Building Permits for Park Ridge


Posted by Park Ridge Real Estate | Posted in Building Permits, Park Ridge, Real Estate Info | Posted on 10-02-2016

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Building permit from 1921

Building permit from 1921 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This question comes up a lot at parties, gatherings, picnics, etc. – Do I need a permit to Build a BLANK?

Oftentimes, I can offer up a definitive yes or no – but in other instances, it’s important to check the source as permit requirements can change from year to year.

Here’s the building permit info straight from the source…The City of Park Ridge…

“A building permit is generally required for most construction, including new building construction and additions, garages, interior and exterior alterations, driveways, heating and air conditioning work, electrical and plumbing work, swimming pools, fences, patios, decks, sheds, re-roofing and siding. Routine maintenance that does not change existing electrical, plumbing or mechanical system or any structural walls will not require a permit. No permit is needed to change windows unless the window opening is being enlarged. Reshingling a roof does not require a permit.  Building Permit Application Form.

Citizens of Park Ridge can call the Building Department at 847-318-5291 or 5292 to find out if a project requires a building permit.

Most Building Permit applications are processed in less than a week; however, it may take up to 15 working days to obtain a Building Permit for larger construction projects. The time it takes to obtain a permit depends on the type of construction work being done and what needs to be reviewed.

Building Permits for residential structures are valid for a period of one year. If work is not completed within one year, the applicant may request up to a six month extension. A permit may be extended only once. Permits may be renewed after expiration but the applicant will have to pay half the cost of the original permit fee.

When considering building a new home, the size of the house that may be built is determined by the Zoning Ordinance. The floor area ratio, the amount of open (green) space, amount of lot coverage and the required setbacks all influence how big and where a house may be built on a zoning lot.

All new construction, including residential construction and major additions, but not including detached accessory structures on single family residential parcels, must be approved by the Appearance Commission prior to the issuance of a building permit. Permits should be applied for well in advance of the proposed construction starting date.

A permit is for your protection — it assures that the work is permitted under the law and that it is checked by City inspectors to make sure the work was done properly.”

Click here for a list of Construction Guidelines that may assist you in the permit / building process.
Click here for Permit Submittal Requirements.
Click here for Right-Of-Way/Easement Encroachment Agreement

Of course, if you have any questions about building a new home, please feel free to call on me to help answer any questions you may have about the Park Ridge or surrounding area of NW Chicagoland…..

What those home improvements do to your bottom line


Posted by Park Ridge Real Estate | Posted in Remodeling | Posted on 13-05-2010

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When it comes to major or minor remodeling projects most homeowners think they will break even at selling time. Many wrongly feel that adding the in-ground pool will make the home more marketable.

The following data is derived from the study. ( The columns represent the project cost, value at the end of the project and the % of value retained upon sale of the home. From this year’s results , improvements to the exterior had the best returns and a new entrance way door had the best return of all the minor projects.

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Again With The Drama


Posted by Park Ridge Real Estate | Posted in Market Stats | Posted on 01-03-2010

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Reading the business section of the Daily Herald lately has my head spinning.  Last week – The big story was new construction sales were the worst since the dinosaurs roamed the earth or something to that effect – Then two days later – Home sales up 43% from last January!  Again, the catalyst for the surging sales is being attributed to the Tax Credit for First Time home buyers and the new one for existing home owners.  Lastly, there was one other article about property values increasing in Kane County. 

I really like to work with facts, not dramatic headlines. Fact, this is one the very best times to buy real estate – looking for something bigger, now is the time.  Investors are also reaping some of the benefits of this market.  In fact, did you know that you can buy a home with your IRA as an  investment? 

If you need any of the facts, please let me know.

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