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Building Permit Guides and Project Requirements

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Please review this page for information regarding permit and license requirements for projects in Hoffman Estates.


Important Note: 

The Illinois Energy Conservation Code based on the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will take effect on July 1, 2019.  The Capital Development Board publishes the Illinois specific amendments on their webpage  

On May 15, 2017, the Village adopted the 2015 ICC Family of Codes and the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC).

Please click here to view the complete list of the Village's adopted Building Codes and Building Code Amendments (PDF).

Building Permit Application (PDF) - This newly designed application is used for ALL projects.

Scope of Work Form (Fillable/Savable PDF)

Scope of Work Form (PDF) Use to print a paper copy

Click on any of the subjects for more information. This is not a comprehensive list of projects requiring a permit, please contact Code Enforcement at 847-781-2631 for information on projects not listed below or if you have more questions.

Project Information (PDF) Information

Building Design Criteria

Lists currently adopted building codes.

Building Code History

Antennas & Towers (Commercial)



Antennas & Satellite Dishes (Residential)



Basement Finish



Commercial Alterations & Tenant



Commercial Building - New


Commercial & Residential Building Demolition



Community Residence

 Commonly referred to as group homes or assisted living homes with less then 6 residents.

Contractor Licensing

Contractors performing work in Hoffman Estates are required to complete a simple form and provide required documentation.

Workers' Compensation Affidavit (If you are not required to have Workers' Comp. coverage)

Curbside Mailboxes

No Permit Required


Sizing a Deck Pier

Setback Requirements

2015 Deck Code

Driveways, Aprons & Sidewalks

Permit also used for parking lot improvements.

Driveway & Apron Covenant form

Drainage, Grading & Retaining Walls

All drainage (drain tile, underdrains, etc.) and grading changes on commercial and residential properties requires a permit and Engineering Department approval.

Electrical Work

Electrical installation, electrical service upgrade, or installation of receptacles not covered under general building permit.

Exterior Coverings - Siding

Replacement of installation of siding, stone, brick or veneers.



Fire Department Permits (Link)

Fire Department related issues
Fire Department Permit Application

Fire Pits

Furnace & A/C Replacement

Residential and Commercial HVAC.

           Garage Sales               

Garages, Attached

 House-to-Garage Door Requirements

Garage Conversion

Used when converting a garage to living or storage space. All homes must have a garage, whether attached or detached.

Garages, Detached

Detached Garage Setbacks

Generator Installation



Kitchen & Bathroom Remodel



Patios, Walkways,  Stoops & Steps



Pergolas & Gazebos

Setback Requirements

Pools & Hot Tubs

Pool Abandonment

All inflatable or temporary pools more than 2 feet deep or over 1,000 gallons require a permit.

Setback Requirements

Recreational Vehicles

 No Permit Required

Release of Easement

 Release of Easement Contact List
No Permit Required

Renewable Energy

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems


Roofing Code Clarification

Residential Irrigation System

Lawn Sprinklers

Lawn Sprinkler Right-of-Way form

Sewer Repair


Storage Sheds

Setback Requirements


Signage is in 9-3-8 of the Municipal Code. Some properties have their own Master Sign Plans.

Single Family Home - New Structure & Additions

Floor Area Ratio Calculation Form

Tents & Membrane Structures


Tents Questionnaire

Water Heaters


Water Service

New or Upgraded Water Service. Usually as a result of sprinkler or hydrant additions.

Windows & Doors

Emergency Escape and Rescue Opening Requirements

Safety Glazing Requirements


Other Information:

Residential Building Permit Guide

Prevent Frozen Water Pipes (Winter Heating Tips)

Illinois Attorney General - Housing and Home Repairs Section

Know Your Consumer Rights(PDF)

Permit Review Process:

HVAC, Siding, Roofing, Sewer Repair and Water Heater Permits are the only permits approved same day (maximum one same day permit per day). All other accessory residential permits typically require a review time of approximately 7 working days. Larger permits such as residential additions, multi-family and commercial typically require a review time of approximately 14 working days but can vary greatly depending on the scope of the project.

Permit fees vary depending on the scope of each project and are based on the Building Permit Fees (Municipal Code Sec. 11-7). A final fee total will be given upon full review of the permit.

Construction Hours:

Within 500 Yards of a Residence: Weekdays 7am to 7pm and Weekends 8am to 6pm.

Greater than 500 Yards from a Residence: Weekdays 7am to 10pm and Weekends 8am to 10pm.

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