Work Not Requiring Permits

  • Basketball Goals: A permit is not required. Free standing structures should be located a minimum of 6 feet from a side property line.
  • Cabinet Replacement: No permit is required for replacement of existing kitchen bath or similar cabinets, provided that (i) no electrical work is included, and (ii) plumbing fixtures utilize existing supply and drain lines. All electrical or plumbing modifications associated with cabinet replacement require a permit.
  • Electrical Low-Voltage Wiring: A permit is not required for electrical wiring, devices, appliances, apparatus or equipment operating at less than 25 volts and not capable of supplying more than 50 watts of energy, and not part of a fire alarm system or a landscape lighting system.
  • Flag Pole: A permit is not required.
  • Garage Door Openers: No permit is required unless a new electric source needs to be provided.
  • Garbage Disposal: A permit is not required unless it is a new installation, which requires a separate circuit and an electrical permit.
  • Playground Equipment/Swingsets: A permit is not required, provided that such equipment is not equipped with a roof or otherwise fully enclosed.
  • Routine Maintenance: A building permit is not required for routine maintenance such as replacing plumbing and lighting fixtures, carpeting, floor refinishing, painting, installing cabinets and shelving. Selective replacement of existing individual elements such as decorative trim, stair treads, hand rails do not require a permit, provided that such work does not involve removal of greater than 100 square feet of wall finishes (drywall, plaster).
  • Satellite Antennas: A permit is not required. Dishes 38 inches in diameter (8 square feet) or smaller may be attached to the house. Ground-mounted dishes must be in the backyard.
  • Siding Replacement or Repair: A permit is not required except when replacing with stucco or EIFS which requires a permit. Siding repair and replacement are considered maintenance and do not require issuance of a permit. The building code contains requirements regarding siding applications and flashing.
  • Window Replacement: A permit is not required for in-kind replacement with existing window openings. The Illinois Energy Conservation Code contains requirements for minimum thermal efficiency of all windows, and homeowners are advised to discuss with window contractors or suppliers.