Building & Life Safety

  • Director Jorge Torres
  • Telephone 847.368.5560
  • Email
  • Hours 8am-5pm Weekdays
    See exceptions below

About the Building & Life Safety Department

The Building & Life Safety Department is driven to ensure a safe, sound built environment exists in the Village of Arlington Heights.  This is pursued through the careful review of construction documents in advance of permit issuance and performance of thorough inspections at various stages of a project's progression.  We also conduct inspections prior to a business opening and periodically thereafter to ensure fire and life safety requirements are properly maintained.  We follow up on code concerns brought to our attention by residents and business operators alike. 

Electronic Permit Submittal Requirements

The Village is requiring all initial submittals for building permits to be done electronicallyBuilding Permit Applications are available in a fillable PDF format. 

Watch this short informational video about the process for submitting an online permit application, such as a Fence Permit Application. The video will guide you through locating your permit application online, understanding what to submit with your application and what to expect once your permit application is submitted to the Building & Life Safety Department.

Over the Counter Permits

There is an array of permits that can be applied for and issued over the counter of the Building & Life Safety Department. Access the list of these permits along with the project application instructions here.

Building & Life Safety Hours

The Building & Life Safety Department hours are as indicated above, however our department’s business hours are adjusted on the second Tuesday of each month to open at 9:30 a.m. 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.   

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. 

Hours approved for Construction work are Mondays through Fridays from 7 AM to 7 PM, and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 AM to 6 PM.  To report a concern about the construction activities that are taking place during the Department's business hours, call Building & Life Safety at 847.368.5560.  To report a problem outside of the Department's normal business hours concerning issues such as noise due to construction activities late at night, please call 9-1-1 to report it.

Thank you for your understanding as the Building & Life Safety Department continues to work on 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 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
The Department of Building & Life Safety requires mandatory inspections while work is in progress to ensure that construction complies with approved plans and code regulations. Inspections must be scheduled with the Building & Life Safety Department at least 24 hours in advance. 

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

  • For flat work like walks, patios etc… Concrete | Asphalt | Brick Work: Prior to placement & final. Backfill required prior to final
  • Remodeling projects: rough-in electric, rough-in plumbing and framing & final electric, final plumbing and final building
  • New buildings or portions of buildings... 
  1. Projects with new foundations: Pre-pour for footing and pre-pour for foundation
  2. Drain tile | Damp proofing: Prior to backfill
  3. Approved Spotted Plat: Prior to framing.
  4. Underground Electric, Underground plumbing
  5. Rough-in Electrical, Rough-in Plumbing, Rough-in HVAC and Framing: Rough-in inspections must be approved prior to framing
  6. Insulation/fire stopping/draft stopping: Prior to drywall installation
  7. Architect's Letter: Prior to scheduling the final inspections.
  • Residential Final: Building, Electric, Plumbing, Engineering
  • Commercial Final: Building, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire, Health, Grades, Landscaping 

If you have questions about the inspections needed, please ask at the time your permit is issued to you. You can also ask your inspector what is the next inspection you need to schedule.

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 the Building & Life Safety Department 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 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.

Building Code History

View our list of codes historically adopted by the Village of Arlington Heights to govern construction activities within the Village.

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