Express permits

The Village has implemented express permitting to expedite certain building permits. These permits require a single application and are processed "over-the-counter" while the customer waits.

Please note that new permit applications and contractor licenses must be applied for online at Navigate to the type of permit you are applying for for more information. 

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Express permits will be issued immediately provided that the proper documentation is submitted and the contractors have registered with the Village.

Eligible Projects

  • Air Conditioners
  • Emergency Repairs
  • Roofs
  • Water Heaters
  • Furnaces
  • Water Service Repairs
  • Chimneys
  • Gutters
  • Siding
  • Windows (for structures that are not subject to Historic Preservation requirements)
  • Dumpsters
  • Parking Lot Paving
  • Soffits
  • Electrical Upgrades
  • Tuckpointing

Contractor License Required

To ensure that contractors working within the Village meet standard requirements, contractors must be licensed with the Village before work begins and before a permit is approved. Contractors can be licensed on the spot by completing the required application, paying the $100 registration fee, submitting a certificate of insurance and providing and original, signed $25,000 surety bond.  Learn more about contractor licensing requirements.

Documents Required

To receive an express permit, the following must be provided:

  • Permit application form
  • Permit fee paid in full
  • Additional submittals as required

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


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