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Building and Inspection Services

The City provides residential and commercial building permits.

Permits: COVID-19 Pandemic Response

 COVID-19 Face Covering Order

The City of Evanston has issued an Order requiring all persons working in or patronizing "essential businesses and operations," as defined in the Governor's Stay-at-Home Order, to wear cloth face coverings.

The Community Development Department has suspended the emergency permit procedure and is accepting and issuing permits for all permit types.  

Plan review, permit applications and all submitted documents shall be sent in pdf format only to  All required documents must be sent in a single email or the permit will not be processed. Larger plans that cannot be sent as an email attachment may be sent using dropbox. Dropbox plans must be in one complete pdf (not separate page files) and cannot be password protected for access.

All permits shall be issued with recommended COVID-19 procedures and all workers shall wear face covering while performing work in Evanston. 

Inspection requests are being scheduled by 311(847 448-4311 if outside Evanston).  Most inspections will be performed remotely via photo/video and the inspectors will provide the resident or contractor direction on what is acceptable to show code compliance. 

 Process Components
Building Permit Application Checklist and Worksheet

To obtain a building permit, submit the applicable checklist and/or worksheet along with the building permit application.




Online Permit Payment 

  • Building Permit
  • Building Re-Inspection
  • Building Contractor Registration

Permit Fee Schedule

Citizen's Access Portal

Search permits and contractor registration records


Building Permit Desk Hours

2100 Ridge Ave., Rm. 3510

8:30am–Noon and 1pm–4pm

Construction Hours

Monday–Friday: 7am–7pm

Saturday: 8am–5pm

Sunday: Work not allowed

Building Codes

The City of Evanston has adopted the following 2012 International Code Council Model Codes with the additions, deletions, exceptions, and other amendments set forth in Title 4 of the City Code.

Adopted Building Codes

(see the City Code)

  • 2012 International Building Code (IBC)
  • 2012 International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings (IRC)
  • 2012 International Mechanical Code
  • 2012 International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2011 National Electric Code (NFPA 70)
  • 2012 NFPA Life Safety Code 101
  • 2012 International Fire Code
  • 2018 International Energy Conservation Code
  • Illinois Plumbing Code
  • Illinois Accessibility Code
Code Resources

International Code Council

National Fire Protection Association

Illinois Capital Development Board

Green Ordinance

Green Ordinance - Measures Summary - Interior Renovations

Green Ordinance Measures Summary - New Buildings Additions

Check with the Illinois EPA for all construction related environmental issues and permits.