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Projects and Activites That Do Not Require Permits

A full list can be found at the Planning, Building & Development site.

Types of Permits and Approvals

Type Description
Building Permit Required for new construction, additions, alterations, garages, sheds, fences, signs, plumbing or electrical work, etc.
Change of Use Permit Required for changing the use of the building or land
Demolition Permit Required for demolishing a building
Site Development Permit Required for grading, filling, or moving of earth
Temporary Use Permit Required for establishing a temporary use such as a fund raiser, outdoor concerts, christmas tree, farm produce, or food sales, etc
Conditional Use Permit Required to establish certain special uses
Administrative Conditional Use Permit Issued for use legally existing prior to changes in the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)
Zoning Approvals Various types of approvals such as rezonings and variations.
Subdivision Approvals Required for the subdivision of land and applications involving subdivisions.

Common Projects

Building a House

Building Additions or Alterations to a House
Including adding decks and attached garages

Building a Garage, Shed, Swimming Pool, Gazebo or other accessory structures

Changing the Use of the Building or Property
e.g. converting residential to commercial use, converting industrial to retail/commercial, converting retail to restaurant use

Replacing/Repairing Septic Systems or Wells

Building a Fence

Re-roofing, re-siding or electrical upgrade

County Road Access

  • Major – new subdivision/commercial development
  • Minor – residential driveway

Sewer and Water

Fill and Grade Property (only for unincorporated)


  • Building
  • Health Department Approval to Cap Well
  • Check other utilities

Agricultural Uses

  • Wholesale nursery, horse stables, farm animals or other agricultural uses

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Central Permit Facility
500 W. Winchester Rd., Unit 101
Libertyville, IL 60048

Ph. 847.377.2600