Building permit

Permits are required for a variety of building activities. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT FENCES REQUIRE A FENCE-SPECIFIC PERMIT APPLICATION. CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR A FENCE PERMIT

Please review the following guidelines prior to submitting a building permit application:

Building permit application

This application is a fillable PDF and can be printed and submitted to the Village at the Village Hall or by emailing permits@vrf.us.  Those applications and materials that are too large to be sent via email should be dropped off at the River Forest Village Hall. 

Plan review timeframes: The Village is committed to completing plan reviews as expeditiously as possible,  however, incomplete or inaccurate submissions will result in delays. Please click here to review plan review timeframes

Additional information regarding specific permit types and requirements can be found in the Pay & Apply section.

Work hours in the Village of River Forest:

  • 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. - Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Saturdays
  • No work on Sundays, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas

Questions?

Contact Building & Zoning

  • (708) 714-3552
    (708) 366-3702 fax
  • 400 Park Avenue
    River Forest, IL 60305
    Get directions
  • Mon: 8:00am to 7:00pm
    Tue–Fri: 8:00am to 4:30pm