Building Department

BUILDING DEPARTMENT
The Building Department performs many functions and provides much needed services. In general the Building Department oversees all construction and development throughout the City of Prospect Heights as well as the maintenance and upkeep of existing properties. The Department consists of many various categories of responsibilities such as; Building, Zoning, Planning, Economic Development, and Health.

Building: We provide a detailed professional construction permit service, yearly residential and commercial registration and safety inspection programs along with a periodic health-safety inspection program for all businesses involving food.

Zoning/Planning: The Comprehensive Plan in conjunction with the Zoning Ordinance establishes the City’s goals and objectives for future developments. The Zoning Code establishes limitations on uses, location (setbacks), involving minimum or maximum building sizes and heights. Minimum parking standards are established specifically for the property usage and structures. Planning through establishing a written approved comprehensive plan and zoning code gives direction to staff and the public on proposed future use(s) of particular lots, parcels, and/or grouped areas. Check the zoning ordinance for setback, use, and height restrictions.

Economic Development: The City of Prospect Heights is OPEN FOR BUSINESS. Our department offers an opportunity to meet and discuss your proposed business. We can discuss the details as it may relate to City, County, and State regulations and see how/where the business would be best located. Consider the City your partner to gain a successful business.

Health Inspection Program
The Building Department oversees the Periodic Health Inspection Program which consists of periodic safety/health inspections of certain businesses such as restaurants and grocery stores to ensure public health, safety, and welfare.
Building Permits
The Building Department oversees the entire permit process for any and all residential, commercial, and industrial construction throughout the City. The permit process involves the property owner or contractor to submit a detailed proposal of what they are requesting permission to construct or alter. The plans are reviewed for code compliance, upon correction and approval of the construction documents, the permit will be issued. The contractor(s) shall register with the city prior the issuance of the permit. Inspection(s) are required throughout various stages of the project; and approval is expected prior to continuing onto the next phase. A certificate of occupancy (approval) is required for newly occupied spaces prior to any occupancy.

The disciplines of oversight include; Structural, Plumbing, Electric, Mechanical, HVAC, Energy Accessibility, Fire, Engineering, and Zoning. In general the construction, addition, and/or alteration of any structure including the removal and replacement of any HVAC unit(s), impervious surface, and/or grading requires a permit. This includes basic kitchen, basement and bathroom remodeling, but excludes re-roofing and cosmetic work such as painting. Note: The Fire District (FD) and the Building Department works closely with each other, but the FD handles all fire department related permits such as alarm and fire systems.

  • Building Contractor Registration (for all contractors except state licensed contractor(s))
  • Building Permit Application (one simple generic all purpose application)

    Rental Inspection Program
    The Building Department oversees the Yearly Residential Rental Safety Inspection Program which was established in 2007. This program requires the landlord to register their property every year, which involves a scheduled safety inspection. The inspection reviews the property for any property maintenance violations or life-safety issues.

    Rental Inspection Fees effective January 1, 2008 are as follows: 1st inspection is $125.00, First re-inspection is $175.00, and all subsequent re-inspections are $175.00.

  • Rental Dwelling Registration Application
  • Rental Dwelling Inspection Checklist

  • Commercial Business Inspection Program
    The Building Department oversees the Yearly Commercial Business Safety Inspection program which was established in 2007. This program requires the business owner to register their property every year, which involves a scheduled safety inspection. The inspection reviews the property for any property maintenance violations or life-safety issues.

    · Business Registration Application