River Forest to Update Building Code in 2022

August, 23, 2021

The Village proposes to update the adopted building code from the ICC Code Series 2003 Edition to the 2018 Edition, effective January 1, 2022. 

Update: September 14, 2021

At the September 13, 2021 Village Board of Trustees meeting, the Board heard a presentation regarding the recommendation regarding building code updates. You can view that presentation and the subsequent discussion in its entirety here. Per requirement, the Village has given notice to the State of Illinois of its intention to make updates to the Village’s building code. The Village must wait 30 days after this notice to take action, and plans to do so at the Village Board of Trustees meeting on October 25. The changes are still expected to be effective January 1, 2022.  If you have any specific questions, please email info@vrf.us or call 708-366-8500.


The purpose of building codes is to ensure that the built environment is constructed in such a manner so as to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.  Building codes can be traced back to 1772 BC, when Babylonian Emperor Hammurabi, enacted the Code of Hammurabi, a portion of which regulated building construction.  Since that time, building codes have evolved to cover all aspects of building construction including structures, electricity, plumbing, and more. 

Throughout the region and the nation, model building codes have been developed and promulgated by the International Code Council (ICC) and updated periodically to take advantage of the most recent improvements in the building industry.  Currently, the village operates under the ICC Code Series, 2003 Edition and it is being proposed that the village update and adopt the ICC 2018 Code Series. 

The topic of updating the building code was introduced to the Village Board of Trustees on August 9, 2021.  Click here for a copy of the proposed amendments.  The Village Board will return in September to continue its discussion before adopting the updated code.  These changes would not take effect until January 1, 2022.