Building Commercial

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 JULY 1, 2019 THE STATE OF ILLINOIS HAS MANDATED THAT ALL MUNICIPALITIES ENFORCE THE 2018 EDITION OF THE INTERNATIONAL ENERGY CONSERVATION CODE FOR ALL COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS. THEREFORE, THE CITY OF ELMHURST IS ENFORCING THE IECC 2018 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

Commercial Building Resources

Elmhurst Building Department The following links will provide information relating to Commercial Building. If additional information is needed, please contact the Community Development Department at (630) 530-3030.
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New and/or Prospective Commercial Tenants


With any change of commercial occupancy, the following information regarding Fire and Life Safety Codes must be adhered to:
1. Any change of occupancy will require the installation of a Fire Alarm System
2. Any change of occupancy that increases the Hazard Use will also require the installation of a Fire Sprinkler System
3. Certification of Occupancy and Alarm Permit Applications
4. New Business License

Landlord notification to new and/or prospective tenants of the above Fire and Life Safety Codes will help ensure a smooth transition for new tenants and businesses in Elmhurst.

SUBMIT A QUESTION TO THE BUILDING DEPARTMENT HERE