Commercial & Industrial Building Permits & Project Handouts

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Building Permit Application Forms

Building permit applications can be picked up at Village Hall, or we can mail the application to a property owner, business or contractor upon request. We are working to make these forms available online soon.

Project Handouts

The list below provides detailed handouts for common commercial and industrial construction and renovation projects.  

Commercial & Industrial Building Permits & Project Handouts

Do I really need to get a building permit?

A building permit is required for many types of commercial and industrial construction and renovation projects. When a property owner or tenant obtains a building permit, the Village creates a permanent record documenting that the project was designed in compliance with the applicable codes. In addition, while most contractors do quality work, a contractor who knows that the Village will be inspecting the project will be more likely to construct and complete the work in accordance with the approved plans and adopted codes. Further, when the owner looks to sell the property, it is common for prospective purchasers to contact the Village to request information about a property’s permit history. If it is determined that work was done without a required building permit, a permit will need to be obtained after the fact. This can be time consuming, costly, and can delay or jeopardize the closing of the real estate transaction.

Fire Protection District Annual Inspection

The Carol Stream Fire Protection District inspects every commercial and industrial property at least once a year, to ensure facilities are being maintained and operated in accordance with the Fire Code and other safety requirements. Fire District inspectors identify any code violations and document instances of work done without a required building permit. The Fire District encourages property owners and tenants to obtain permits and bring work into compliance as needed, but the District will forward the matter to the Village for formal enforcement action when necessary.