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No. Because of liability, the Village cannot make recommendations of any type. You are encouraged to “shop around” and hire whatever contractor you see fit. Contractors that are not already licensed to work within the village can become so after providing the required insurance information.
The Community Development Department maintains a file of resident comments and complaints about contractors, and this file is available for public viewing during business hours: Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (We encourage you to submit either complements or complaints to our file if you like.)
We are able to tell you if any contractors are licensed with us, however please understand that this is not a recommendation of any type. We would merely be letting you know if their insurance information is on file and up to date.
To become licensed, contractors must fill out our contractor’s license application form. They must also provide a certificate of insurance showing general liability and proof of workman’s compensation (if they are required by state law to carry it). They must also provide a $10,000 surety bond in the name of the Village of Riverside. There is a $100 fee for a contractor’s license, and they are valid for one year from the date of issue.
To apply for a building permit, you will need a building permit application form and a copy of your SIGNED contract with the contractor doing the work. You also need to sign and submit the minimum requirement sheet (two pages). Any job that will affect the “bird’s eye view” of your lot (deck, sidewalk, fence, addition, garage, etc.) will also require a copy of your Plat of Survey with the proposed changes drawn in to scale. For large jobs where plans must be submitted (additions, new constructions, renovations, etc) we require 3 copies of plans stamped by the architect. Any new construction or addition larger than 400 square feet requires a topographical survey of both existing and proposed drainage conditions.
Yes you do. The application process is the same as above, except you will need to fill out a homeowner waiver. This is a one page form that basically states that you are doing the work yourself and agree to abide by all current building codes, and that if you fail any inspections repeatedly you will hire a contractor to finish the job if necessary.
Once your job is complete, call the Community Development Department at 708-447-1241 to set up a final inspection. This is particularly important, as it allows us to close our files on your permit.
The Department has created the Building Permit Process packet, which answers many questions you may have regarding a project, including detailed construction requirements.