Community Development


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 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 Community Development Department is responsible for issues related to land use and development: administering the Village’s codes and standards as set forth in the Municipal Code and the CMAP Central Business District Plan; conducting long-range planning projects; reviewing development proposals; and implementing Village policies related to economic development, historic preservation, and land use; enforcing the building codes; issuing permits; conducting inspections of all phases of construction to ensure that building and fire regulations are being met to protect the safety, health and welfare of residents; and responding to questions about drainage. The Department also conducts annual business life safety inspections in conjunction with the Fire Department. The Department serves as the liaison for the Planning & Zoning Commission, the Preservation Commission, and the Economic Development Commission.

Annual Report

2019 Community Development Department Annual Report (PDF)

Building Department Window

Bed and Breakfast License

The Village approved the bed and breakfast license ordinance in 2013. The license is valid for one year from the date of issuance. The license allows the owner/operator to provide sleeping accommodations in up to five (5) guestrooms without cooking facilities, and breakfast. No alcoholic liquor shall be sold or otherwise provided for use or consumption by registered guests on the licensed premises. Bed and breakfasts are permitted in business districts. They are a Special Use in residential districts and require additional approval from the Board.

Bed and Breakfast Application and Regulations