Building and Zoning

Welcome to the Building and Zoning Department for the Village of Shorewood. We are pleased to serve you and to answer any questions that you may have.

Contact Information

Department Number: (815) 553-2310  Fax: (815) 744-6766   

Building/Plumbing Inspector
Joel Leinard

Code Enforcement Officer
Jose Zavala

Building Clerk
Kim Slick
(815) 553-2306

Permit Clerk
Kathy Buczko


Quick Links

Current Licensed Contractors List (Alphabetical)  - March 2014
Current Licensed Contractors List (Type of Work) - March 2014

2012 Building Code Adoption Ordinance
Construction Specifications and Details - September 2011

Standard Village Decorative Light Fixture Specifications
Maps and Resources
Common Code Violations

Sign Permit Application
Temporary Sign Permit Application
Lawn Sprinkler Permit

Troy Fire Protection District Plan Review Information

Village Announces Residential Building and Impact Fee Reductions

Before you dig, call JULIE at 811 or 1-800-892-0123, or click here to process a JULIE E-Request.

The building department consists of these specific areas:

The Building and Zoning Department is in charge of code enforcement in the Village of Shorewood. Due to the large amount of residential growth in the Village and the fact that the Village code is constantly being revised or added to, both new and long-time residents may be unaware of many areas of the Village code. In an attempt to remedy this problem, the link below contains a listing of those ordinances that our code enforcement officers have found to be the most commonly violated.


All remodeling/ addition jobs require a permit and the work shall be completed by a licensed contractor in Shorewood. The following is a listing of the typical permits that are issued:

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Zoning Requirements: The zoning requirements state that all decks be constructed such that the decks are located at least five feet from the side and rear property lines. All decks shall be constructed out of materials that will be durable for weathering such as cedar, treated lumber, or other materials approved by the Building Department.

There are three inspections that are required for deck installations:

Post Holes – Must be at least 42 inches in depth past frost depth.
Rough Framing
Final Inspection

Deck Permit Application
Deck Construction Guide

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Zoning Requirements: The village ordinance in accordance with pools states that the pool must be located ten feet (10’-0") from the side and rear property lines. In addition, the pool must be located ten feet (10’-0") from the foundation of the home. All pools must be protected such that the a fence is installed. The fence must be located such that the backyard is completely enclosing the pool or a fence shall be installed that protects from entry at the top of the pool (above-ground pools only). A survey of the lot should be included in the application that shows where the fence and the pool will be installed.

Fences for below and above-ground pools that are installed to enclose the yard and the pool shall be five foot (5’-0") in height and have self-closing and self- latching gates. Fences for below-ground pools shall completely surround the pool and shall have locks on the gates that are a minimum of 54" in height. Ladders or steps that are used for the entry into an above-ground pool shall have be removable or have a gate that prevents entry by children that are located inside of the yard.

Inspections include the following:

Flatwork – For the concrete deck (if applicable) wire mesh shall be used and it shall be properly grounded.

Final Inspection – All gfic outlets will be checked to ensure that they are properly functioning. All gates into the fenced area will be checked for latching and self-closing requirements.

Above and Below Ground Swimming Pool Permit Application 

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Zoning Requirements:Any concrete work that is done such as sidewalks, driveway and approaches, floor and stoops require an inspection and a permit. All driveways, sidewalks and pads shall be a minimum of five feet (5’-0") from the side property lines. Thickness of the concrete is as follows:

Private sidewalks – 4"

Driveways – Thickness of the driveway shall be five inches with 6 x 6 wire mesh added to eight inches (8") of well compacted, clean ¾ stone (not pea gravel).

Approaches – Thickness of the concrete shall be six inches (6") with wire mesh added to eight inches (8") of compacted, clean ¾ stone compacted.

Patios – Thickness of the patio shall be five inches (5") with wire mesh added onto four inches (4") of compacted, clean ¾ stone.

Flatwork (sidewalks, patios or general concrete work) Permit Application
Concrete Inspection Requirements

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Zoning Requirements:All sheds shall be placed or constructed on site such that not less than five feet (5’-0") from the side or rear property lines and ten feet (10’-0") from the foundation of the home.

Inspections:A flatwork inspection is required if the floor for the shed is poured in place concrete.

Shed Permit Application 

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Zoning Requirements: All detached garages shall be a minimum of five feet (5’-0") from the interior and rear property lines. The garage shall be set back away from the house a minimum of ten feet (10’-0").

Attached garages shall follow the general setback requirements for the building which is ten feet (10’-0") from the interior side property lines and at least thirty feet (30’-0") from the rear property line. No detached garages shall be placed beyond the front building setback line.

Inspections: All garage installations shall have a pad/trench inspection, rough inspection for framing and electrical, and a final inspection.

Garages (attached or detached) Permit Application

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Zoning Requirements: All fences shall be permitted. The maximum height for a fence that is located within the setback restrictions shall be six feet (6’-0"). If it is the intention of the homeowner to install a fence that is extends beyond either the front or side building setback then they would be limited to a four foot (4’-0") fence that is open and decorative (picket). Fences may be placed along the lot line and within utility easements. When installed in the utility easements the owner is responsible for reinstalling the fence in the event that the utility company has to take the fence down.

When applying for a fence permit a plat of survey showing the lot, house location, setbacks and location of the intended fence should be submitted with the application.

Fence Permit Application

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Zoning Requirements:  All remodeling permits should include the renovations in the form of a plan. If an addition is being added to the house all electrical, hvac, structural and location of the addition should be shown in a set of plans. In addition, all room additions should show the footing and foundations plans along with the amount of rebar and location into the existing foundation to tie the addition into the house. All room addition must follow the setback guidelines for the home. These setbacks are ten feet (10’-0") from the side property line and at least thirty feet (30’-0") from the rear property line. No additions may be added past the front building setback line.

Remodeling/Additions Permit Application 

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Required Information for Permitting:Permits for new construction for residential developments will be processed by a review of the application and one set of plans. The plans need to be complete and shall show all details of the mechanical, plumbing, electrical and structural systems of the home to be constructed. The plans shall show the type and grade of lumber that will be used for construction and also enough details for a thorough plan review.

A plat of survey shall also be submitted that will show the setbacks from the lot lines to the foundation of the home. All setback dimensions shall be given including side, rear and front setbacks. General setback dimensions are thirty feet (30’-0") for the front, ten feet (10-0") from sides and 25% of the long length of the lot for the rear setback. These dimensions shall be followed unless the annexation agreement or PUD document have varied these requirements.

All contractors shall be licensed to work in the Village of Shorewood. No permits will be issued until every contractor listed on the application is current. In order to be a licensed contractor in the Village of Shorewood the contractor must provide proof of liability insurance, either a $5,000.00 surety bond (sub-contractors) or a $10,000.00 surety bond (general contractors), a completed application and pay the appropriate fees based on the time of year the licensed is applied for.

Code Requirements: The most current editions of the International One and Two – Family Dwelling Code, National Electrical Code and the Illinois State Plumbing Code are used for all plan reviews and inspections. The Village of Shorewood code further restricts the electrical requirements by stating that only conduit can be used within the homes.

New Construction

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All new construction for commercial or industrial buildings shall be permitted and all contractors shall be licensed. In order to receive a permit for a building, approved as a site plan or preliminary plat by the Village of Shorewood, three complete sets of plans must be submitted.

These plans shall include all of the site plan approvals such as set backs, detention, grading, infrastructure and signage. All architectural details including structural and aesthetic embellishments shall be submitted. The plans shall include all plumbing, electrical, mechanical, fire alarm or sprinkler (where applicable) and structural details. We will submit details to Troy Fire Department for their review as well. All comments from the Troy Fire Department shall be resolved with the Troy Fire Department.

When revisions are made to the set of prints, three revised full sets need to be resolved. All plan review comments and outstanding engineering issues must be resolved prior to the issuance of a permit. We do not permit stepped permits such as foundation permits. One permit is issued for the completion of the building.

Inspections include footing, foundation, backfill, rough framing/plumbing and a final. During inspections a full set of plans must be available for review.

Please note that twenty-four (24) hour notice is required prior to an inspection.

New Construction

Occupancy/Tenant Build-Out Application

Opening a Business in Shorewood Brochure

Business License and/or Registration Applications

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There are many inspections that are required for the construction of a new home. The following is a listing and a brief description:

FOOTING – All footing inspections shall be done prior to the pour and shall be clean and scraped such that the base of the footing pour is solid. No excess water should be standing in the footing and the sides and sleeves should be straight and plumb using the appropriate lumber.

FOUNDATION – The foundation forms shall be straight and not extend past the edge of the footing. Two rebar shall be added to the foundation on all walls (including short garage walls) at the top and the bottom of the wall.

BACKFILL – The walls shall be properly dampproofed such that the foundation is covered from the footing to eight inches below the top of the wall. Dampproofing shall extend into the window wells. All window wells shall be installed and all drain tile extended into the window wells. Gravel shall be laid over the perimeter drain tile such that it is covered six inches above and below the tile with ¾ stone.

TOP OF FOUNDATION SPOT SURVEY – Prior to the framing of the home a survey must be provided for review to determine whether the foundation for the home has been constructed within the tolerance established by the Village of Shorewood. The survey shall indicate that the top of wall is within (+) four inches (4") or (-) three inches (-3"). If the wall survey shows that this tolerance can not be met then the grading of the lot will need to be altered or wall shall be built up such that drainage will not be an issue for the homeowner.

ROUGH FRAMING AND ROUGH PLUMBING - Once all of the framing is complete and all of the hvac, electrical and plumbing are completed then a rough inspection is required. At that time inspections are required from the building inspector (framing, hvac, electrical) and the plumbing inspector.

INSULATION AND FIRESTOPPING – All insulation shall be in place and firestopping in place for all penetrations at the time of this inspection. All penetrations caused by conduit, drainage pipe, water pipe and heat ducts shall be firestop with noncombustible firestopping caulk, mineral wool or unfaced fiberglass insulation. The penetrations include all holes or voids around pipes, ducts, conduit and low-voltage cable. Insulation shall be attached tightly against the stud wall cavity and up against the ceilings. R-30 and R-13 thermal resistance values are required to be added to roofs and walls, respectively.

FINAL PLUMBING AND BUILDING INSPECTIONS – Once the home is completed a final inspection is completed that includes two inspections (building and plumbing). Any work that is not completed, such as a sidewalk, driveway, landscaping or parkway trees must be bonded with the Village of Shorewood. The bond shall be in the form of cash, check or money order. The following is a listing of typical construction completion items: 

Landscaping - $500.00
Parkway Tree - $250.00
Parkway Tree Corner Lot - $500.00
Grading Survey - $500.00
Concrete Driveway - $3,000.00
Asphalt Driveway - $2,000.00
Apron - $250.00
Village Sidewalk - $1,000.00
Village Sidewalk Corner Lot - $1500.00
Service Walk - $250.00

Bond Release Form

Any construction completion work , the amount is determined by the building inspector based on the amount of work and the market price for such work.

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All permitted work shall be completed by a contractor that is licensed in the Village of Shorewood. Only work that is completed by the homeowner is not required to be licensed.  All contractors must renew their license yearly.  The contractor license is renewable  every January 1st.   All contractors shall complete an application, provide a $5,000.00 or $10,000.00 surety bond (sub-contractor and general contractor), provide proof of liability insurance and pay A $120.00 license fee.

Contractor License and Registration Application
Current Licensed Contractors (Alphabetical) - March 2014
Current Licensed Contractors (Type of Work) - March 2014

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