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Building Permits & Inspections
Many home and business renovation and remodeling projects require a permit before work begins.  Projects that require Building Permits include, but are not limited to the following:
  • additions
  • antennas
  • carpentry
  • concrete and flat work (driveways, patios, walks, etc.)
  • decks
  • drywall
  • electrical (and services/upgrades)
  • excavation
  • fences (if installed, repaired/replaced more than 8 linear feet)
  • HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning)
  • landscaping
  • masonry
  • new accessory buildings and structures
  • new buildings and structures
  • pergolas and porches
  • plumbing
  • remodeling, renovations, or repairs
  • roofing
  • sidewalks
  • signs
  • water heaters
  • windows

Permits and Applications



BUILDING PERMITS
The Village of Westmont has adopted the 2012 ICC International Building Code (and IRC, IFC, IPMC, IMC, IFGC, etc.), with Local Amendments.  See Westmont Municipal Code, Chapter 18, Article V, Section 18-62 for complete list of adopted codes and amendments.

Building/construction requiring a permit includes, but is not limited to: residential and/or commercial new construction, roofs, decks (and deck repair), fences, garages, sheds, driveways, demolition, patios, sidewalks (public or private), elevators, balconies (and balcony repair), foundation repairs, fire restoration, miscellaneous concrete work, antennas, temporary tents, awnings, hot tubs, truss repairs, windows, temporary fences, swimming pools (in ground and above ground), stairs, porches, and interior and exterior alterations (including additions).

A legal PLAT of SURVEY that is not altered in size (reduced or enlarged), to scale and indicates all current conditions (e.g. house, garage, sheds, patios, walkways, driveways, etc.) may be required for submittal with application.

Additionally, a SITE PLAN which is, typically, a copy of the plat of survey that indicates the location of proposed work and, when necessary, the distance of construction to each lot line and exterior dimensions of the proposed construction may be required for submittal with detailed drawings.


Plumbing Code Information
The Village of Westmont has adopted the 2014 Illinois State Plumbing Code, with Local Amendments. See Westmont Municipal Code, Chapter 18, Article V, Section 18-122 for amendments.

Plumbing work requiring a permit includes, but is not limited to: residential and/or commercial new construction, interior and exterior alterations (including additions), underground sprinkler systems, fire restoration, and water taps. Plumbing Specifications Sheets are available at the Community Development Department and must be filled out, and signed, by a Licensed Plumber.


Electrical Code Information
The Village of Westmont has adopted the 2011 National Electric Code, with Local Amendments. See Westmont Municipal Code, Chapter 18, Article V, sections 18-188 and 18-189 for amendments. Electrical work requiring a permit includes, but is not limited to:  residential and/or commercial new construction, interior and exterior alterations (including additions), low voltage wiring (burglar alarms), electric services, signs, garages, hot tubs, fire restoration, demolition, swimming pools (in ground and above ground).  Electrical Specification Sheets are available at the Community Development Department.

Sign Code Information
We are currently following the Village of Westmont Code, Article XI. Signs. All signs, both temporary and permanent, which includes “face changes” are subject to permitting requirements.

There are also requirements for political signs used during elections.

Sign Specification Sheets must be submitted with location of sign on building (elevation drawing for wall signs) or lot (Plat of Survey required for ground signs). Legible drawing of the sign including dimensions and specifications, written consent of owner of building, indication of existing signage locations and dimensions, and any additional information as required by the Community Development Department Director.

Additional application materials are required for Electronic Message Board Signs. Please review Appendix A, Article XI, Section 11.11(Y)(4)(g) for details.


Inspections
Inspections are required for determination of compliance with submitted plans for all projects.  It is the responsibility of the Permittee to notify the Community Development Department to schedule any, and all, inspections.  No Construction Certificate(s) of Occupancy will be issued without the proper inspections.
  • Inspection requests shall be made by 3:00 PM at least one (1) business day prior to the intended scheduled date.  
  • Inspections are performed Monday through Friday during our normal business hours; and are scheduled either "AM" or "PM".
  • All approved plans and necessary equipment must be on site and made available to Inspectors.
  • "Final Inspections" are required for ALL Permits issued.
  • Failure to call for an inspection may result in forfeiting of cash bond and Permit: and will be considered a violation of the Building Code.
  • The minimum charge for any Residential inspection, or missed inspection, or re-inspection shall be fifty dollars ($50.00).  Commercial inspection, missed inspection, or re-inspection is one hundred dollars ($100.00)
  • At least one (1) inspection is required within any six (6) month period, or the Permit becomes invalid.

If you have any questions regarding permits and inspections, please contact the Community Development Department at the Village Hall, 31 W. Quincy, 1st floor, or call 630-981-6250.