Building Permit Checklist

The permit application is to be filled out and returned to the Building and Zoning office along with other required documents attached.

Fees will be determined by the building and zoning officer. You will be notified of the required fees within approximately 5 working days after the application is received. All fees must be paid and required documentation received prior to processing of your permit. Fees include both the building permit charges and the inspection charges.


Checks for permits and inspections must be made out to the City of Plano. Checks for transition fees must be made out to the school, library or fire district (as noted on your permit). Permits will be issued within approximately 14 working days of receipt of fees and required documentation.

Additional Inspection Fees

Whenever, at the discretion of the building and zoning officer, additional or extra inspections shall become necessary because of faulty, incorrect or substandard workmanship, the particular contractor concerned, or the owner of said premises, if there is no contractor, shall pay in advance to the City Clerk, the sum of $35 for each such additional or extra inspection.

Performance Bonds

Whenever, at the discretion of the city engineer, it is necessary to ensure that street surfaces be returned to their original condition following construction, a $1,000 performance bond may be added to the building permit costs. This bond will be returned to the permit holder upon satisfactory restoration of street surfaces and/or parkways.

Invalid Permits

Any permit issued shall become invalid if the authorized work is not commenced within 6 months after issuance of the permit or if the authorized work is suspended or abandoned for a period of 6 months after the time of commencing the work.

Building Codes in Effect (As Amended)

  • International Building Code 2018
  • International Residential Code, 2018
  • International Plumbing Code 2018
  • International Mechanical Code 2018
  • International Energy Conservation Code 2018
  • NFPA 101, Life Safety Code 2006
  • NEC, National Electric Code, 2017
  • Illinois State Plumbing Code, (Most Current Edition) 2014
  • City of Plano, Minimum Construction Standards (C.C. Title 4, Chap. 9)

Items to Submit with Building Permit Application

Multiple dwelling drawings and commercial and industrial drawings must be signed and sealed by a licensed professional engineer or architect.

  • Plat of survey drawn to scale 1 inch : 20 feet preferred
    • Identification of easements and flood plains
    • Actual size and shape of property
    • Location and size of all existing structures and/or all new
    • Construction
    • Distance from lot lines and distance between buildings
    • Driveways and parking areas
    • Names of all streets bordering property
    • Location of all water and sewer lines
    • Date of recorded plot
  • Septic permit, if necessary, to be obtained and approved by the Kendall County Health Department
  • Lot parcel number
  • Construction drawings - 3 sets drawn to scale, including but not limited to the following:
    • Foundation plan
    • Typical floor and wall cross section (noting size and material of structural elements)
    • Floor plan of each floor and basement (designate bedroom egress and basement escape windows)
    • Mechanical, plumbing and Electrical layout
    • Residential construction documents shall include
    • A light and vent schedule
  • Culvert permit (if necessary)
  • Floodplain information (if necessary)
  • Proposed construction must be staked out prior to submission of application for building permit.