Building Permits

***ATTENTION***

To ensure proper social distancing and to reduce in-person contact during the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage the electronic submission of all permit and license applications. To this end, we have implemented online payment processes to allow for the remote payment of building permit fees, Contractor’s License fees, and Certificate of Compliance fees. Once applications have been reviewed, we will send an invoice and online payment instructions via the email provided at time of application. 

We understand that there are times when in-person service is necessary or preferred. Our offices have reopened to the public to best serve our community. All visitors to the office are required to wear a mask and abide by social distancing requirements. Only two people are allowed in the Village Office lobby at a time to ensure distancing given our constrained reception area.

We encourage you to mail or email your applications to Management Analyst, Will Bouman at wbouman@riverside.il.us. They can also be dropped off in the silver drop box in front of Riverside Township Hall or brought in to the Building Department front desk.

In-person building and compliance inspections have resumed. Please call 708-447-1241 to schedule.

The Village of Riverside requires that all building and construction projects (including alterations and repairs) that cost more than $500 obtain a building permit prior to work beginning.  However, no demolition of a building (in whole or in part), structural, electrical or plumbing work of any kind may be performed without a permit regardless of the cost. (Plumbing or electrical work shall not include routine or regular maintenance and/or minor repairs.)  Certain projects such as accessory buildings (i.e. shed or garage), fences, decks, and driveways require a building permit regardless of cost.
 
Building permits (PDF) are required by the Village as a means of protection. Permits establish objective criteria and standard practices to protect both property owners and residents, neighbors and, in general, all citizens of the Village. The permit process insures these parties that: 

  • Contractors are properly licensed and bonded.
  • Work complies with building and life safety codes.
  • A level of quality work is maintained throughout the Village.
  • Appropriate building setbacks are maintained and property lines are not compromised.
Please note: Effective January 1, 2016 the new Illinois energy efficiency code went into effect. All permits submitted after January 1, 2016 must comply with these regulations. (Exceptions for local historic landmark buildings may apply.)

Please see the Building Permit Process packet for detailed information.