Community Development Department

Building Permits are online.

Applications 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. Permit applications can be submitted by using the following methods:

  • For most building permits, go to (Website temporarily unavailable - please bring plans in to the permit desk at the Village Hall). These include interior remodeling, garages, driveways, decks, and swimming pools.
  • For smaller jobs, go to (Website temporarily unavailable - please bring plans in to the permit desk at the Village Hall). 
  • These include air conditioners, amplifiers, dumpsters, electrical service upgrades, fences, furnaces, raffles, sewer, sheds, and water heaters.
  • For all other permits, please email 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 Responsibilities

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:


From time to time the Village is asked to help with rear yard drainage issues. The Village offers a complimentary program to help residents alleviate these problems. The Building Division staff will survey the subject area and identify solutions to help reduce ponding in the rear yard. Solutions may include an installation of a catch basin in the rear yard, re-grading the yard or a shifting of downspouts. The Village identifies the solution at no cost, but does not contribute financially to the implementation. Access the Residential Yard Drainage Assistance Program (PDF) form.

In addition, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago has prepared a Green Neighbor Guide (PDF) which has information on how to reduce backyard flooding issues with rain gardens, dry wells, permeable patios and rain barrels. 

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

2020 Census Information

The U.S. Census Bureau is conducting the 2020 Decennial Census.  Please visit the 2020 Census page to learn about the Census in Skokie.

  1. Community Development Department


    Phone: 847/933-8447
    Fax: 847/568-8895