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 firstname.lastname@example.org; 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 emergencypermits@
- Permit Applications
- Building Plans and Document Review
- Contractor Registration
- Construction inspections
Building Permit Application Checklist and Worksheet
To obtain a building permit, submit the applicable checklist and/or worksheet along with the building permit application.
- Building Permit
- Building Re-Inspection
- Building Contractor Registration
Citizen's Access Portal
Building Permit Desk Hours
2100 Ridge Ave., Rm. 3510
8:30am–Noon and 1pm–4pm
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
- 2018 International Energy Conservation Code
- Illinois Plumbing Code
- Illinois Accessibility Code
Check with the Illinois EPA for all construction related environmental issues and permits.