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Building Inspections and Permits

When do I need a permit?
Permits are required for most property improvement projects.  Permits are generally required for any work that is regulated by the building, electrical, plumbing, fire, or zoning codes.  Work requiring permits include, but not limited to: remodels, additions, siding, gutters and downspouts, garages, masonry repairs, roofing work, tuckpointing, porches, decks, patios, sidewalks, driveways, aprons, windows, stairs, railings, parking pads, drywall replacement, HVAC work, electrical work, plumbing work, and fences.  Painting and wall covering, flooring, trim work, and minor repairs under $500 do not require building permits.  For detailed information on submittal requirements for permits and related fees, please visit the Documents and Forms section. 

Why should I get a permit?
A permit is legal authority to begin a project and provides the benefit of inspections, which help ensure a project meets accepted minimum standards for safety and durability.  Inspections are performed at various stages of a project to ensure compliance with construction codes.  Compliance with local codes reduces risks to a level considered acceptable by construction trade organizations, product manufacturers, and insurance companies.

How do I get a permit?
In order to receive a permit, you must submit a complete Building Permit Application at Village Hall.  You will be asked to provide detailed construction information, including drawings, details, and/or a plat of survey.  All contractors and subcontractors doing work in Brookfield must be licensed and registered with the Village.  Please visit the Building and Planning Forms section for Permit and Contractor License Forms.

How long does it take to get a permit?
Permits are not issued the same day they are received.  Permits are reviewed in the order in which they are received.  Most permits are reviewed within 3 to 7 business days of submittal.  Large projects may take additional time.    

Do I need a permit for a dumpster?
Dumpsters or containers (like storage PODs) require a permit.  There are also special regulations if the dumpster or container will be obstructing the public way.  Please review the Dumpster/Container Ordinance under Documents and Forms.  There you can also find the Fee Schedule, Dumpster/Container Permit Application, and a list of the Dumpster/Container companies that are currently registered with the Village.  Any company delivering a dumpster or container to a property in the Village of Brookfield must be registered and licensed with the Village of Brookfield.  If you are ordering a dumpster or container from a company that is not on the updated list, have them contact the Building and Planning Department at (708) 485-7344 option 3.

Property Maintenance

I received a hang tag on my door that says “notice of violation.”  What does this mean and what am I supposed to do?
The Village regularly conducts property maintenance inspections to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the community.  You may receive a “hang tag” from one of our inspectors informing you of a property maintenance violation.  If you receive a “hang tag,” make arrangements to correct the code violation within the given time frame.  Contact the inspector for more information or if you have questions.

What happens if I decide to ignore my property maintenance violation notice?
If you do not correct your property maintenance violation and contact the inspector with your questions, you will receive a ticket to report to the Village’s Administrative Adjudication Hearing.  An administrative hearing is a civil, not criminal, proceeding.  Cases filed in adjudication are punishable by fines and can only be appealed in the 4th District Circuit Court of Cook County.  You may pay your fines online or in person at Village Hall.

Resale Inspections

I am selling my house.  Do I need any kind of inspection?
Resale Inspections are required to be conducted within 60 days prior to any transfer of ownership.  The Resale Inspection is the seller’s responsibility to apply for, pay for, and schedule.  A closing may not take place until the property has passed resale inspection.  If you are selling your home, plan ahead so you have time to make any repairs required as a part of your resale inspection.  If you are buying a home in Brookfield, ask your realtor for the status of your resale inspection.  Please visit the Documents and Forms section to download the Resale Inspection Application.

Planning and Zoning

Where can I get zoning information?
The Village’s Zoning Ordinance is not yet available online.  For zoning classifications, please visit the Documents and Forms page and download the Zoning Map.  For more information about zoning regulations, please contact the Building and Planning Department at (708) 485-7344 option 3. 

What is Zoning?
The Village of Brookfield Zoning Ordinance establishes land use classifications and regulates land use, intensity, and bulk in order to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the community, and to protect neighborhood character and sustainability. 

What is the 2020 Master Plan? 
The 2020 Master Plan, adopted in 2004, is a document that serves as a guide for redevelopment in commercial areas throughout the Village.  The 2020 Master Plan is not a blueprint, but a tool, that the Village utilizes to outline the Village’s community and economic development goals, prioritize community and economic development initiatives, and explore various development opportunities.  Please visit the Documents and Forms page to download the 2020 Master Plan.

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