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Building & Inspection Services

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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.

Allowable construction hours:

Monday - Friday: 7am - 7pm 
Saturday: 8am - 5pm
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.

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)

Fee Ordinance, Permits and Licenses

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.