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Permits & Forms

The City of Elmhurst requires permits for building and construction projects, as well as other registration and licenses. Building permit applications and submittals must comply with City building codes, which are established to provide safeguards for the public’s health and welfare.

CSSP GRAPHICOnline Permitting: Citizen Self-Service Portal
The City's online Citizen Self-Service Portal allows users to apply for a permit, track their permit, submit documents, schedule inspections, and communicate with staff. Anyone seeking a permit in the City of Elmhurst will be required to utilize the Citizen Self-Service Portal. 

Sign up or access the Citizen Self-Service Portal here

Instructions on how to create a Citizen Self-Service account.
View step-by-step directions on how to Apply for a Permit Online here.

If you have any questions, please contact the Community Development Department at (630) 530-3030.

The Citizen Self-Service Portal will allow users to:
  • Apply for a permit
  • See the project workflow and required items 
  • See required inspections
  • Schedule inspections
  • Review the progress of inspections and notes from inspectors
  • Review if plans have been accepted or denied
  • Pay fees
  • Receive email reminders to everyone associated with the permit (homeowner, contractor, architect, etc.) on project status and the next steps required
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Document Center

The Document Center provides easy access to public documents. Click on one of the categories below to see related documents or use the search function.

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General Permits, Forms and Information Packets5 documents

  • Block Party Request Form
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  • Covenant running with land 2023 - pdf.pdf
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Overweight/Oversize Vehicle Permits & Oxcart Online Permits3 documents

  • Oxcart Online Permits
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    The City of Elmhurst has entered into an agreement with Oxcart Permit Systems effective April 1, 2015 for all overweight and oversize vehicle permits. This new web-based system offers permit applicants a simple and effective way to obtain permits in a timely manner. Applicants must simply visit oxcartpermits and click on the “Trucking” tab and create an account to get started. Once the account is opened, the applicant will be able to request permits through an easy to use online permit application. Once the application is electronically submitted, it will be reviewed by Code Enforcement. Upon approval, the applicant will receive notice of approval through email. The applicant can then make a payment using any major credit card and the permit will be immediately issued in an electronic format.
  • Oversize/Overweight Vehicle (PDF) Permit Fee Schedule
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  • General Permit Provisions (PDF)
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Residential Permits & Information17 documents

  • Detached Garage Hand-Out (all-forms)
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  • Construction Site Fencing
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  • Deck Requirements
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  • Guardrails and Handrails
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  • Lawn Sprinkler Permit Information
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  • Plumbing Contractors Fire Safety Rule
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  • Radon Law
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  • Reroofing Info
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  • Residential Notice Requirement Packet
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  • Roof Ice Protection
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  • Snow Fence and Tree Protection Requirement
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  • Sidewalks & Approaches
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  • Solar Panels - How to submit for permit
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  • Water Meters for Single Family Home
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  • Outdoor Fireplace Permit Form
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  • Homeowner Affidavit
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  • Renovate Right
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Commercial Permits & Information3 documents

  • Elmhurst Fire Department Sprinkler Plan Work Sheet
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  • Plumbing Contractors Fire Safety Rule
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  • Water Meter and Service Upgrade
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