The Village of Riverside requires a building permit prior to work beginning for most building and construction projects (including alterations and repairs).
Please note that new permit applications and contractor licenses must be applied for online.
Building permits 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.
Typically, if a contract has been signed with a third-party and/or a dumpster is required to dispose of materials, a permit is necessary. Additional guidelines are as follows:
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.
Certain projects such as accessory buildings (i.e. shed or garage), fences, decks, and driveways require a building permit regardless of cost.
Plumbing or electrical work shall not include routine or regular maintenance and/or minor repairs.
Cosmetic work, such as tile, replacement and repair of carpet or hard flooring, or wall painting may not require a permit. If drywall is being replaced or work includes structural changes, a permit is required.
See other permit requirements and exceptions here (PDF)