Building Permits & Construction
The permits listed here may be required for residential, commercial or institutional building projects in Winnetka.
A building permit is required for any new commercial, multi-family or institutional building, or addition, alteration or demolition. A permit is also required for the installation or replacement of any building wiring or equipment, including but not limited to new electrical devices, branch circuits, electrical panels, water heaters, furnaces air conditioning and more.
Single Family Residential Sheds
The following residential construction and maintenance projects do not require a permit or inspection.
All building and fire safety permit applications submitted on or after August 1, 2019, will be reviewed for compliance with the new model codes, local amendments to these codes, as well as other existing Village and other applicable governmental regulations.
The Village of Winnetka does not maintain a contractor licensing program; rather the Village accepts licenses issued by the State of Illinois (i.e., plumbing, irrigation and roofing contractors) or licenses issued by other municipalities which test licensees (electricians).
Learn about inspections and construction fees.
These guidelines are required to properly maintain a construction site within the Village.
COVID-19 – Restore Illinois Phase 5 Service Adjustments
Given the State has moved to Phase 5 of the Governor’s Restore Illinois Plan, the Community Development Department has returned to near normal operating procedures. All we ask when interacting with the Community Development staff that you follow all Phase 5 physical distancing guidance.
The Community Development Department is open to the public from 8:30 AM to 5 PM. You may reach the Community Development office by calling either 847-716-3520 or 847-716-3527 or by email.
Permit Application Submittal
Applications consisting of materials less than 11” x 17” in size may still be submitted via email to the Village. Paper copies may also be submitted.
For applications requiring printed-to-scale large plan sheets, such as those that are 24”x36” or larger, paper copies are required to be submitted.
As prior to the pandemic, paper permit application materials may be delivered to the Village:
- By Mail, UPS, FedEx, or
- In person at the Community Development Counter (510 Green Bay Road)
Inspections Associated with Building Permits
The Village is conducting building inspections as we were prior to the start of the pandemic. If you are unvaccinated for the coronavirus virus, per the CDC recommendations we ask that you wear a mask and maintain a six-foot physical distance from the inspector when the inspector visits your site.
Please contact the Community Development Department at 847-716-3520 or 847-716-3527 to schedule your inspection.