Development Review

General Information

The Engineering Division of Public Works reviews private development projects with respect to public improvements, stormwater management, and public safety issues to verify compliance with the Elgin Municipal Code as well as sound engineering / construction practices. There are two basic development types:

Stormwater Management Practices & Regulations

The City of Elgin has adopted the Kane County Stormwater Ordinance with amendments as provided in Title 21 of the Elgin Municipal Code.

This ordinance establishes specific stormwater management practices for new development within the City of Elgin. These regulations are designed to:

  • Protect the health and safety of the public
  • Preserve and enhance the natural functions of watercourses wetlands and flood plains
  • Provide aesthetic benefits to the community
  • Improve water quality


Engineering Plan Review Fees

Each type of development is subject to review fees and will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Stormwater Management Review Fees

In addition to engineering plan review fees, a development is subject to stormwater management review fees. The fee schedule is established under Title 21 of the Elgin Municipal Code.

Due to the complexity of the stormwater ordinance, the city often hires consultants to aid in the review, permitting, and implementation of a development’s stormwater management report. To accommodate these services, a developer is required to establish and maintain an escrow account in an amount as determined by the City Engineer.