Common residential Permits

Most Common Residential Projects Requiring Only a Quick Permit Application

PatioAbove Ground Pool
Water HeaterRoof
DeckHeating/Air Conditioning

You can access the quick permit application here.

Don’t see your project on the list? Contact 311 (in Elgin) or 847-931-6001 (outside Elgin) to find out if you need a permit.

Permit Process

  1. The first step in obtaining a permit is completing an application. Once you determine which application is needed for your project, fill out the application and email it to
  2. If you property is a designated landmark or located in a historic district, you will need a Certificate of Appropriateness / Solicitud para el Certificado de Obra Apropriada for any changes to the exterior of your property.
  3. Submit permit application by emailing This email inbox will be monitored in real time by community development staff during regular business hours. Make sure to provide accurate contact information including your email address and phone number so staff can contact you. Be as descriptive as possible with your request to enhance staff’s ability to respond.
  4. A plan review will be conducted when necessary.
  5. A permit will be issued and work can begin.


The type of work, cost of work, and applicable plan review fees will determine the cost of a building permit. View the current Fee Schedule.

  1. Community Development

    Physical Address
    150 Dexter Court
    Elgin, IL 60120

  2. 311 Elgin