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The size of the building or addition depends on the zoning district in which it is located. Each zoning district restricts the size of a building by establishing separate setbacks and lot coverage (footprint of building and accessory structures) requirements. In single-family and two-family residential districts (R1, R2 and R3) buildings must also comply with impermeable surface and Floor Area Ratio (F.A.R.) requirements.
In residential districts, only a limited amount of the lot may be covered with materials that do not allow water to be absorbed by the ground (buildings, patios, sidewalks, etc.) The impermeable surface requirement varies by zoning district. The F.A.R. requirement states that the maximum floor area of an existing or proposed building cannot exceed 60 percent of the lot area. The F.A.R. is a ratio of the area of a building to the area of a lot.
As the regulations effecting building size very by zoning district and some restrictions such as impermeable surface and F.A.R. require extensive calculations, it is best to contact Building, Zoning & Property Standards Division of the Community Development Department at 847/933-8223 before planning your project.
Generally Zoning variances take about 35 - 40 days and Special Use Permits take about 90-120 days, depending on the number of cases awaiting a hearing.
Yes. A fence permit is only required when a fence is installed or replaced. When applying for a fence permit the following items are needed:
It typically takes one to three working days to issue a fence permit once an application is received. The fence permit fee is $50 and covers the permit review and all inspections.
The Village does not issue licenses for businesses operated from one's home, although we do regulate the type of business that can be operated from a home. If your bank insists on a license prior to establishing an account, a letter from the Village License Officer stating that the Village of Skokie does not issue business licenses for home occupations is available at the Building, Zoning & Property Standards Division counter.
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