Contact

Laura Salamone

Building Clerk

Phone: (815) 877-6072

Email: lauras@machesneypark.org

Permits

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Nearly all construction projects that occur in the Village require a building permit. If you are unsure whether or not your project requires a building permit, please contact us at (815) 877-6072. Home improvements that do not require a permit include: a) siding and window replacements (of the same size); b) kitchen cabinets and countertops; c) carpeting and flooring.

Online Building Permits
You can now apply and pay for a variety of building permits online!

Permits eligible for online application
:
- Plumbing, Electrical, Mechanical Permits 
- Public Works Permits
- Demolition Permit 
- Small Structure 
- Fence Permit
- Sign Permit 

You may still access a paper application for all permits below.

Permit Applications

Building Permit Applicaiton
Plumbing, HVAC, and Electrical work –  Requires a building permit
Building Construction – The following types of construction projects require building permits:
  • New commercial buildings
  • Commercial build-outs or alterations
  • New residential buildings
  • Residential additions and alterations
  • External wall signs and freestanding signs
Apply Online!
Building Permit Application

Please consult the appropriate section below for project-specific application information.
Demolition
All structural demolition conducted in Village limits requires the issuance of a Demolition Permit. The cost of the permit will be determined by the Building Clerk once the permit has been approved. The Village requires gas and electric utilities to be shut off before the demolition process is initiated (copies of shut-off orders must be received by the Building Clerk before permit is issued).

Building Permit Application
Deck

Any new or expanding deck in the Village of Machesney Park requires a Building Permit and zoning approval to be on file here at Village Hall. If the deck is attached to the house, it has to adhere to traditional zoning setback regulations associated with that property’s zoning classification. If the deck is detached and over 4 ft, it would be considered an Accessory Structure and would have to adhere to our zoning regulations governing accessory structures. Costs will be determined by the Building Clerk once the project has zoning approval. 

A site plan is required with this application, which accurately displays the height of the structure as well as the location of the deck in reference to the house and property lines.

Apply Online!
Building Permit Application

Driveway/Public Works Construction

Any new driveway construction or construction in the right-of-way requires a permit to be on file here at the Village Hall. Along with the Public Works Construction Permit, an Erosion & Sediment Control Permit/Statement needs to be on file as well.

There are regulations that state whether the full application or merely the statement have to be signed, and that will be made at the discretion of the Public Works Director. A complete copy of our regulations concerning construction for driveways or in the right-of-way can be found in the Machesney Park Code of Ordinances Chapter 8, Article II.

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Permit Application

Erosion & Sediment Control
Fence
If you are looking to build or rebuild a fence in the Village of Machesney Park, the Village requires that you fill out a fence permit application. Simply fill out the application and draw a simple site plan that documents the height of the fence as well as where the fence is going to be located in reference to your house and property lines. The Village stipulates that fences are to be no more than 4 ft. high in the front yards of residential lots, and 6 ft. in the side and back yards. 

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Fence Permit Application
Floodplain Development

There are many areas within the Village that are within the mapped Floodplain. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is responsible for mapping flood-prone areas of the Village, not only along the Rock River, but also along Willow Creek and other unnamed tributaries to the river.  There are several different categories of floodplain, each with different regulations and permitting procedures. Please be aware that there are some areas where construction is prohibited altogether. Please contact the Village’s Floodplain Manager for more information on floodplain regulations and when a Floodplain Development Permit is required for a project.

Floodplain Map
Floodplain Development Permit Application


Garage

Constructing a garage requires a:

  • Building Permit – All proposed garages, whether attached or detached to the residential dwelling, require a Building Permit. Costs will be determined by the Building Clerk once the project has Zoning and Building Approval. If the property is on well and septic instead of public water and sewer, the Winnebago Co. Health Department will need to be called for a quick inspection of the property.
Apply Online!
Building Permit Application

Winnebago Co. Health Department Contact
Manufactured/Mobile Home Placement
Occupancy (non-residential)
Roofing

Any roofing or re-roofing projects within the Village require a building permit to be on file at Village Hall.

If you are using a contractor for the project, license must be submitted. Costs will be determined by the Building Clerk once the project has Building Approval.

Please review the below permit and only fill out the sections that apply to roofing.

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Building Permit Application

Shed

Putting up a shed in a residential dwelling requires a:

(1)  Building Permit – If the proposed shed is over 120 sq. ft. in area, a Building Permit needs to be filed. Permit costs will be determined by the Building Clerk once the project has Zoning and Building Approval. If the property is on well and septic instead of public water and sewer, the Winnebago Co. Health Department will need to be called for a quick inspection of the property.

(2)  Shed Permit –  If the shed is no larger than 120 sq. ft in area, only a Shed Permit needs to be completed. A site plan is required with this application, which accurately the location of the shed in reference to the house and property lines.

Apply Online!
Building Permit Application
Shed Permit Application
Winnebago Co. Health Department Contact
Signs

Village sign applications for both permanent and temporary signs are reviewed and approved by the Village Administration.

Any new signs constructed within the Village require a:

  • Sign Permit – Costs will be determined by the Building Clerk once the project has Zoning and Building Approval.

Temporary signs, or signs that are designed to be posted on commercially-zoned properties for a specific duration of time require a Temporary Sign Permit on file here at the Village Hall. Commercial Properties are allowed Temporary Business Sign twice (2) a year up to fourteen days (14) at a time, or once a year for twenty-eight (28) consecutive days.

Apply Online!
Temporary Sign Permit
Sign Permit Application


Small Cell Wireless Facility
Solar
Swimming Pool

Swimming pools are allowed in all residential zoning districts in the Village with the exception of the Rural Residential (RR) classification. For a residential property, a swimming pool is required to be at least 6 ft. from the side and rear yard property lines, and at least 10 ft. from the principal structure or any overhead/underground cables. Winnebago Co. Health Code requires that all swimming pools, “…shall be enclosed within a wall, fence, or hedge, with a maximum height of 8 feet. Such fencing may be an extension of bearing walls of existing structures in the rear yards, but shall not project closer than 6 ft. to the side or rear lot line.” A pool is required to have a fence with a locking gate if it is less than 4 ft. in height, and if it is over 4 ft. it must have a removable or locking ladder. All pools require permanent electrical wiring, and must have a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlet. The electric trenching must be at a minimum of 18 in depth, and must be 6 in apart from the gas line (if applicable).

Above-Ground Pool: An above-ground swimming pool requires a (1) Building Permit and (2) Zoning Approval of a site plan showing the setbacks to the property lines and house. The permit application can be filled out here at Village Hall and is attached below. Please fill out all applicable sections. If your house is on well and septic instead of public water & sewer, approval from the Winnebago Co. Dept. of Public Health must be received as well.

In-Ground Pool: An in-ground swimming pool requires a, (1) Building Permit, (2) Zoning Approval of a site plan showing the setbacks to the property lines and house, (3) Soil & Erosion Application, and (4) Winnebago Co. Health Department Approval (if the property is on well or septic). If the pool is heated, please fill out the supplemental information on the Building Permit Application.

Once the application is complete it can be submitted along with the site plan to Laura Salamone at Village Hall or by email to LauraS@machesneypark.org. A complete list of all rules & regulations governing pools can be found below as well.

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Building Permit Application 
Erosion & Sediment Control – Permit Application
Erosion & Sediment Control – Sample Site Plan
Erosion & Sediment Control – Informational Pamphlet
Winnebago Co. Health Department – Contact Information