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Building and Inspection Services

The City provides residential and commercial building permits.

Temporary Building Permit Desk Now Open at the
Robert Crown Community Center

LOCATION:                                      Robert Crown Community Center, Room A (1801 Main St.) 
HOURS OF OPERATION:    Monday, Tuesday  9am-1pm, 2-4pm
                                                                    Wednesday-Friday  9am-Noon

To ensure the safety of visitors and staff, a reservation is required and face coverings must be worn inside the building at all times. Visitors will be subject to a temperature screening upon arrival, and should maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from those outside their household.

Reservations are required for all over-the-counter permits using the City's online reservation system. A 15-minute time slot is required for each permit. Customers who need multiple permits must reserve one time slot per permit to ensure adequate time to complete the process.  There is a maximum of four times slots per visit.  Walk-ins will not be accepted.

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Electrical Permit        Gutter/Siding Permit       Interior Drain Tile      Plumbing Permit

Roof Permit                Tuckpointing Permit        Window Replacement Permit


The City highly recommends that permit desk customers email completed applications to prior to their scheduled appointment. Those who do not email their completed permit applications ahead of time must bring a hard copy of their completed application with them to their appointment, including all required documents. Incomplete paperwork will not be accepted, and customers will have to schedule another appointment. Any applications that were submitted via email prior to August 3 can also be processed and there is no need to resend the email.  

Permits and receipts will be emailed one the permit is processed to limit the exchange between applicants and our staff.  Credit cards and checks will be accepted for payment.


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. 


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.

 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

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.