Why are permits necessary?
Building, electrical, and plumbing permits are required for most home improvements or additions so that the Building Department may inspect the job for safety, zoning compliance and sound construction practice.
The whole reason behind having Building Codes and requiring building permits is to help protect the health, safety and general welfare of the residents of the community. Also, it provides a way of insuring that the minimum standards for construction are adhered to, and to insure that contractors used by the homeowner are licensed and bonded with the Village of Tinley Park. In this way, the Village is helping to insure that the work is being done properly and that the best interest of the homeowner is being protected.
What requires a permit?
Before beginning a project, it is important to check with the Building Department at 708-444-5100 to make sure whether a permit is or is not required. Call the department for information if you do not see your project listed under our Commercial Project Permits or our Residential Project Permits.
Who is authorized to make home improvements?
The homeowner is permitted to make any changes or improvements to his own property except for changing the electric service, which must be done by a licensed electrical contractor. However, if a contractor is used by the owner to perform certain work, the contractor must be licensed and bonded in the Village of Tinley Park before starting any work. Also, it is the responsibility of the homeowner to be sure that a building permit is obtained prior to start of work. Failure to obtain a building permit could result in a fine.
How do I apply for a permit?
When applying for a permit at the Building Department, homeowners must present one copy of the plat of survey (normally provided at your closing), and any pertinent drawings, blueprints or sketches. On the plat of survey you will be required to locate the proposed improvement and provide necessary dimensions. You will also be required to fill out an application for the permit.
When the permit is issued, you will receive a Building Permit Placard to be displayed at the project site until the work is completed. You will also receive an inspection sheet of required inspections for your specific project. Once again, these inspections are made to promote good, safe construction, and are made at intervals during the project.