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Building Permits

ALERT: Payments for Permits will not be available June 5, 2023 .  See details at the bottom of this page.

It is expected the State of Illinois will adopt the 2021 IECC and at that time all new permit applications shall comply with the 2021 Illinois Energy Conservation Code (IECC).
- Free Codes Online:
- Books & PDFs for Purchase:
- Illinois Amendments: FINAL APPROVAL PENDING
- SEDAC Training:

ANNOUNCEMENT: The City of Highland Park offers a 3 business day turnaround for complete residential, rooftop solar permit applications (non-historical landmarks or districts).

Building Permit Application Process
1.  Download, complete, and sign the necessary application(s).
2.  Gather supporting documentation (see requirements below).
3.  Submit all documents to the Building Department via email at or in person at 1150 Half Day Rd., Highland Park, IL 60035 (drop box available after hours).
* Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.
* All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted at the same time.

* Permit fees are calculated according to the City's annual fee schedule upon completion of the review.

Building Department Inspections
Required Inspections Matrix (11x17)
Required Inspections Matrix (8.5x11)

Residential Alarm Pre-Inspection Checklist

Inspection requests can be sent to

Inspection Requests Must Include:
- Property address
- Permit number(s)
- ALL requested inspection type(s)
- Name, phone, & email of contact for day of inspection
- Preferred timeframe of AM (8am-12pm) or PM (12pm-3pm).
   The cutoff time is 2:30pm for an inspection on the next business day.
- Incomplete requests will not be scheduled.

Permit Extension Requests
1.  Email requests to
2.  Include construction site address(es) and permit number(s).
         * 1st extension (for 6 months) is free.

Change of Contractor Process
1. Download, complete, and sign a Change of Contractor request.
2. Download, complete, and sign a new application(s).
       Include existing permit number(s).
3. Email request to with all forms.
4. The email subject line should read:
      Change of Contractor Request: (ADDRESS)

Permit Application Forms
Plan Review Transmittal Form: Not for new submittals.
Use this as the cover for any project revisions, design changes, field changes, or any existing permit-related requests.  

Other Permit-Related Forms & Information

Permit Submittal Requirements

Online Permitting Status
Online permitting allows people to view information regarding building permits, including the results of inspections.  Access Online Permitting Services

Please Note: Online Payments for Permits will not be available June 5, 2023.
The City’s online payment system for permit payments will be temporarily disabled June 5, 2023 as part of the City’s implementation of new computer software.  During this time, no permit payments will be processed and payments are not accepted over the phone.  Please contact the Building Division Office at 847.432.0808 for more information.

Helpful Tips

  • When entering an address to call up a permit, it is not necessary to enter the whole street name. You may enter the street number and the first few letters of the street name followed by an asterisk (*), then hit search. 
    • For example, entering “1150 Ha*” would call up the permits for 1150 Half Day Road. Two periods (..) can be used to search a range. 
    • For example, 09/07/2009..09/09/2009 will retrieve all the permits from 09/07/2009 to 09/09/2009.
  • If you wish to log in (not required): 
    • Choose "Registered Users" or "New User."
    • Follow the prompts to enter or create your user name and password.