Naperville, Illinois is only 30 miles from Chicago. It isn’t as big as the Windy City, but Naperville has a population of nearly 150,000 people. If you want to build there, you need permits. Illinois contractors should learn about Naperville permits and licenses.
New buildings and home improvements need permits in Naperville. If you are hired to build a deck, patio, or fence, you’ll also need permission. Making minor changes of painting, floors, and other basics do not require a permit from the city. Fill out an application to get started.
Before giving a permit for a building, Naperville looks at your plans. When you apply, have as much information available as possible about your project. You want to be ready for questions.
Naperville has a process called foundation review. It is only for building single-family homes. Foundation review lets you begin digging and pouring the home’s foundation before getting your complete building permit. The permit saves time when you build a new house.
Call 630-420-6100 to get a foundation-only permit. You can ask questions and schedule a review meeting. The meetings are on Mondays and Thursdays at the Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street. Going to a meeting gives you a chance to submit plans and paperwork. Bring a completed application, seven sets of final grading, and two sets of plans to your appointment.
New buildings are not the only construction projects needing permits. Home improvement professionals also need permission to work in Naperville. Building projects such as additions, structural repairs, and building walls higher than three feet need permits. Roofing, electrical, and plumbing updates also need approval.
After you apply for a permit, you can get information about it online. Tracking your permit application helps you plan your project.
The city of Naperville, DuPage County, and the state of Illinois require construction contractors to keep current licenses. General contractors register with the county. Electrical contractors working in Naperville must be licensed and registered with the city. Plumbers must submit a current copy of their Illinois Department of Public Health Plumbing License every time they apply for a permit. Concrete professionals working in a right-of-way must register with the city. Roofers are licensed by the state.
Liability insurance is standard for construction contractors who work in Illinois. A surety bond may also be issued to protect against damages. Coverage of at least $1,000,000 per incident is recommended. A certificate of insurance is required when registering with DuPage County. It proves you have liability and worker’s compensation insurance.
Getting permits is an important first step. After applying, you can rent the right equipment to complete the job. Naperville surface conditions are excellent for using forklifts and manlifts. When projects call for boom lifts and scissor lifts, local clay soil provides a good base.
Ask questions about your project at the Building Permit Counter at the Transportation, Engineering, and Business Development Group. The Group can be reached at 630-420-6070.