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.

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:

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
    Get directions
  • Mon: 8:00am to 7:00pm
    Tue–Fri: 8:00am to 4:30pm