Building and Permitting


Building permits help protect your neighborhood, your investment, and current and future owners and residents of your building by ensuring all work meets construction industry standards. Permits can be mailed in, dropped in the drop box in the village hall parking lot (white box, WEST side of lot), dropped off at our front desk, or emailed to Once payment is received, we will mail and/or email the permit paperwork to you. Permits will only be issued when all contractors are listed on the permit and licensed with the Village of Brookfield.


Inspections require a minimum of 24-hour notice.  During the busy spring (late March, early April) and summer months, plan ahead and schedule your inspection 2-3 days in advance.


The quickest way to reach us is by email: If the phone is preferred, please call 708-485-7344: Option 3.


Applications, Documents and Forms

All checklists, guidelines, and application forms can be found on the Forms webpage.  Building applications are reviewed in several steps.



Building Permit Construction Review

There are two types of review:  (a) plan reviews to verify the soundness of construction plans/blueprints; and (b) field inspections. Here is the detailed flow of the Building Permit Review Process:


*Equivalent to certificate of occupancy

Ancillary documents are often necessary and should be inquired about when planning begins:

  • Parkway Bonds
  • MWRD – Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Permits. Because MWRD is a separate unit of government, these permits are not controlled by the Village of Brookfield.

What Does MWRD do?

  • MWRD inspects plumbing lines that connect to the municipal sewer
  • Their jurisdiction starts from the point at which the sewer “exits” the building foundation
    • Anything inside the building foundation is inspected by the municipal inspector (plumbing)
    • Anything outside the building foundation is inspected by MWRD (sewer)
      • MWRD does not report to the Village of Brookfield
      • They have independent inspection authority
    • Bottom line: your general contractor needs to let the Village know if an MWRD inspection might be triggered


About Contractor Licenses

All contractors and subcontractors doing work in the Village of Brookfield are required to obtain a Village of Brookfield Contractor License.  All contractors are required to provide a signed original of a License and Permit Bond in the sum of $10,000 and a Certificate of Insurance naming the Village of Brookfield as Certificate Holder.  License fees are typically $150. the following licenses are required:

  • Roofers – State of Illinois Roofing License
  • Plumbers – State of Illinois or City of Chicago Plumbing License
  • Electrical – Any license from a testing municipality approved by the Village of Brookfield.


About Building Codes

The Village of Brookfield regulates construction through the following codes:

  • 2015 International Building Code
  • 2015 International Residential Code
  • 2015 International Existing Building Code
  • 2015 International Fire Code
  • 2015 International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2015 International Mechanical Code
  • 2018 International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2014 State of Illinois Plumbing Code
  • 2014 City of Chicago Electrical Code


Building Permit Fee Schedule