Building & Zoning

The Department of Building and Zoning

The Department of Building and Zoning is responsible for the review, approval and issuance of all building permits; inspections; and issues Certificates of Occupancy.

Building Codes are adopted and amended through the Buffalo Grove municipal code. Amendments to the adopted codes can be found in Title 15 of the municipal code.

Protecting Consumers

Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s Consumer Protection Division  protects Illinois consumers and businesses victimized by fraud, deception, and unfair business practices. The work of the Division is carried out by the following bureaus: Consumer Fraud Bureau, Charitable Trust Bureau, Franchise Bureau, Health Care Bureau, and Military and Veterans Rights Bureau.

An important part of the division’s work is to provide Illinois citizens with the information necessary to avoid becoming victims of consumer fraud and to aid in making wise purchasing decisions. To this end, our website contains a number of fact sheets, news releases and links to other consumer-related sites:

Permit Fees

Permit fees are established in Title 15 of the Buffalo Grove municipal code.

Construction Hours

No work associated with:
  • Interior construction that produces distinctly and loudly audible sounds beyond the boundary of the property,
  • The preparation of land for development, or
  • Exterior construction or exterior reconstruction of a structure
Shall be allowed to occur on any weekday prior to 7 a.m., nor after 7 p.m. No such activity shall be allowed to occur on either Saturday or Sunday prior to 8 a.m., nor after 7 p.m.

No materials or dumpsters are to be stored on the street or parkway.

Projects Requiring Permits

The following is a list of projects that require permits


  • Addition
  • Air conditioning (new or replacement)
  • Building demolition
  • Deck
  • Driveway and/or apron
  • New building
  • Electrical work, including low voltage
  • Interior demolition
  • Interior remodeling
  • Fence
  • Fireplace
  • Furnace (new or replacement)
  • Garage
  • Gazebo
  • Generator
  • Lawn sprinkler system
  • Patios and sidewalks (new or replacement)
  • Plumbing work
  • Radon mitigation systems
  • Roof tear off (no permit required to add a second layer of shingles - maximum 2 layers)
  • Shed
  • Signs
  • Stairs and landings (new or replacement)
  • Swimming pool - above or below ground
  • Water heater (new or replacement)
  • Windows (new or replacement)

If you are unable to find the information you are looking for, you can contact us at 847-459-2530.

Zoning / Code Compliance Requests

The village charges a $150 fee to provide Zoning / Code compliance information. This pertains to non-residential properties.

A written request must be made addressed to Brian Sheehan, Building Commissioner. The request must include the address of the subject property.

Recreational Vehicles (RVs) Outdoor Parking and Storage Regulations

The Village of Buffalo Grove approved new regulations for the parking and storing of recreational vehicles (RVs) outside, which will take effect August 1, 2018. Learn more.