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. 

Although Village offices are now open to the public, we encourage you to mail or email your applications to 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.

Building Department Window

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)

2021 Business Economic Incentive Program

On December 17, 2020 the Board of Trustees adopted the 2021 Business Economic Incentive Program.  The program is designed to support existing Riverside businesses in their operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, and/or to better position themselves to operate and succeed following the pandemic.  Reimbursement grants are provided to businesses in recognition of the positive impact to the Village’s economy the success of our businesses can have. 

The Village allocated $8,000 for this program. Applicants seeking funding for projects were eligible for a grant in the form of a reimbursement of up to 50% of the total project cost. At this time, all program funds have been allocated. 

The program was coordinated by the Community Development Department in conjunction with the Economic Development Commission. 

Eligible businesses:

  • Existing retail, food service or personal service establishment
  • Located in the B1 or B2 Zoning Districts
  • Cannot be in default to the Village regarding payments for water/sewer charges, special taxes, assessments, parking or other citations or any other taxes or fees due or unpaid by the applicant to the Village. 

Eligible projects included:

  • Signage
  • Outdoor dining areas or outdoor dining improvements
  • COVID-19 safety improvements
  • Online presence improvements
  • Other projects contributing to the viability and continued success of the business during the COVID-19 pandemic and post COVID-19 pandemic.

2021 Business Economic Incentive Program Application.  1st Round Application Deadline was January 15, 2021.

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