Community Development Department
COVID-19 Temporary Service ChangesApplications for building permits can only be submitted through online services or by email. The processes for issuing building permits and calling for inspections will continue with no changes. When necessary, paper copies of large-format plans can be dropped-off and plans that have been stamped approved can be picked-up by using a specially-marked Building Department drop box on the west side of Village Hall. Permit applications can be submitted by using the following methods:
• For most building permits, go to Skokie Permits. These include interior remodeling, garages, driveways, decks, and swimming pools.
• For smaller jobs, go to Skokie Expedited Permits. These include air conditioners, amplifiers, dumpsters, electrical service upgrades, fences, furnaces, raffles, sewer, sheds, and water heaters.
• For all other permits, please email Building@skokie.org and building staff will respond to your request. Application forms can be found at Skokie Applications.
For general Building, Community Development, Property Standards and Permitting questions, please call 847-933-8223.
The Community Development Department includes the Building, Zoning and Property Standards; Economic Development; and Planning Divisions and provides "one-stop-shopping" for the Village's development needs.
Staff members work to assure buildings are safe by reviewing plans, preparing permits for new construction and renovations, and enforcing maintenance standards. The Community Development Department also:
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
ON TO 2050 Plan
The ON TO 2050 plan is the regional plan for Chicagoland that will direct regional and local policies regarding a multitude of resources for the next 30 years. For more information, refer to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) GO TO 2050 Plan
The U.S. Census Bureau released the first local results of the 2010 Decennial Census data on February 15, 2011.
Permits and inspections are required for the protection of public health, safety, and welfare.
Find out how to get a Business License or a Certificate of Occupancy.
The Community Development Department administers the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
View important documents belonging to the Community Development Department and its divisions.
The Village of Skokie will strive to accommodate and educate users of all ages and abilities by prioritizing the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users; adapting to the needs of emergency responders and commercial vehicle drivers; and acknowledging vehicular use and safety.
Find answers to frequent questions involving the Community Development Department.
Long-range planning guides and directs development and complex projects that will take over five-years to implement.
The Building, Zoning and Property Standards Division processes permits, performs construction inspections, and conducts periodic interior inspections of all multi-unit buildings.
The Community Development Department provides staff assistance to the Consumer Affairs Commission, Appearance Commission, Plan Commission, and Zoning Board of Appeals.
The Village Code details ordinances that govern all aspects of Village operations.
Zoning is the process by which the Village of Skokie regulates land use.