Alteration - Commercial Retail, Industrial, Office, Restaurant Resource Guide

If you are planning to perform any alterations in a commercial retail, industrial, office space or restaurant, a permit is required. Plan reviews are conducted for these projects.  All contractors working on the project must obtain a valid Village Contractor's Business License.  The Village does not license roofers or plumbers as these trades are licensed by the State of Illinois.  You can verify if a roofing contractor is State licensed by visiting the website of the Illinois State Department of Professional Regulations. To verify if a plumbing contractor is State licensed, please contact the Illinois Department of Public Health at 217.524.0791. Effective March 1, 2013, per 225 ILCS 320/37 (from Ch. 111, par. 1135 of The Illinois Plumbing License Law), "A letter of intent shall be included with all plumbing permit applications. The letter shall be written on the license plumber of record's business stationery and shall include the license holder's signature and, if the license holder is incorporated, the license holder's corporate seal. If the license holder is not incorporated, the letter must be notarized."  If we do not have a current copy of a roofer's license or plumber's license, we will ask that they submit a copy to us prior to permit issuance. 

If you have any questions regarding the permit application or process, please contact the Permitting Division of the Community Development Department at 847.923.4420.

Current Fee - Based on Construction Value

Effective May 1, 2019,  the fees for commercial, retal, restaurant, industrial, and office alterations  will be calculated based on the construction value of the project. Fees are detailed in Appendix A of the village fee schedule.   


Submittal Requirements:

  • Commercial village permit application
  • Electrical permit application
  • NEW!  One set of architectural stamped drawings and one electronic set.  The electronic set can be submitted via USB drive, CD, or document link (e-mail to If submittals do not adhere to the Electronic Plan Review/Permit Submittal Instructions, your submittal may be rejected.   
    • Title page with complete building analysis
      • Building construction type
      • Use group/occupancy classification
      • Egress calculations
    • Seal and signature of the design professional
    • Codes identified and noted
    • Energy calculations
      • COMcheck lighting only, if shell is not involved
      • Complete COMcheck lighting if shell is involved
    • Changes in structural loads identified
    • Accessibility details shown
    • Mechanical, electrical and plumbing drawings
    • Interior finish schedule
    • Ventilation schedule
    • All hazardous systems and materials identified
    • Fire suppression/detection systems identified
      • A separate permit is required for all fire suppression and detection systems accompanied by drawings
  • Construction and Demolition Waste Management Plan is required.

Required Inspections:

  • Rough framing, electrical, plumbing, mechanical
  • Ceiling framing
  • Insulation
  • Stocking
  • Final framing, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, fire, and health (if applicable)

Inspections can be scheduled up to 4pm the business day prior to the requested inspection date by contacting the Permitting Division of the Community Development Department at 847.923.4420.