Building Permits & Inspections

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AS OF 9/1/18 - Upon submittal of a building permit for any new construction or an addition which is deeper than the existing structure the applicant is required to provide the Village with a soil boring with the seasonally adjusted water table level data.  If the report indicates excavation will occur into the water table, the foundation shall be raised above the water table or the slab and foundation shall be made waterproof.  

All construction permits for permanent structures and/or improvements including but not limited to additions, detached garages, driveways, sheds, fences, decks, patios, gazebos, porches, pergolas, outdoor fireplaces, swimming pools, sport courts and/or freestanding signs will require the property corner pins of the subject property to be located and clearly staked prior to the pre-pour inspection. It is the responsibility of the property owner to locate and stake the property corner pins. If the property owner is unable to locate the property corner pins, then it is their responsibility to hire a licensed surveyor to do so. If the property corner pins are not located and clearly staked at the time of the inspection, the inspection will not be conducted and a reinspection fee of $50.00 may apply. Work shall not commence until this requirement has been met and the pre-pour inspection has been approved. In the event of any discrepancy, the property owner may be required to hire a licensed surveyor to verify the location of the property corners. The Village does not employ a licensed surveyor and therefore, under state law, cannot locate property corners. The Village recommends that all property owners utilize a professional land surveyor to verify the location of their property lines.

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Follow the steps below for a quick and easy permit process!

Building Permit Process

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Permit Review &

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All work involving structural, electrical and/or plumbing alterations, additions or any work that effects the weather-tight envelope of the building requires a building permit.

A permit is also required for all exterior work including but not limited to new/replacement roofs, siding and/or windows, new/replacement driveways, fences, decks, patios, terraces, porches, walkways, trellises, arbors, outdoor fire pits or fireplaces, playground equipment, dog runs, sheds, detached garages, screened porches, swimming pools, sport courts, drainage improvements including burying downspouts.   

In general, a Construction Permit Application and 2 sets of plans are required for all permits. For specifics, see the Construction Permit Submittal Guidelines.

In addition, all contractors and subcontractors must complete a Contractor’s Registration before a permit will be issued.

Providing the correct submittal documents and completing the Contractor’s Registration will expedite the permit review process.

All new businesses also need to fill-out a Business Registration/Zoning Certificate before a permit will be issued.

Building permits may be submitted in person Monday thru Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm.

Permits may also be submitted via mail, however verify your submittal is complete before submitting via mail.

Incomplete submittals will not be processed until all necessary documentation is received. No permit fees are due at the time of submittal

The Village does not issue any over the counter building permits.

Your permit will be reviewed in the order in which it was received.

Upon approval of your permit, our front desk staff will contact you. Payment is due at the time of permit pick-up.

No permits will be issued until all contractors and subcontractors have completed a Contractor’s Registration.

For specific questions, call the Development Services Department and ask to speak with a Building Inspector


Hours of Construction
Monday - Friday: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Building Inspection Scheduling  

  •     Inspection
    In order to schedule a building inspection you need to provide the following information: building permit number, site address, type of inspection and the preferred date and time of inspection
  • To schedule a building, electrical, mechanical or plumbing inspection call the Development Services Department at (847) 304-3460.
  • All inspections must be scheduled at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance.
  • Do not leave a request for an inspection on a voicemail. Leave your contact information and our front desk staff will contact you directly to schedule your inspection. Do not assume your inspection will be completed if you leave a voicemail requesting an inspection. If you do leave a message, you will receive a phone call from our front desk staff confirming your inspection appointment.
Building, Electrical and Mechanical Inspections are available:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Wednesday: 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Plumbing Inspections are available:

Tuesday and Thursday: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

                       building codes               

Building Codes
The Village has adopted the 2018 International Codes which are effective for all submissions received on September 1, 2018 or thereafter.  These updates are part of the Village’s goal to maintain a standard of safe and effective building practices that are the most comprehensive to date. Adopting these codes allows Barrington to evolve with the building industry through changing technologies and research data.

Below is a list of the adopted building codes:

  • 2017 National Electrical Code
  • 2018 International Building Code
  • 2018 International Residential Code
  • 2018 International Mechanical Code
  • 2018 International Fire Code
  • 2018 International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2018 Property Maintenance Code
  • 2018 Swimming Pool and Spa Code
  • 2018 International Existing Building Code
  • Illinois Energy Conservation Code (2018 IECC)
  • Illinois State Plumbing Code
  • Illinois Accessibility Code

Along with these building codes, the Village of Barrington has adopted local amendments thereto. These amendments are included to reflect the specific life safety needs of the residents of Barrington as well as specific local conditions.  Building Code Adoption & Local Amendments

One such amendment applies to all new construction and additions which are deeper than the existing structure. Upon submittal of a building permit the applicant is required to provide the Village with a soil boring with the seasonally adjusted water table level data.  If the report indicates excavation will occur into the water table, the foundation shall be raised above the water table or the slab and foundation shall be made waterproof. 

Building Permits in the Historical Preservation Overlay District 

For all homes in the Historical District, please visit Historical Preservation Overlay District for more information about making improvements to your structures and/or sites.

Green Initiatives/Resources

  • Help Barrington be PHOSPHORUS FREE! Resolution No. 09-3374.
      Green Brick   

    In 2009, The Village of Barrington passed a Resolution encouraging all residents to discontinue use of any products containing phosphates or phosphorus. The use of products containing phosphorus can damage our local water supply. Commonly used products containing phosphorus include lawn fertilizer, dishwashing detergents, and laundry detergents. For more information on the effects of phosphorus and how to reduce your family’s use of phosphorus laced products, visit Lake County - Lake Management Unit and select “Phosphorus Free Fertilizer” or “Phosphorus in Lake County”.

Contact Information 

Plan Examiner

Jim Errico
 Building Inspector

(847) 304-3467

Bryan Ackerlund  Plan Examiner (847) 304-3473


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