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What are permits and why do I need one?
Permits are the way the City of Geneva regulates construction. The permit application review process and on-site inspections ensure that all construction in the City is safe. The safety of the occupants of buildings is the primary reason for having construction codes. The City of Geneva has adopted the International Residential Code, International Building Code, International Mechanical Code, State of Illinois Plumbing Code, and the National Electrical Code. There are also federal, state and local laws that govern construction.

Obtaining the permit is just the first step toward completing your project. During this step, you may need to submit plans to the department, provide copies of your plat of survey showing proposed improvements, and the type of construction you will be doing. Please check the appropriate information above to help you through this process.

Once plans are approved the permit is issued and you will be required to build the project according to the approved plans. If any changes are made to the plans, they must be approved by the Division before the work is performed.

Obtaining a permit and passing inspections ensure that the work complies with applicable codes. If you plan to sell your home or building, the Division maintains a permit and inspection record for your property. Prospective buyers will be able to review the permit issuance and inspection records.

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1. What are permits and why do I need one?
2. When do I need a permit?
3. Where do I obtain a permit?
4. What kind of drawings or plans do I need?
5. How long will it take for my permit to be approved?
6. Can I start any of my construction project work before my permit is approved?
7. Do I have to pay the permit fees when I apply?
8. What form of payment do you accept?
9. When does my permit expire?
10. Are inspections required?
11. What do I do when my project is complete?
12. What happens if I don't get a permit?
13. Do I need to permit to remove a tree in my yard?
14. Will my construction project require the Tree Preservation Plan Review Application?
15. How do I get a survey of my property?
16. If I do any work to my home, will my property taxes be increased?
17. I live in the Historic District of Geneva and want to do some exterior work on my house and property. What is the process of getting a permit?
18. If I hire a contractor to do my work, who is responsible for obtaining the permit?
19. Additional questions?