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For downloadable permit application forms, please refer to Forms in the Services page of this website, or call the Village Office at (708) 681-3600.

Building Permits

A Building Permit is required for any changes or improvements made to a residence, multi-family complex, business or industrial structure, or empty lot. A permit is issued after Village inspections determine if the structure is in full compliance with al Village codes.

To be sure you are in complete compliance with Village requirements, please contact the Building Department before beginning any work. The permit fee is nominal and could save you money and time, and eliminate unnecessary mistakes.

Routine repairs/maintenance: The following type of routine repair and maintenance work does not require a permit: painting, tuck pointing, replacing gutters, repair and patching work.

Roof Replacement/Repairs: The complete replacement of a roof does require a permit, while the replacement of a few shingles does not.

For more information on Building Permits, please call the Building Department at (708) 345-8174.

Certificates of Occupancy

Before the completion of a sale of any property (residential, commercial or industrial), the property owner must obtain a Certificate of Occupancy from the Building Department. This certificate is issued after Village inspectors determine that the property for sale is in full compliance with all Village codes. Please call the Building Department to request a Certificate of Occupancy. For more information on Certificates of Occupancy, please call the Building Department at (708) 345-8174.

Certificates of Registration

All contractors and subcontractors are required to obtain a Certificate of Registration from the Building Department before beginning any work in the Village.

A bond in the amount of $5,000 is also required. Certificate and bond fees are in addition to currently required permit fees, and are based on total cost of work being performed. For more information on certificates of registration, please call the Building Department at (708) 345-8174.

Satellite Dishes

Any resident wishing to erect a satellite dish is required to consult with the Building Commissioner prior to its installation to ensure compliance with all existing building codes and ordinances. For more information in the installation of satellite dishes, please call the Building Department at (708) 345-8174.

Garage Sales

“Garage Sales” means an occasional sale of used or surplus household goods, furnishings, wares and other items of personal property owned by the occupier of the residence where such sale is held, and includes sales commonly known as basement sales, house sales, yard sales, attic sales, rummage sales, estate sales or other similar occasional sales from residentially zoned premises. Refer to Ordinance 2001-20 or Title 4 Chapter 12 of the Village Code.

The sale of the following items is prohibited at a garage sale: food; drink; animals; bulk sales of any item; multiple new items of the same description; consigned merchandise; junk or antique items sold as a business activity by a person involved therein as a junk or antique dealer. Items purchased for intentional sale or resale may not be sold at such a sale.

It shall be unlawful for any person to conduct or allow a “garage sale” as defined herein on premises zoned or used for residential purposes without first obtaining a permit to conduct such sale. The applicant must be the owner or occupant of the residence where the sale is to be held, and the applicant shall apply for and obtain such a permit from the village clerk at least seventy-two (72) hours in advance of the date of such sale. There shall be a ten-dollar ($10.00) fee for such permit. The permit shall list the name of the applicant and the address at which the sale is to be held. Each permit shall be prominently displayed on the premises covered by the permit in such a manner as to be easily visible to persons passing by the premises on a public street. Click here for garage sale form.

Garage sales shall be permitted for not more than three (3) consecutive days between the hours of nine o’clock (9:00) A.M. and six o’clock (6:00) P.M. of each day. Not more than three (3) garage sales shall be conducted on the same premises within any calendar year.

All activity associated with the garage sale shall be limited to the property specified on the permit. Additionally, no garage, no sidewalk, street, alley, or parkway may be hindered, obstructed, or occupied by any items for sale or any related garage sale activity.

Signs advertising the sale shall be posted in no more than four (4) locations, and the size of such sign shall not exceed two feet by three feet (2’ x 3’). All such signs must be removed within twenty-four (24) hours after the conclusion of the sale.

Any person violating any provision of this section shall, upon conviction, be fined not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100.00) for each offense. Each day that such a violation occurs or continues shall be deemed to constitute a separate offense.