Community Development

Department Overview and Description of Services

The primary responsibility of the Community Development Department is to oversee the orderly development of land within the Village in order to protect and promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the residents. Our goal is to maintain a community that is well planned and constructed to promote future growth for generations to come. 

Information on our services can be found below.  Please see our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us if you need assistance with code requirements, applications, or procedures.

Building Permits 

We review building permit applications, inspect construction work, and provide technical assistance to residents and contractors. We issue Certificates of Occupancies for newly occupied units/buildings and perform property maintenance inspections.

 We have prepared informational packets for various types of projects (see Permit Applications and Handouts )

Typical Permit Review Times

  • Residential permit applications are processed within 15 working days of receipt.
  • Commercial permit applications are processed within 20 working days of receipt.

A representative from the Building Division will contact the applicant upon review of the application.


Please call at least one day in advance. Call (847) 367-3700, before 3:00 p.m.

Business Licenses, Liquor Licenses, and Clerical Services

The department provides a wide variety of clerical services to residents and businesses. For information and applications for Business Licenses, Liquor Licenses, and other miscellaneous licenses, click here for the Business and Liquor License page.  

Clerical services include:

  • Notary services (Note: limited service. See link for details.)
  • Payment processing (Cash/check only.  For parking tickets, credit card payments accepted at Police Department.)
  • Yard waste stickers
  • Senior taxi program
  • Voter registration
  • Solicitors Licenses

Development Review Process 

Community Development oversees the Development Review Process. This includes initial consultation with new businesses and developers, coordination of preliminary site plan and engineering plan review, management of the public review process, and preparation of ordinances and resolutions related to developments.  

Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development

The department is responsible for long range planning and oversight of the Zoning Code and Sign Code.  For zoning information, please visit the Zoning page.

Staff is responsible for maintaining and analyzing census data, the Comprehensive Plan, economic development, planning research, and the interpretation of the Village Code and adopted ordinances.

We also provide technical assistance to the Planning and Zoning Commission in carrying out their responsibilities. Commissioners are appointed by the Village Board and make recommendations on a variety of planning and zoning issues (review of Special Use and Variation petitions, code amendments, etc.).

Code Enforcement

Community Development investigates complaints regarding property maintenance code and building code complaints.  Examples include tall grass/weeds, debris left in the street, work without a permit, and sign code violations.  A complaint may be submitted using our online code enforcement request form or by calling (847) 367-3700.  Please note that most vehicle complaints should be directed to the Police Department at (847) 362-4449.