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Building Permits & Inspections

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.

For hours of construction and building code information please see information further down on this page.

Applications

INSPECTION SCHEDULING

Contact (847) 304-3460 to schedule inspections. In order to schedule an inspection you will need to provide the following information: building permit number, site address and type of inspection. All inspections must be scheduled at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance. If your call is not answered, please leave your name, contact information, address and permit number and you will receive a call back to schedule your inspection. Your inspection is only confirmed and scheduled when you receive a call back confirming a date and time for your inspection.

CONTRACTOR REGISTRATION

All contractors and subcontractors associated with your permit must be registered with the Village.  Your permit will not be issued until all contractors have completed the required contractor registration.

PENDING OR IN PROCESS PERMIT APPLICATIONS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN APPROVED

If you applied for a permit and received review comments via email from the Zoning Division, Engineering Division and/or Building Division please work directly with the Staff person that provided those comments to resubmit documents, provide additional information, etc.  If you did not receive any review comments, please email Jillian Chojnowski at jchojnowski@barrington-il.gov or call (847) 304-3460 to check the status of your permit.

APPROVED & READY TO ISSUE PERMITS

If you applied for a permit and it was approved and is now ready to be issued you will receive an email from Jillian Chojnowski at jchojnowski@barrington-il.gov  with next steps and instruction on how to obtain your permit.

NEW PERMIT APPLICATIONS

The Village now accepts all new permit permit applications and all required supporting documents electronically except as noted below for larger scale projects.   In person payment and permit pick-up is required for all permits. Please review the general requirements for electronic permit submission below as well as the submittal requirements specific to your permit type at the end of this section.

INCOMPLETE OR PARTIAL PERMIT SUBMITTALS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

Prepare & Send Documents

All permit submittals must be emailed to Susan Elder at selder@barrington-il.gov and include the following information:

    • Email subject line must read “Permit Application – Address of work
      Example: Permit Application – 123 Main Street
    • Email must include all required documents in PDF format (see permit specific submittal requirements at the end of this section).

PeRmit Application Is Logged and Reviewed

Once all required documents have been received your permit will be logged and reviewed.  You may receive review comments or requests for additional information via email during the review process.

    Permit Approval and Pick-Up

    Upon approval of your permit you will receive an email informing you that your permit is ready for pick-up.  Following receipt of this email, please visit Village Hall at 200 S. Hough Street to consent to permit inspections and conditions and pay for your permit.

      Display Permit

      Prior to commencement of any work associated with the permit, you must print the full set of emailed approved permit documents and permit placard and ensure they are readily available on-site at all times. The permit placard must be displayed in a visible location on-site.  No inspections will be conducted if the approved permit plans are not readily available on-site.

        Permit Submittal Requirements

        Deck/Gazebo
        • Village of Barrington Construction Permit Application
        • Plat of Survey
        • Scaled Site Plan
          • Show full scope of work
          • Note location of proposed work and setbacks from applicable property lines
        • Construction/Framing Plans
          • Note height of deck from grade and/or height of Gazebo from grade
        • Grading plans and/or impervious surface calculations may be required depending on scope of work
        Demolition Permit
        Driveway, Patio, or Walkway
        • Village of Barrington Construction Permit Application
        • Plat of Survey
        • Scaled Site Plan
          • Show full scope of work
          • Note width of driveway at property line and width of driveway at the street
        • Grading plans and/or impervious surface calculations may be required depending on scope of work
        • Quote/Contract/Project & Material Specifications
          • Note proposed material and thickness (asphalt, concrete, pavers, stone base)
          • Note any expansion of existing footprint
          • Provide specifications for pavers, if utilizing
        Fences
        • Village of Barrington Construction Permit Application
        • Plat of Survey
          • Clearly mark the location of the proposed fence on the plat of survey
        • Fencing Specifications
          • Fence material, height, style, etc. must be provided.  This information is found on the proposal from your contractor. 
        Fire Alarm
        • Village of Barrington Construction Permit Application
        • Fire Alarm Drawings and Specifications
        Fire Supression
        • Village of Barrington Construction Permit Application
        • Fire Suppression Drawings and Specifications 
        • Fire Suppression Technical Submission as required per 225 ILCS 325/1
        Generator
        • Village of Barrington Construction Permit Application
        • Plat of Survey
          • Mark the location of the proposed generator and setbacks from applicable property lines
        • Equipment Specifications
        HV/AC
        • Village of Barrington Construction Permit Application
        • Plat of Survey
          • Mark the location of the proposed AC Unit and setbacks from applicable property lines
        • Equipment Specifications
        Interior Alterations (ex. kitchen & bath remodels)
        • Village of Barrington Construction Permit Application
        • Detailed written description of proposed work
        • Detailed construction plans
        Lawn Irrigation System
        • Village of Barrington Construction Permit Application
        • Plat of Survey
          • Mark the location of of all sprinkler heads on the plat of survey.  Sprinkler heads cannot be located in the right-of-way and must be located on private property.
        • RPZ Specifications
        New Construction (House or Garage), Additions and/or Large Interior Remodels

        PAPER SUBMITTAL REQUIRED (2 copies for residential and 3 copies for commercial projects)

        • Village of Barrington Construction Permit Application
          Note: all contractors and subcontractors must be registered with the Village including but not limited to: general contractor, excavator, concrete, carpentry, plumbing, HV/AC, electrical, roofing, masonry, siding, paving, etc.
        • Detailed written description of proposed work
        • Residential Water Service Review Form or Commercial Water Service Review Form
        • Existing Plat of Survey
        • Scaled Site Plan (maybe be combined with engineering plans)
          • Show full scope of work.  All relevant items must be both labeled and dimensioned including but not limited to building dimensions, setback dimensions, driveway width, etc.
        • Stamped Engineering/Grading Plans –
          • Existing and proposed conditions
          • Impervious surface calculations
          • NOTE: Projects requiring engineering plans will not be accepted or reviewed without the inclusion of said plans.
        • Stamped Architectural Plans
          • The following information must be accurately provided (calculated per VoB Zoning Ordinance) and clearly labeled on all applicable plan sheets: floor area, lot coverage, impervious surface, setbacks, daylight plane and average grade at property line, building height and average pre-development grade at the front face of the building, top of foundation, and top of finished floor.
          • NOTE: Compliance with the Electric Vehicle Charging Act is required (Public Act 103-0053)
        • Soil Boring Information
          • Permits for new construction and additions which are deeper than the existing structure must provide the Village with a soil boring with the seasonally adjusted water table level data.  If the report indicates that the 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.
        • Separate demolition and fire suppression/alarm permits are required when necessary
        Parking Lot Repairs/Replacement/Striping
        • Village of Barrington Construction Permit Application
        • Site Plan (on Plat or Aerial photo)
          • Show full scope of work
          • Note typical dimensions of parking stalls and aisles
          • Note Accessible stalls and routes and grading information, as applicable
          • Note width of driveway at the property line and at the street
        • Quote or Contract
          • Note proposed material and thickness (asphalt, concrete, pavers, stone base)
        • Provide specifications for pavers, if utilizing. 
        Playset - Zoning Review Only - No Fee
        • Village of Barrington Construction Permit Application
        • Plat of Survey
          • Note location of proposed playset, location and setbacks from applicable property lines
          • Playset Specifications 
        Permanent Swimming Pool
        • Village of Barrington Construction Permit Application
        • Detailed written description of proposed work
        • Existing Plat of Survey 
        • Scaled Site Plan (maybe be combined with engineering plans)
          • Show full scope of work and all relevant items including but not limited to pool dimensions, setback from all property lines, patio/deck location and dimensions, pool equipment pad and equipment location and dimensions and fencing location. 
        • Stamped Engineering/Grading Plans if applicable –
          • Existing and proposed conditions
          • Impervious surface calculations
        • Pool and Pool Equipment specifications
        • Fencing Specifications or approved STMC rated automatic locking cover specifications
        Temporary/Seasonal Swimming Pool - no fee permit required for zoning and building code compliance review
        • Village of Barrington Construction Permit Application
        • Letter from property owner with pool specifications and indicating that the proposed pool will be fully removed at the end of the summer season.  
        • Existing Plat of Survey 
        • Site Plan (can be a hand marked plat of survey) showing pool location & dimensions and setbacks from side and rear property lines.  Pools are not permitted in front or corner side yards.
        • Fencing Specifications or other 2018 International Residential Code compliant solution.  If you have an existing fence, provide a photo of the fence with the height of the fence clearly marked and documentation of a self-latching gate .  Pools less than 48″ in height require fencing which may be satisfied by an existing fence. 
        Roof/Gutters/Siding/Trim
        • Village of Barrington Construction Permit Application
        • Quote/Contract/Project & Material/Product Specifications
        • If property is located within the Historic District the following additional information may be required:
          • Images, specifications or section details of existing materials may be required. 
        Sanitary and Water Service Repair
        • Village of Barrington Construction Permit Application
        • Plat of Survey or Site Plan (on Plat or Aerial photo)
          • Show full scope of work
          • Note location of proposed work including location of bbox and/or cleanout
          • Note any required pavement cuts and proposed restoration 
        • Quote or Contract
          • Note proposed materials
          • Letter of intent from the plumbing contractor 
        Signs/Awnings
        • Village of Barrington Construction Permit Application
        • Plat of Survey and scaled site plan for all freestanding signs showing setbacks from applicable property lines
        • Sign specifications
          • Location, size, frontage, sign height, sign height from grade, sign projection, setback, material, type of Illumination, colors
        Solar Panels
        • Village of Barrington Construction Permit Application
        • Roof plan showing the location of the solar panels
        • Specifications of the solar panels including size and mounting equipment and electrical plan
        Water Heaters
        • Village of Barrington Construction Permit Application
        • Water heater specifications including the size and capacity 
        • Letter of intent from the plumber 
        Windows/Doors
        • Village of Barrington Construction Permit Application
        • Window/Door Schedule and Window/Door Specifications
        • If property is located within the Historic District the following additional information is required:
          • Images of all existing windows/doors to be replaced.  An image of each side of the structure with the impacted windows circled is preferred.
          • If window trim replacement is proposed, provide a detailed drawing of both the existing and proposed window trim including materials, profile and dimensions.

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        Hours of Construction

        Monday – Friday: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

        Saturday – Sunday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

        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 (2021 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.

         

        Green Initiatives/Resources

        • Help Barrington be PHOSPHORUS FREE! Resolution No. 09-3374
        • 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”.
        • Visit www.iccsafe.org for information on green codes.