Community Development

The Community Development Department strives to ensure public safety, health, and welfare of all Village residents and the business community.

The primary responsibilities of the department include:

  • Enforcement of all building and zoning codes
  • Issuance of building permits
  • Conducting inspections
  • Plan review
  • Monitoring all phases of construction and development within the Village
  • Business recruitment and retention
  • Review and issuance of business, liquor, gaming and other licenses
  • Rental registration program

May is Building Safety Month: 

This May is Building Safety Month, an international campaign started by the International Code Council. Building codes save lives by incorporating the latest technology and providing the safest, most resilient structures for our families and communities.

Building Codes are necessary for communities to help protect the citizens from disasters like fires, weather-related events such as floods, and structural collapse.

We also want to take this time to highlight the hard work our code enforcers and building inspectors do to protect us and assure us safety through their inspections. Their work is important to help us be prepared and mitigate any unwanted emergency. Codes and standards are essential to keep us safe. By following our Building Code, we can keep the areas we live, work, and play safe.

The month of May we are here to raise awareness about different ways we can build a safe and sustainable future. Follow along each week to learn more about building safety. And follow the lessons to teach your kids the importance of building safety. Each week covers exciting topics that touch our everyday lives. You can learn more and follow along at: 2022 Building Safety Month - ICC (

Another good resource for quick facts about different areas and other concerns we see daily: 2022 Building Safety Month Safety Toolkit - ICC (   

New Illinois Smoke Alarm Law

What is the New Illinois Smoke Alarm Law?

  • Since 1988, all dwellings in Illinois have been required to have smoke alarms.
  • In 2017, Public Act 200 was passed to update the Illinois Smoke Detector Act to reflect advances in technology.
  • Come January 1, 2023, single and multi-family homes that are still using smoke alarms with removable batteries are required to install new alarms that feature 10-year sealed battery alarms.


  • Homes built after 1988 that already have hardwired smoke alarms.
  • Homes with wireless integrated alarms that use low-power radio frequency communications, Wi-Fi, or other Wireless Local Area Networking capability.
  • Homes within Chicago city limits.