Building permit

Permits are required for a variety of building activities. 

Please note that new permit applications and contractor licenses must be applied for online at

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

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 on the permit type at

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

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Contact Building & Zoning

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