Naperville Township and DuPage County require permits for various projects on both public and private properties.
Permitting your project will insure you are doing a job according to the rules. Doing a project without permits can be costly later. The homeowner will pay for the County permit and possible penalties. In some cases you may have to remove and redo. Unauthorized work can be removed and charges for the removal assessed to the homeowner.
Virtually every improvement on a residential lot requires some sort of a permit/waiver – dumpsters, fences, decks, swimming pools (above ground and in-ground), garage, hangar, shed, stable, satellite dish, short wave antenna, patio, terrace, retaining walls, digging or filling in a pond, etc. Placing a dumpster on a driveway for any project requires a permit. If in doubt, call the Building Division of DuPage County.
Township permits are required for all work within the Township right-of-way and for select projects on private property.
All Township permits are refundable bonds with a deduction for an Administrative Fee. The permitted property is inspected before and after the project. Any damage or incomplete work is noted. The permittee must repair, complete or forfeit the bond.
Work in the right-of-way could include tree planting, mailbox post replacement, driveway apron or sidewalk replacement. A permit or waiver is necessary because the Township has guidelines for these type of activities.
Examples of right-of-way project concerns:
- Brick pillars for mailboxes or for driveway lighting shall not be installed on the right-of-way.
- Sprinkler System shall not be installed in the right-of-way.
- Homeowners and/or their contractor shall not store or dump any construction materials on a Township road while working on a project.