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Permit Applications
Permits are required for a number of different projects in order to assure that these projects meet applicable building codes. The City of Des Plaines has adopted building codes in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our residents. View general permit information.

If you have any questions regarding permit requirements call 847-391-5380 from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

After January 1, 2016 The City of Des Plaines will be utilizing new codes - Click Here
2016 Construction Regulations & Amendments

Permit Applications 
All permits may be applied for at: 
City of Des Plaines Building Department 
1420 Miner St.
Room 301
Des Plaines, IL 60016

Click Here for Roof Permit Application Only

Click Here for Sign Permit Application Only

Click Here for Building Permit Application (all other work)

Signed and Completed Applications may be emailed directly to

Projects That Require a Permit
Following is a list of projects that require a City of Des Plaines Building Permit. This list is not all-inclusive: 
  • Fences
  • Decks and stairs
  • Concrete, asphalt, or paver brick driveways, sidewalks, patios, stoops, and stairs
  • Demolitions
  • Doors (Exterior)
  • Extensive interior remodeling work
  • Fire sprinklers 
  • Grading changes, retention walls, or other landscaping involving topographical changes
  • Low voltage alarms and phone wiring
  • Mechanical systems (heating and air conditioning)
  • New electric service or additional devices requiring new lines
  • New structures and any structural changes
  • Plumbing (water heaters, etc.)
  • Roofing, reroofing, or tear-off
  • Sewer repairs or clean-outs
  • Sheds
  • Shoring and foundation repairs
  • Siding
  • Signs, banners, and tents
  • Swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs
  • Windows

Commercial Alterations Handout - Click Here

Garage Sale Permit Requirements

Any person conducting a garage, basement, house, estate sale, etc. on premises that is zoned for or used for residential purposes must apply for and obtain an occasional sale permit. The sale permit is granted for a maximum of three consecutive days with a general limit of two sales per year per premise. If the residents are moving or vacating the premises, one additional sale is permitted for that year.

Permits cost $5 (effective 10/7/13) and are purchased from the Community and Economic Development Department on the Third Floor at City Hall from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The permit must be obtained before the sale starts and must be prominently displayed at the sale. Signs advertising the sale may only be posted on a stake in the property lawn and must be removed by 6:00 pm on the last day of the permitted sale. No advertising signs are permitted on telephone and light poles, street signs, or any City right of way. A rain date may be obtained by calling 847-391-5380 or 847-391-5370 by Wednesday following the permitted sale dates. Please see Forms for Garage Sale Permit Application.

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