Building & Life Safety

  • Director
    Steve Touloumis
  • Telephone 847.368.5560
  • Email
  • Hours 8am-5pm Weekdays

The Building & Life Safety Department is dedicated to ensuring the public safety and welfare of the community by ensuring buildings and structures on private property are installed and maintained to safe standards and conform with the Municipal Code. Contractors working on a project in the village may find our building code guide,  regarding recently adopted codes, to be helpful.

If you are building a new building or modifying an existing structure, check with the Building & Life Safety Department to see what permits are required for the protection of the property owner, neighborhood and the village. 

Building & Life Safety Hours

Starting Tuesday, January 9, the Village’s Building & Life Safety Department will be adjusting its business hours on the second Tuesday of each month to open at 9:30 a.m. The new hours will better accommodate departmental workflow and projects.   

The adjusted hours for Building & Life Safety means that on the second Tuesday of each month the front service counter of the department will be closed and phone calls will not be answered until 9:30 a.m. All other departments will be open during regular business hours of 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. 

For materials needing to be dropped off for the Building & Life Safety Department on the second Tuesday of the month prior to 9:30 a.m., please visit the information service counter on the first floor of Village Hall, adjacent to the Health & Human Services Department. There you will find an information form to fill out and submit with your documents. The Building & Life Safety staff will follow-up with you regarding any questions on your submittal.

Thank you for your understanding as Building & Life Safety works toward continued improvements in their service to you.


Fire Safety Division

The responsibilities of Fire Prevention are administered by the Fire Safety Division in the Building & Life Safety Services department. Fire and Life Safety plan reviews are performed by members of the Fire Safety Division. Inspections are performed by full time fire safety inspectors under the supervision of the Fire Safety Supervisor. Our goal is to decrease the number and severity of all fires and hazards for the community. We believe this can be accomplished through an active fire code enforcement program, fire safety plan reviews and cooperation from the community. We strive to provide these services utilizing well trained and highly motivated personnel who understand the importance of customer service and fire safety. We are committed to maintaining a safe Arlington Heights for all residents, businesses and their patrons and the entire community. If you have questions and would like to speak with someone regarding fire prevention, please contact the Building & Life Safety Services department or email to


Schedule an Inspection
Building & Life Safety 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. Inspections must be scheduled with Building & Life Safety Services at least 24 hours in advance and 48 hours for final inspections. 

List of Inspections
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 | Stoops
  • Architect's Letter: Prior to final.
  • Commercial Final: Building, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire, Health, Grades, Landscaping
  • Residential Final: Building, Electric, Plumbing, Engineering

Final Inspection Requirements

Failure to observe the following guidelines could lead to a delay in receiving your Certificate of Occupancy.  For all permit work executed with documents prepared by a structural engineer or architect, a letter indicating completion and code compliance must be prepared by the design professional and submitted to Building Services prior to scheduling the final inspection. The statement must be dated, signed, and sealed with expiration date by the design professional and submitted 48 hours in advance of the final inspection. To ensure accurate statements, it is the design professional’s responsibility to thoroughly inspect all work prior to preparing the letter. All required building systems must be on line and checked out before the inspections take place. The design professional must state that to the best of their knowledge, information, and belief, the structure and all related systems comply in all respects to all applicable codes and match the Village-approved permit drawings.

A Certificate of Occupancy shall be issued within 5 days after written application, and only if determined the building at the time of application meets the requirements of issuance. The application 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 attached shall be a statement from the design professional for each engineered system in the building. If any exceptions exist, they shall be noted with an explanation of steps being taken to remedy those deficiencies. The 5 day period herein provided for the issuance of occupancy permits may be extended to permit the Building Official to determine if such occupancy will meet applicable codes.

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