Building & Life Safety Department

New Online Permitting Citizen Self-Service Portal Available
The Village's Citizen Self-Service Portal provides users with a robust user interface and helpful tools, including a user profile that will allow submitters to track their permit process in real time, schedule inspections, upload documents, and communicate with staff. 

Find helpful information and instructional videos designed to assist you in setting up your portal and navigating through the permitting process here:
About the Building & Life Safety Department
The Building & Life Safety Department's goal is to ensure that structures built in Arlington Heights are safe, including businesses, homes, and other general structures such as a garage, fencing, or decks. This is pursued through maintaining of the Building Codes, careful review of construction documents in advance of permit issuance and thorough inspections at various stages of a project's progression. Building & Life Safety staff also conduct inspections prior to a business opening, and periodically thereafter, to ensure fire and life safety requirements are properly maintained. Staff also follows up on Code concerns brought to our attention by residents and business operators alike. 

Learn more about Home Repair Construction from the Illinois Attorney General's website

certification new image 2023In 2023, the Village of Arlington Heights Building & Life Safety Department became the first in Illinois to be accredited by the International Accreditation Service. The Department was awarded the IAS Recognition for quality, permitting, plan review, inspection, and Property Maintenance Code enforcement services. 

Electronic Permit Submittal Requirements
The Village is requiring all initial submittals for building permits to be done electronically. All commercial building, industrial building, or multi-family building projects must include plans that are developed, signed and sealed by a licensed architect.

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