Community Development


In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, please refer to the following documents below that explain how the Western Springs Community Development Department intends to continue serving the public. While our lobby is not open, we are fully staffed to process permits, schedule and perform inspections, and answer your questions. Inquiries can be made by email or by phone (please leave a message). This situation is subject to change without notice so please check back on this page or call us for an update.

Services Provided
  • 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.

Building Code and Plan Review Questions
These questions can be directed to Robert Schmidt, Building Inspector, at, or (708) 246-1800, x179.

Link to Building Code/Sterling Codifiers -

Permit applications, contractor applications, and related documents can be sent to (All site engineering plans must be submitted to 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