Building Permits & Construction
The permits listed here may be required for residential, commercial or institutional building projects in Winnetka.
A building permit is required for any new commercial, multi-family or institutional building, or addition, alteration or demolition. A permit is also required for the installation or replacement of any building wiring or equipment, including but not limited to new electrical devices, branch circuits, electrical panels, water heaters, furnaces air conditioning and more.
The following residential construction and maintenance projects do not require a permit or inspection.
All building and fire safety permit applications submitted on or after August 1, 2019, will be reviewed for compliance with the new model codes, local amendments to these codes, as well as other existing Village and other applicable governmental regulations.
The Village of Winnetka does not maintain a contractor licensing program; rather the Village accepts licenses issued by the State of Illinois (i.e., plumbing, irrigation and roofing contractors) or licenses issued by other municipalities which test licensees (electricians).
Learn about inspections and construction fees.
COVID-19 Service Adjustments
In response to the Governor’s shelter in place order, the Community Development Department has made temporary service adjustments.
The Village Hall, including the Community Development Department, is currently closed to the public. The Community Development staff will be working remotely from home with limited visits to the Village Hall. Staff will continue to be available by telephone and email during regular business hours: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. You may reach the Community Development office by calling either 847-716-3520 or 847-716-3527.
Permit Application Submittal
During this time, the Village will continue to receive and process building permit applications.
- Applications consisting of materials less than 11” x 17” in size are encouraged to be submitted via email to the Village. Paper copies may also be submitted.
- For applications requiring printed-to-scale large plan sheets, such as those that are 24”x36” or larger, paper copies are required to be submitted.
Paper permit application materials may be delivered to the Village:
- By Mail, UPS, FedEx, or
- By placing the application materials in a “permit box” provided near the west (rear) entrance to Village Hall. To protect the materials from the elements you may wish to place them in plastic bags.
Paper copies of permit applications will only be accepted in the “permit box” Monday through Friday between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM. Once you have placed your permit application in the inbox, please call 847-716-3520, 847-716-3527, or email us to inform the Village of your submittal.
Inspections Associated with Building Permits
The Village encourages all residents, business owners, and contractors to delay calling for inspections that can be postponed. If an inspection cannot wait, the Village will be conducting only the following:
- inspections from the exterior of a building and
- limited inspections of unoccupied buildings.
During this time, Village inspectors will not be entering any occupied buildings. In such situations, the inspector will attempt to conduct inspections where feasible using photographs or other video conferencing, such as FaceTime, that are provided by the contractor or the property owner.
Please contact the Community Development Department at 847-716-3520 or 847-716-3527 to learn if your inspection can be scheduled.