Are there handouts and information available about permits?
Yes. Please visit this website: Permit handouts and flyers
I need work done on my home. Can the Village of Woodridge recommend a contractor for me?
As it is, the Village cannot recommend contractors, but our website list all permits issued by month and year. It contains addresses, contractors, the specific job completed, and the estimated cost of the projects. It can be helpful to either look at a job done in your neighborhood or check contractors by the cost of their work. Search “Issued Building Permits” on our website or visit:
What is a plat of survey?
A plat of survey is a drawing in the field by a certified Illinois licensed land surveyor that represents a single property. A plat of survey is usually required for a mortgage closing, refinancing, or building permit. Plats of Survey submitted with permit applications, need to be 11”x17” inches in size. Do you have only one copy of the plat of survey? If so, we can make additional copies for you.
Do I have any open permits on my home?
Call the Community Development Department at 630-719-4750, and we can check. If you have open permits, we can discuss your options to resolve the issues and complete your permit.
Do I need a permit for my roof?
Yes, a permit is required for a roof. When the permit is submitted, the Village verifies that we have a State of Illinois Roofers license on file. The Village of Woodridge does not require a final inspection for a roof.
I'm replacing the siding and gutters on my house. Is a permit required?
No, replacing siding, gutters, fascia, and soffits do not require a permit. If this work includes the roof, only the roof portion needs a permit. The estimated cost of the job should only include the roof portion.
I need new windows. Is a permit required?
If you are replacing your windows/doors with the same size then no permit is required. If the size is changing, yes, a permit is required.
Do I need a permit for a new air conditioner/furnace or water heater?
Yes, a permit and final inspection are required to assure the systems are installed properly. Once the unit is installed, the homeowner is responsible for scheduling a final inspection to ensure the air conditioner and water heater is installed correctly and to code. Inspections usually take approximately 15 minutes. We schedule these inspections Monday – Friday, and you may request a specific time for your inspection if it is available.
Why did my air conditioner/furnace or water heater fail my final inspection?
The most common reasons are listed below:
- Breakers – (AC/Furnace)
Breakers cannot exceed the manufacturer’s recommendations as stated on the label attached to the condenser. (This is the most common reason for failed inspections)
- Bonding – (Water Heaters)
Per the National Electric Code: a wire needs to be clamped and installed bonding of the hot and cold lines and gas line. For a 100 amp service, a #8 copper wire needs to connect the hot water, cold water and gas lines. For a 200 amp service, a #4 copper wire needs to connect the hot water, cold water and gas lines NEC 250.102 (B)
- All gas appliances – (Furnace/Water Heaters)
Sediment trap required per G2419.4 (408.4) Sediment Trap. "Where a sediment trap is not incorporated as part of the appliance, a sediment trap shall be installed downstream of the appliance shutoff valve, as close to the inlet of the appliance as practical."
It's summer, I want to install a pool. What do I need to do?
A permit is required for a pool installation. A plat of survey is needed showing the location of the pool and a line drawn, indicating where the electric and/or gas line will be connected. Specifications on the pool/equipment to be installed should be submitted with the application. The permit application should list all of the contractors.
Additional information regarding inspections, electric/gas line depth (NO electric extension cords are permitted), pool equipment bonding, and fence requirements are listed in the Pool Handout, on our website: https://cms9files.revize.com/woodridgeil/Document%20Center/Government/Community%20Development/Permit%20Application/Pool%20Installation%20Guide.pdf
Inspections required: underground electric/gas line and final inspection in order to close your permit.
I'm installing a new fence or replacing my existing fence in the same location. Do I need a permit?
Yes, a permit is required if you are installing a new fence or replacing an existing fence. Please submit a permit application and a copy of your plat of survey, indicating the fence location on the property. Don’t forget to call J.U.L.I.E. at (800) 892-0123 before you dig. No inspection is required, but we do occasionally check that the fence was installed per the location submitted on the plat. Please refer to the fence installation handout for more information.
What inspections do I need for my deck permit?
Inspections include a ledger board (if replacing), post holes (to check the depth), and a final inspection. Inspectors will check the handrails. The guidelines for railings are in the handout below. Link: Deck Handrail/Guard/Stair Installation Guide ***
What inspections do I need for my patio permit?
A patio requires a base inspection and a final inspection. Whether pouring concrete or installing pavers, “it’s all about the base” to ensure your patio is completed correctly and within the required lot line codes. If steps are part of your patio, see the next question regarding steps.
What are the major reasons my deck and/or patio fail inspections?
Stairs and steps are the major reasons for a failed inspection, and stair and step height cannot differ by more than 3/8 of an inch. All steps must be uniform in height and depth to prevent falling. Please refer to the attached handout:
Why do I need a final inspection?
A final inspection closes your permit and assures the project is up to code. Open permits can hold up the sale of your home. If a final inspection were disapproved and the work was not done to code, that work would need to be corrected before the sale of your home.