Community Development

Office Hours
Community Development offices are open Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
 In accordance with IDPH and CDC recommendations:

  • As of March 1, 2022, all municipal buildings in Western Springs are mask optional.
  • Pick up for some permits, such as new single family homes and water meters, may require scheduling an appointment with a staff member.


 The Village also offers alternative methods, such as the ones below:

  • The drop box is available and checked daily. Visitors are encouraged to utilize the drop box as a convenience.
  • Building permit applications and contractor registration forms can be found at www.wsprings.com/516/Permits-Licenses.
  • Completed permit applications, contractor applications, and related documents can be sent to permits@wsprings.com.
  • All site engineering plans must be submitted to plans@wsprings.com.
  • Building inspections can be scheduled by calling (708) 246-1800, ext.191. (Please note that some inspections may be conducted remotely using Facetime. The contractor or applicant is responsible for having an iPhone available on site. You will be notified when making the inspection appointment, or sometime prior to the inspection). 
  • The Building Inspector can accommodate conference calls, zoom calls, and Facetime calls with those who have code or plan review questions. These questions can be directed to Robert Schmidt, Building Inspector, at rschmidt@wsprings.com, or (708) 246-1800, x179.
  • Question can be answered by calling the Community Development Department at (708) 246-1800, ext.180 or 177.


Additional Resources:

  • Enforcing building, zoning, health regulations
  • Issuing permits for new construction or alterations of existing structures
  • Inspecting finished construction work
  • Economic development services including new business openings, liquor licensing, coordination with the Western Springs Business Association, and more. (See the “Business” tab above for more information.
  • Courtesy Walk Through: This service is provided to existing and prospective business owners prior to construction. Learn more here.

Building Code and Plan Review Questions 
These questions can be directed to Robert Schmidt, Building Inspector, at rschmidt@wsprings.com, or (708) 246-1800, x179. The Building Inspector can accommodate conference calls, zoom calls, and Facetime calls with those who have code or plan review questions. To inquire please email or call the number above.


 Link to Building Code/Sterling Codifiers -

https://codelibrary.amlegal.com/codes/westernspringsil/latest/overview


Permits
Permit applications, contractor applications, and related documents can be sent to permits@wsprings.com. (All site engineering plans must be submitted to plans@wsprings.com as described below).

Permits, Fees, Contractor Registration, Bonds, and More
For information regarding permits, fees, contractor registration, and bonds, please contact our front desk at 708-246-1800 or e-mail Elizabeth Chenelle (at ext 177) or Nancy Grossi (at ext 180)
. 

Schedule an Inspection
To schedule an inspection, please call 708-246-1800 ext. 191.You can leave a message and staff will respond within 24 hours or sooner.
  

Digital Engineering Review Process
The Village accepts engineering plans by email. No paper plans are required for new single family homes, single and multi-family additions, townhomes, garages, pools, commercial properties, stormwater plans for non-residential and other projects. For more details, click the link below for information. Also below is the Village Address Map which  will help make sure your address is correct for all plan submittals. Links to the Autodesk website are also provided below. 
  
Digital Engineering Review Instructions
Autodesk Design Review download and troubleshooting help
Village Address Map
  
Additional Resources
Municipal Code
2017 Community Development Code Updates