Building Permits


In light of recent developments with COVID-19, the Village Offices have been closed to the public. The department will continue to process permits. Please mail or email your applications to Management Analyst, Will Bouman. They can also be dropped off in the silver drop box in front of Riverside Township Hall. 

Information on drop box and how to access Community Development Department services during office closure.

We will continue to perform exterior inspections, however interior inspections will be limited. Additional guidance will be posted soon.  Please call (708) 447-1241  to schedule inspections.

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.