Building Department / Code Enforcement

Mission Statement
The primary mission of the Building Department is to effect the orderly processing of permit applications and subsequent inspections for all building activity within the community; and also to monitor and pursue compliance with standards of the adopted codes. This mission is fulfilled by: 1) Monitoring all building activity within the community by means of plan review; permit issuance and construction inspection; 2) Counseling prospective builders and developers relative to code requirements and life/safety issues; and 3) Responding to complaints for violations of the Municipal, Property Maintenance or series of adopted Building and Life Safety Codes.

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2016 THE STATE OF ILLINOIS HAS MANDATED THAT ALL MUNICIPALITIES ENFORCE THE 2015 EDITION OF THE INTERNATIONAL ENERGY CONSERVATION CODE FOR ALL COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS. THEREFORE, THE CITY OF ELMHURST IS ENFORCING THE IECC 2012 EDITION AS MANDATED.

New Lead Safety Law


Federal law requires contractors that disturb painted surfaces in homes, child care facilities and schools, built before 1978 to be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Always ask to see your contractor’s certification.
Federal law requires that individuals receive certain information before renovating six square feet or more of painted surfaces in a room for interior projects or more than twenty square feet of painted surfaces for exterior projects or window replacement or demolition in housing, child care facilities and schools built before 1978.


Renovators must provide a “Renovate Right” pamphlet to all customers prior to renovation work.

For more information, go to this website: www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovation.htm