Permits & Licenses

The Village's forms and license applications you need, whether remodeling your home, working on a commercial property, needing a business license or planning a community event, are found here. More forms will continually be added to this section of the website, and more of them will be made into online forms to add convenience for our customers. If you cannot locate a specific form or application, please call the Village at 847.368.5000.

Most of the forms below pertain to many residential and commercial building projects which require permit applications for the protection of the property owner, neighbors and Village.  In preparing for your project, please review the Business Resource Guide to the Development and Permit Process, by clicking on the Download Permits Licenses & Guides button below.  This guide provides a summary of the Village codes, regulations, policies and requirements that are designed to establish construction standards for our community.  







Department Assistance for Your Projects

We're here to help!  Whether you are remodeling a home or business, building a commercial building, starting a business, or planning a community event we want to make the paper process as easy and seamless as possible.  We'll first start by telling you which Village Department can help you with your projects...

Building & Life Safety Department
The Building & Life Safety Department receives all applications for permits pertaining to private property, single and multi-family residences, commercial and business properties. They route information to respective Village Departments for approval, and issue permits that comply with the Municipal Code.  

They also schedule all inspections, approves all revisions and addendums to drawings and coordinates all final inspections and occupancy requirements. The Department collects fees that enable the enforcement of all construction related codes and code inspections, which enhances the safety and quality of life for all who live in or visit Arlington Heights.  The Village’s Building & Life Safety Department is here to help with your questions and you can reach them at 847.368.5560, or email at building@vah.com.   

Engineering Department
The Engineering Department assists residents and developers with driveway projects, grading of backyards, road and sidewalk projects, new developments, detention needs, bike paths and requests for traffic signage for stop signs, speed limits, etc. Engineering and Public Works both assist with flooding concerns.  The Engineering Department can help you on these types of projects, so do not hesitate to call them at 847.368.5250 or email them at engineering@vah.com

Planning & Community Development Department
The Planning & Community Development Department assists residents, businesses and developers with applications and reviews for design, zoning and Plan Commission projects pertaining to single-family and commercial projects, sign variations, rezoning, land use variations, special uses and subdivisions. The Village's Planning & Community Development Department is here to assist you at 847.368.5200 or email them at planningmail@vah.com.

Integrated Services Department (ISD)
Planning a community for your organization? First of all, thank you for adding an event  for our community to enjoy! If your event involves using Village streets, public property, providing food to the public or selling alcohol, ISD can assist you. Contact the Village Manager's Office at 847.368.5100 or email administration@vah.com. Look for the forms you need in the Community Events folder in the document container above.

Scheduling Inspections

Building Services requires mandatory inspections while work is in progress to ensure that construction complies with approved plans and code regulations. Required inspections for your project are listed on your permit placard. 

All of the Village’s inspectors are trained in their specialties. While they cannot design your project, they are more than willing to offer advice to assist you in completing the job as quickly and easily as possible. If it is necessary to have any inspector stop by your project for assistance, please let Building Services know when you call. 

Work authorized by a permit must begin within six months from the date t he permit was issued and must also be completed within one year. Work extending beyond these time frames requires approval by the Director of Building & Life Safety Services. To obtain approval, fill out the permit extension letter and submit to Building & Life Safety Services. 

After pouring the foundation for new structures, a spotted plat of survey showing the exact location of the foundation on the lot and top of foundation elevation must be submitted to Building Services for approval. No framing on the foundation shall be permitted to occur prior to the approval of the spotted plat of survey. Allow at least 2-3 business days for survey approval. Be sure to schedule your final inspection accordingly. Rule of thumb about inspections:

  • To schedule an inspection, call Building Services at least 24 hours prior to the time you want the inspection to occur and 48 hours prior to final inspections
  • Your permit number is required in order to schedule an inspection
  • Specific inspection times are not available
  • Make sure that work to be inspected is complete before you call for the inspection. (You will be charged a nominal fee for failed inspections, including projects which are not ready when the inspector arrives)
  • Make sure all final inspections have been approved before you make final payment to your contractor. A request for final inspection shall be accompanied by a written statement from the architect and/or structural engineer of record that to the best of their knowledge, information and belief, the structure and all related fire, alarm, mechanical systems, building components, details, and site improvements for which the Certificate is requested comply in all respects to all applicable codes, as well as all Design Commission, Plan Commission and Village Board approvals and plans. If the architect or structural engineer is not including systems as part of their statement, then an attached statement from the design professional for each engineered system in the building is required. If any exceptions exist, they shall be noted with an explanation of steps being taken to remedy those deficiencies. A Certificate of Occupancy shall be issued within five business days after completion of the final inspection and correction of any deficiencies noted
  • After the final inspection, all violations of the approved plans and permit shall be noted and the applicant shall be notified of the discrepancies
  • You must be ready for the inspection. The inspector/s will not re-inspect your job on the same day. If you are not ready the first time, yo u will need to call Building & Life Safety Services and re-schedule for the following day and, if applicable pay a re-inspection fee. Payment of re-inspection fee/s are for jobs where there is not a cash bond on file
  • For concrete/asphalt/brick work, your permit covers one pre-pour and one final inspection by Building and Engineering. Additional inspection charges will be deducted from the bond on file. Approved pre-pour and final inspections are required for bond refund. If there is not a pre-pour inspection, your bond will be forfeited.

The following is a list of (but not limited to) required inspections:

  • Concrete/Brick Work, prior to placement & final; backfill required prior to final
  • Foundations
  • Drain/Tile/Dampproofing, prior to backfill
  • Approved Spotted Plat, prior to framing
  • Fireplace
  • Rough-in Electrical
  • Rough-in Plumbing
  • Framing
  • Insulation, prior to drywall
  • Basement | Garage Floors and Stoops
  • Architect’s Letter, prior to final
  • Commercial Final: Building, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire, Health, Grades, Landscaping (If applicable)
  • Residential Final: Building, Electric, Plumbing, Engineering (If applicable)
Where Can I Find Your Forms & Documents?

All permits, licenses, applications and guides that are needed for residential/private, business/commercial, and/or community events can be found on our Permits & Licenses and Applications & Guides page, which is searchable.  Just click on the Download Permits, Licenses & Guides button above. 

Our documents & forms are separated into four categories: Business Licenses, Community Events, Community Planning & Zoning, and Residential & Commercial.  The following provides an idea of what is available, but is not a full list:

Business Licenses

  • Amusement 
  • Day Care
  • Home Occupancy
  • Fireworks
  • Multi-Family
  • Raffles

Community Events

  • Block Party Request

Community Planning & Zoning

  • Zoning Regulations
  • Design Reviews and Guides
  • Development Reviews and Guides

Residential & Commercial

  • Air Conditioners and Furnaces 
  • Building Permit, Extension and Addendum 
  • Contractor's License
  • Decks and Fences
  • Driveways and Garages
  • Electrical
  • Fire Safety Permit
  • Foundation
  • Gazebos and Sheds
  • Guaranty Deposit Bond
  • Liquor License
  • Plumbing and Sewer and Water Heaters
  • Occupancy
  • Roofs
  • Signs
  • Single Family Additions and Basements
  • Statement of Compliance
  • Tax Assessor
  • Window Replacement