General Permit Information

Projects Requiring a Permit

Permits are required for any structural, electric, mechanical, plumbing work and tree removal.  Permit fees are established in the Village Ordinance.  

For the following projects, please complete the Minor Permit Application

    A/C Replacement
    Electrical Service Upgrade
    Furnace Replacement
    Roofing (Tear off or Re-Roof)
    Sewer/ Water Service Repair
    Water Heater Replacement
    Windows, Doors Replacement

For all other projects, including, but not limited to, the following, please complete the Major Permit Application
             Accessory Structures                          Fence                                                           Patio/ Walkway/ Stoop
             Additions or Alterations                     Fill/ Grading                                               Parking Lot
             Basement Finishing                             Floodplain Development                        Plumbing 
             Deck/ Balcony                                       Garage                                                       Retaining Wall (where over 4' tall)
             Demolition- Interior                             Gazebo/ Pergola                                     Seawall
             Demolition- Building                           HVAC                                                          Shed     
             Domesticated Fowl Coop                   Irrigation System                                     Signage
             Driveway                                                New Residential Building                       Swimming Pool
             Electrical                                                New Commercial Building                     Tree Removal 

Permit Application- Major
Permit Application- Minor
Permit Application- Signage 
Permit Application- Tree Removal
Permit Application- Watershed Development

Why do I need a Permit? 


A building permit helps ensure safe construction and protects home values. The Village of Fox Lake has adopted nationally recognized building codes that reflect safe and modern construction practices. The trained and knowledgeable staff in the Community Development Department have many years of construction experience and apply these standards during permit review and inspection.

Plan Review

All plans are reviewed to ensure they meet current Village Codes and Ordinances.  Plan reviews are needed to confirm architectural, civil, fire and zoning requirements are satisfied.  The initial plan review will provide comments within ten (10) business days. 


If you have questions regarding building permits, please contact the Building Department at (847) 587-3176.