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COVID-19 Temporary Service ChangesApplications for building permits can only be submitted through online services or by email. The processes for issuing building permits and calling for inspections will continue with no changes. When necessary, paper copies of large-format plans can be dropped-off and plans that have been stamped approved can be picked-up by using a specially-marked Building Department drop box on the west side of Village Hall. Permit applications can be submitted by using the following methods:
• For most building permits, go to Skokie Permits. These include interior remodeling, garages, driveways, decks, and swimming pools.
• For smaller jobs, go to Skokie Expedited Permits. These include air conditioners, amplifiers, dumpsters, electrical service upgrades, fences, furnaces, raffles, sewer, sheds, and water heaters.
• For all other permits, please email Building@skokie.org and building staff will respond to your request. Application forms can be found at Skokie Applications.
For general Building, Community Development, Property Standards and Permitting questions, please call 847-933-8223.
AboutThe Community Development Department includes the Building, Zoning and Property Standards; Economic Development; and Planning Divisions and provides "one-stop-shopping" for the Village's development needs.
Staff ResponsibilitiesStaff members work to assure buildings are safe by reviewing plans, preparing permits for new construction and renovations, and enforcing maintenance standards. The Community Development Department also:
- Administers Community Development Block Grant Projects
- Oversees Zoning
- Promotes Long-Range Planning and Economic Development
- Provides Staff Support to the Appearance Commission, Consumer Affairs Commission, Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals
DrainageFrom time to time the Village is asked to help with rear yard drainage issues. The Village offers a complimentary program to help residents alleviate these problems. The Building Division staff will survey the subject area and identify solutions to help reduce ponding in the rear yard. Solutions may include an installation of a catch basin in the rear yard, re-grading the yard or a shifting of downspouts. The Village identifies the solution at no cost, but does not contribute financially to the implementation. Access the Residential Yard Drainage Assistance Program (PDF) form.
In addition, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago has prepared a Green Neighbor Guide (PDF) which has information on how to reduce backyard flooding issues with rain gardens, dry wells, permeable patios and rain barrels.
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
ON TO 2050 Plan
The ON TO 2050 plan is the regional plan for Chicagoland that will direct regional and local policies regarding a multitude of resources for the next 30 years. For more information, refer to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) GO TO 2050 Plan
2020 Census Information
The U.S. Census Bureau is conducting the 2020 Decennial Census. Please visit the 2020 Census page to learn about the Census in Skokie.
2010 Skokie Census Information
The U.S. Census Bureau released the first local results of the 2010 Decennial Census data on February 15, 2011.
Permits and inspections are required for the protection of public health, safety, and welfare.
Certificates of Occupancy and Business Licenses
Find out how to get a Business License or a Certificate of Occupancy.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
The Community Development Department administers the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Community Development Documents
View important documents belonging to the Community Development Department and its divisions.
The Village of Skokie will strive to accommodate and educate users of all ages and abilities by prioritizing the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users; adapting to the needs of emergency responders and commercial vehicle drivers; and acknowledging vehicular use and safety.
Economic Development Division
Economic Development information
Find answers to frequent questions involving the Community Development Department.
Long-range planning guides and directs development and complex projects that will take over five-years to implement.
Building & Inspection Services Division
The Building, Zoning and Property Standards Division processes permits, performs construction inspections, and conducts periodic interior inspections of all multi-unit buildings.
The Community Development Department provides staff assistance to the Consumer Affairs Commission, Appearance Commission, Plan Commission, and Zoning Board of Appeals.
The Village Code details ordinances that govern all aspects of Village operations.
Zoning is the process by which the Village of Skokie regulates land use.