Community and Economic Development

Contact Us

Community and Economic Development
General Inquiries

P: 847.391.5380
1420 Miner Street
Des Plaines, IL  60016

Office Hours
Monday to Friday
8:30 am to 5:00 pm


COVID-19 has had a severe impact on our business community and we want to help as best we can. We ask for your patience as we do our best to review and approve permits and applications in a timely manner. Please submit your paperwork early to allow for this process.

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Our Philosophy

It all starts with a "can do" attitude. Thanks to a business-friendly city leadership, high taxes won’t eat up all your profits, and impossible regulations won’t eat up all your time. After all, time isn’t just money – it’s your money.

The City's zoning and business regulations make it easier for small business and entrepreneurs to set up shop. Employers will find a local work force that’s educated and hard-working. And employees will find an overall quality of life that’s easy to afford and equally easy to live with. Please take the time to view a brief overview of our economic trend and conditions.

Our Services

The Community & Economic Development Department issues building permits, provides inspection services, and is responsible for zoning and planning functions. The department administers and enforces the provisions of the International Building Code and provides support for the Planning and Zoning Board.

Other functions include health and sanitation inspections, enforcement of the property maintenance code for residential and commercial properties, inspection of rental dwelling units, review of subdivisions, processing zoning applications, building code variations, and administration of the Community Development Block Grant. Staff advises the Mayor and City Council on all matters affecting the growth, development, redevelopment, and overall planning of the City.

We're Here to Assist

The department is involved with citizens, architects, contractors, developers, and builders, providing assistance at every step in the building process from the initial design stage to final inspection of the completed project. Permits are required for all construction including additions, remodeling, repair, and demolition. Permits are also required for signs, swimming pools, fences, roofs, sheds, decks, patios, driveways, and sidewalks, Permit fees vary with the nature and scope of the work. If you have any other question about permits, please call the Community & Economic Development Department at 847.391.5380.