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Building and Inspection Services

The City provides residential and commercial building permits.

Permits: COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Plan review and permit applications can continue to be submitted in digital format only at; however, with a few exceptions, new permits will not be issued until the Stay at Home Order is lifted. To request a future building inspection, community members may call or text 847-448-4311 to be placed on a list to be contacted when inspections resume. Some inspections deemed necessary may be performed during the Stay at Home Order via phone/video.

The Community Development Department will give consideration to building permit issuance and inspection requests for emergency work, projects with extenuating circumstances and exterior projects that can be performed safely by following recognized COVID-19 procedures. Residents and contractors who believe their projects meets this criteria should email

 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.