Building Permits and Zoning

Building Permits

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.  The Village of Brookfield has expedited the process and has experts on hand to answer all of your questions.

Building Permits – What to Submit:

  • Application
  • Plat of Survey
  • Building Plans (Architectural Drawings)
    • Describes work to be performed
  • Cost Estimate (Copy of Contract)

Building Permit Approval Flow


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

Sooner is better to avoid surprises.

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

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.  For a full list of fees, please visit the Forms page.

In addition, 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.

Important Notes about Building Permits:

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 Village of Brookfield’s zoning code determines permitted uses for each zone or district.  Please refer to the zoning map for specific zones within the Village.

Village of Brookfield’s Zoning Map

Zoning determines permitted land uses and potential parking requirements.  For each district on the zoning map, certain uses are:

  • Allowed (“permitted by right”)
  • Allowed with conditions (“special use”)
  • Prohibited

Zoning also determines if the use or project is compliant with land coverage requirements and other criteria.  For example, zoning states that homeowners must keep 40% or more of the lot as open space.

Zoning Approval Flow


**Non-permitted uses include special uses and variances. They are routed through the Village Zoning and Planning Commission.

Additional Resources

Please contact the Village of Brookfield’s Department of Community & Economic Development with questions.  We will meet with you as needed to offer guidance.  These types of informal reviews may save you time and money before you hire contractors.

Informal Building Permit Review:

Megan Shilney, Permit Services Coordinator – 708-485-1406,

Informal Zoning Consultation:

Elyse Vukelich, Village Planner – 708 485-1445

Additional Support:

Michael Schwarz, Director of Community Development, 708 485-1113,