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


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.

Are You Protected?

3 of every 5 home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms!

  • Install smoke alarms on every level and in every bedroom.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.
  • Alarms don’t last forever, remember to replace your smoke alarms every 10 years.
  • Plan and practice your escape route with your family at least twice a year.
  • If your smoke alarm does sound, leave the home immediately and call 9-1-1.


The Village of Round Lake received the 2019 Illinois Code Enforcement Agency of the Year Award!  This prestigious award is given annually to one agency in the State of Illinois by the Illinois Association of Code Enforcement.  The Village is pleased to be recognized for the Village Board’s adoption and the hard work of Staff to create, adopt and implement several new programs.  The new programs that the Community Development Department worked on include: adoption of all the 2018 International Code Council Building Codes, creating a Rental Registration and Inspection Program, upgrading a software system to include tablets for field inspections, participating in a foreclosure registration program, and implementing a new Sign Code.  All these programs, plus regular tasks, were accomplished by the Community Development team.