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When do I need a permit?
A building permit is required for all new construction including buildings, fences, sheds, decks, gazebos, pergolas, patios, sidewalks, driveways, irrigation systems, pools, and hot tubs.

A building permit is also required for existing structures where the work to be done is regulated by a code. For example, any changes or replacement of water or gas piping, wiring, heating and central air conditioning systems, or water heaters require a permit. Work that affects the structure of any wall, door or window opening, roof element, etc., as well as replacement of windows, doors and permanent exterior coverings such as roofing and siding requires a permit

If you have any questions about whether a permit is required, please call the Building Division at (630) 262-0280.

Building Permits

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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?