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Building Permits and Inspections

About Building Permits
Sometimes citizens view construction permits as a legal requirement that simply delays home improvement projects.  Here in Brookfield, however, the purpose of permits is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of citizens.  Building permits help protect your neighborhood, your investment, and current and future owners and residents of your building. 

When do I need a permit?
Permits are required for most property improvement projects.  Permits are generally required for any work that is regulated by the building, electrical, plumbing, fire, or zoning codes.  Work requiring permits include, but not limited to: remodels, additions, siding, gutters and downspouts, garages, masonry repairs, roofing work, tuckpointing, porches, decks, patios, sidewalks, driveways, aprons, windows, stairs, railings, parking pads, drywall replacement, HVAC work, electrical work, plumbing work, and fences.  Painting and wall covering, flooring, trim work, and minor repairs under $500 do not require building permits.  For detailed information on submittal requirements for permits and related fees, please visit the Documents and Forms section. 

Why should I get a permit?
A permit is legal authority to begin a project and provides the benefit of inspections, which help ensure a project meets accepted minimum standards for safety and durability.  Inspections are performed at various stages of a project to ensure compliance with construction codes.  Compliance with local codes reduces risks to a level considered acceptable by construction trade organizations, product manufacturers, and insurance companies.

How do I get a permit?
In order to receive a permit, you must submit a complete Building Permit Application at Village Hall.  You will be asked to provide detailed construction information, including drawings, details, and/or a plat of survey.  All contractors and subcontractors doing work in Brookfield must be licensed and registered with the Village.  Please visit the Building and Planning Forms section for Permit and Contractor License Forms.

How long does it take to get a permit?
Permits are not issued the same day they are received.  Permits are reviewed in the order in which they are received.  Most permits are reviewed within 3 to 7 business days of submittal.  Large projects may take additional time.    

About Building Codes
The Village of Brookfield regulates construction through the following codes:

Residential:            SBOC 1996 and National Fire Prevention 1996
Commercial:            BOCA 1996 with Revisions and National Fire Prevention 1996
Plumbing:            Current Chicago Plumbing Code
Electrical:            City of Chicago 2004

About Contractor Licenses:
All contractors and subcontractors doing work in the Village of Brookfield are required to obtain a Village of Brookfield Contractor License.  All contractors are required to provide a signed original of a License and Permit Bond in the sum of $10,000 and a Certificate of Insurance naming the Village of Brookfield as Certificate Holder.  License fees vary based on the type of contractor.  For a full list of fees, please visit the Documents and Forms page.

In addition, the following licenses are required:
Roofers – State of Illinois Roofing License
Plumbers – State of Illinois or City of Chicago Plumbing License
Electrical – Any license from a testing municipality approved by the Village of Brookfield

Important Notes about Building Permits:

Permits will only be issued when all contractors are listed on the permit and licensed with the Village of Brookfield.

Inspections require a minimum of 24 hour notice.  During the busy spring and summer months, plan ahead and schedule your inspection 2-3 days in advance.

Property Maintenance

The Village of Brookfield adopted the 2003 International Property Maintenance code with local amendments as the Village’s Property Maintenance Code.  The Code is available for purchase at the Village of Brookfield or through the International Code Council, and is also available for viewing at the Brookfield Public Library.

The Village regularly conducts property maintenance inspections to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the community.  You may receive a “hang tag” from one of our inspectors informing you of a property maintenance violation.  If you receive a “hang tag,” make arrangements to correct the code violation within the given time frame.  Contact the inspector for more information or if you have questions.

If you do not correct your property maintenance violation and contact the inspector with your questions, you will receive a ticket to report to the Village’s Administrative Adjudication Hearing.  An administrative hearing is a civil, not criminal, proceeding.  Cases filed in adjudication are punishable by fines and can only be appealed in the 4th District Circuit Court of Cook County.  You may pay your fines online or in person at Village Hall.

These are common property maintenance violations that the inspectors find during inspections.  If any of these conditions exist in your home, please try to proactively correct them.

  1. Failure to properly display address on front of house and on garage at alley
  2. Outdoor storage of materials or equipment
  3. Outdoor storage of inoperable vehicles
  4. Accumulation of trash, garbage, brush, or construction materials
  5. Overgrowth bushes or hedges over walkways or public ways
  6. Grass grown over 8 inches in height and/or overgrowth of weeds
  7. Building or fence in disrepair
  8. Clogged or dirty gutters
  9. Handrails or balusters unsound or missing
  10. Peeling and chipping paint
  11. Broken or cracked windows on house or garage
  12. Parking on an unimproved surface


Permits may be required to correct certain property maintenance violations.  Please visit Village Hall to view the complete Property Maintenance Code.

You may report property maintenance violations to the Building and Planning Department by calling 708-485-7344 Option 3.  Please have the address of the property in violation.

Resale Inspections

Resale Inspections are required to be conducted within 60 days prior to any transfer of ownership.  The Resale Inspection is the seller’s responsibility to apply for, pay for, and schedule.  A closing may not take place until the property has passed resale inspection.  If you are selling your home, plan ahead so you have time to make any repairs required as a part of your resale inspection.  If you are buying a home in Brookfield, ask your realtor for the status of your resale inspection.  Please visit the Documents and Forms section to download the Resale Inspection Application.

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