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Search Permit Applications and Registered Contractors online

 Building and Inspection Services offers ONLINE PAYMENT for the following items:

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

The Building and Inspection Services Division provides for the enforcement of the City's adopted Building Codes. Division functions include review of building plans and documents, permit issuance, and construction inspections. 

Project Checklists are required to be submitted with all permit applications except over the counter permits. Applicable Worksheets are required for most applications.


Building Permit Desk:

2100 Ridge Avenue Room 3510

Hours:  8:30am-12:00pm



Allowable Construction Hours:

Monday - Friday:  7:00am-7:00pm

Saturday:  8:00am-5:00pm

Sunday:  Work not allowed


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.

Permit Fee Schedule

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
  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code

ICC code books and electronic versions are available for purchase from the International Code Council. The 2012 International Fire Code, NFPA Life Safety Code, and 2011 National Electric Code are all available free online from the National Fire Protection Association. Hard copies of all codes are available for review at the permit desk and the Evanston Public Library.

The City of Evanston also enforces the following State of Illinois codes. These are available online from the Illinois Capital Development Board:

  • Illinois Plumbing Code
  • Illinois Accessibility Code
  • Illinois Energy Conservation Code (2015 IECC and ASHRAE Standard 90.1 with CDB amendments)

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.