Permits

Most Common Projects Requiring a Quick Permit Application

FenceShed
PatioAbove Ground Pool
Water HeaterRoof
WindowsSiding
DeckHeating/Air Conditioning
DrivewayPorch


You can access the quick permit application here.

Don’t see your project on the list? Contact 311 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 permits@cityofelgin.org
  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 permits@cityofelgin.org. 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.

Fees

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.

Quick Guides

  1. Community Development

    Physical Address
    150 Dexter Court
    Elgin, IL 60120

    Phone: 847-931-5920