The following documents are needed for your project. Find them under the Forms to Download  Menu below.

  • Application for Permit
  • Certificate of Zoning Compliance
  • Application to Construct an Improvement in the Public Right of Way
Grading Alteration - YES Permit Required (click for supporting docs)
A permit is required for grading alteration (to include berms and planting areas). 

The following documents are needed for your project. Find them under the Forms to Download  Menu below.

  • Application for Permit
  • Certificate of Zoning Compliance

Forms to Download

Application to Construct an Improvement in the Public Right-of-Way
Certificate of Zoning Compliance
Contractor's Registration Application
Demo (only) of a Single Family Residence Information
Demo Permit Application & Supporting Documents
Detached Garage Information Sheet
Fence Information Sheet
Generator Information Sheet
New Single Family Residence Information Sheet
Permit Application
Pre-Plan Review Application
Residential Design Guidelines
Single Family Addition Information Sheet
Single Family Alteration or Remodel Information Sheet
Single Family Basement Build-out Information Sheet
Storm Water Permit Application
Swimming Pool Information Sheet