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At this time the Village is only coordinating permits for emergency situations.  If you believe you have an emergency situation requiring a permit please contact Marie Hansen at mhansen@barrington-il.gov and indicate "EMERGENCY PERMIT - PROPERTY ADDRESS" in the email subject line.  We will then coordinate the best way to proceed based upon your specific situation.  

The Village will continue to conduct inspections on a very limited basis for unoccupied dwellings, crucial exterior inspections and emergency inspections in occupied dwellings required to maintain the safety, sanitation and/or occupation of the dwelling ONLY.  You may contact (847) 304-3400 and select "3" for Development Services to schedule inspections.  Inspections will be scheduled for Wednesdays ONLY.  If your call is not answered, please leave your name, contact information and permit number and you will receive a call back to schedule your inspection.  Your inspection is only confirmed and scheduled if you receive a call back confirming a date and time for your inspection.  

The rest of our Development Services Staff is still working remotely and available by email to answer questions and provide information.  However, no permits will be accepted, reviewed or issued until further notice. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this difficult and unprecedented time.   

Construction Permit Application

Contractor's Registration Application 2020

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!


Do I need a  permit? Prepare Documents  Submit  Permit Review & Approval  Pick-up & Payment 
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 
roofs, siding 
and/or windows, 
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
In general, a completed
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 complete a Business Registration/Zoning Certificate before a
permit will be issued.  For more information on opening a new business click here
Building permits 
may be 
submitted in 
person Monday 
thru Friday 
8:00am – 

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

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-

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


For specific questions, call the Development Services Department at (847) 304-3460 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
635677038556230000Inspection 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

635677038556230000 (1)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
  • 635677038556230000 (2)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. 

Contact Information
Bryan Ackerlund  Senior Building Inspector  backerlund@barrington-il.gov  (847) 304-3473


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