Building & Life Safety Department

New Online Permitting Citizen Self-Service Portal Available
The Village's Citizen Self-Service Portal provides users with a robust user interface and helpful tools, including a user profile that will allow submitters to track their permit process in real time, schedule inspections, upload documents, and communicate with staff. 

Find helpful information and find videos that will guide you on how to set up your portal, and how to navigate the permitting process, at www.vah.com/myportal
About the Building & Life Safety Department
The Building & Life Safety Department's goal is to ensure that structures built in Arlington Heights are safe, including businesses, homes, and other general structures such as a garage, fencing, or decks. This is pursued through maintaining of the Building Codes, careful review of construction documents in advance of permit issuance and thorough inspections at various stages of a project's progression. Building & Life Safety staff also conduct inspections prior to a business opening, and periodically thereafter, to ensure fire and life safety requirements are properly maintained. Staff also follows up on code concerns brought to our attention by residents and business operators alike. 

Learn more about Home Repair Construction from the Illinois Attorney General's website

Accreditation 
certification new image 2023In 2023, the Village of Arlington Heights Building & Life Safety Department became the first in Illinois to be accredited by the International Accreditation Service. The department was awarded the IAS Recognition for quality, permitting, plan review, inspection and property maintenance Code enforcement services. 

Over the Counter Permits
The below over-the-counter permits can be applied for and issued at the Building & Life Safety Department counter at Village Hall, including: 
  • Air Conditioner Replacement - Rear Yard
  • Boiler Replacement
  • Burglar Alarm
  • Electrical Service Upgrade - 100 AMP
  • Electrical Service Upgrade - 200 AMP
  • Furnace Replacement
  • Sewer Repair/ Sewer Clean-out
  • Water Heater Replacement
  • Window Replacement - Residential

Electronic Permit Submittal Requirements
The Village is requiring all initial submittals for building permits to be done electronically. Building Permit Applications are available in a fillable PDF format. All projects in Commercial buildings, Industrial buildings or multi-family buildings must include plans that are developed, signed and sealed by a licensed architect.

Permit Videos Provide a Step-By-Step Instructions
The Village's Permit Videos will help guide you through the permit process regarding applying for a fence permit, or applying for concrete work permits for patios, driveways, walks and more. Watch these videos for information on what to submit with your application and what to expect once your permit application is submitted to the Building & Life Safety Department.


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