Community Development Applications & Permits


Some of the permits below may have an associated fee. Please check the Fee Schedule for a comprehensive listing of all fees.

There are two primary forms of Building Permit Applications:

  • Long-form (for major construction projects, including new buildings, additions, and garages)
  • Short-Form (for everything else, including air conditioners, fences, and bathroom/kitchen remodels)

Additionally, you can complete some permits online by visiting our OneStop Online Permitting Application

Building Permits

  1. Air Conditioner
  2. Attachments Required

    Copy of proposal
    Download Application

  3. Basement Finishes
  4. Include a list of all pertinent contractors.
    Include layout of entire basement showing location of stairs,   existing windows, furnace and mechanicals, location of electrical (show   outlets and switches, supplies and returns for HVAC, and any new walls and   doors, and plumbing.)
    Basement Requirements
    Download Application
  5. Bath Remodel
  6. Layout of bath existing and proposed. Include layout of entire bath showing location of electrical outlets and switches, toilets, sink and shower/tub.

    Include a list of all pertinent contractors.
    Two (2) sets of complete plans (include riser and railing details)
    Download Application


  7. Certificate of Occupancy (CO)
  8. Provide layout of space. If changes are being made, include all pertinent information.
    Download Application
  9. Decks
  10. Include copy of Plat of Survey. Draw in placement of deck or patio with dimensions.

    Sign and submit deck requirements sheet.

    Include a plan that shows deck construction.

    Review Deck-Patio Requirements.
    Deck Patio Requirements
  11. Building Demolition
  12. Include description of proposed demolition, site plan or aerial of structure(s) being removed, and contractor information.
    Download Application
  13. Doors (Exterior)
  14. Provide a copy of the contract with contractor performing said work, detailing door sizes, and locations. If you are doing the work yourself, then provide a copy of the order giving this information.
    Download Application
  15. Fences
  16. Include a copy of Plat of Survey.  Highlight the location of the fence.

    Verify that you have completed all Zoning Ordinance Requirements. Please review requirements.

    Submit a copy of the proposal with specifications from the contractor.

    Fence Requirements
    Download Application
  17. Furnace
  18. Garage (Detached)
  19. Include a copy of Plat of Survey. Indicate where the garage is to be located.

    Include a plan/drawing of the structure, indicating foundation and framing of structure.

    Two (2) sets of complete plans.


    Detached Accessory Requirements
    Download Application
  20. Gazebos
  21. Include a copy of Plat of Survey. Indicate where the gazebo is to be located.

    If gazebo is detached, submit a drawing showing foundation, framing, etc. If gazebo is attached (even by a deck), Illinois Architecture stamped plans must be submitted depicting construction.


    Detached Accessory Requirements
    Download Application
  22. Generator
  23. Copy of Plat of Survey, showing placement of generator.

    Proposal from contractor.


  24. Hot Tubs
  25. Submit a copy of your Plat of Survey indicating: location of the proposed pool; distance from pool to adjacent lot lines, house, and easements.  Include proposal from contractor.

    Hot Tub Requirements
    Electrical Requirements
    Download Application 

  26. Kitchen Remodel
  27. Layout of kitchen existing and proposed. Include layout of entire kitchen showing location of electrical outlets and switches.

    Include a list of all pertinent contractors and proposals.

    Two (2) sets of complete plans.

    Download Application
  28. Lawn Irrigation Systems
  29. Include a copy of Plat of Survey.

    Include proposal from contractor.

    Lawn Irrigation Requirements
    Download Application

  30. Occupancy Only (Move-in)
  31. For New Businesses or Change of Ownership

    Provide a layout of space.

    Gurnee Mills tenants also need copy of lease and location map.

    Download Application
  32. Patios
  33. Include a copy of Plat of Survey. Draw in placement of the patio with dimensions.
    Include Proposal from contractor.

    Patio Requirements
    Download Application


  34. Pergola
  35. Copy of Plat of Survey showing size & placement.

    Copy of Proposal from contractor.

    Detached Accessory Requirements
    Download Application

  36. Reroof
  37. Include a copy of the proposal from the contractor.

    NOTE:  Not more than one layer of asphalt or fiberglass shingles shall be applied over an existing asphalt or fiberglass shingle roof; asphalt or fiberglass shingles shall not be applied over existing wood shingles or shakes. No second layer of wood shingles or shakes is permitted.  Asbestos – cement shingles are prohibited.

    Download Application
  38. Sheds
  39. Include:
    A copy of Plat of Survey. Indicate where the shed is to be located.
    A plan/drawing of the structure, indicating foundation and framing of structure.

    Detached Accessory Requirements
    Download Application


  40. Siding
  41. Include a copy of the proposal from the contractor.

    Download Application
  42. Swimming Pools
  43. Submit a copy of your Plat of Survey indicating: location of the proposed pool; distance from pool to adjacent lot lines, house, and easements.


    Pool Requirements
    Electrical Requirements
    Download Application
  44. Water Heater
  45. Copy of proposal and written letter of intent from licensed plumber.

    Download Application
  46. Windows
  47. Provide a copy of the contract with contractor performing said work, detailing window sizes, and locations. If you are doing the work yourself, then provide a copy of the order giving this information.

    Download Application
  48. Clearing & Grading
  49. Driveway / Parking Pad
  50. Provide a copy of the contract.

    Provide a copy of Plat of Survey showing proposed width and length.

    Download Application
  51. Sign - Ground
  52. Sign - Wall
  53. Sign - Temporary

Engineering Applications

  1. Consolidation of Parcels
  2. Driveway Permit (Right-of-Way Permit)
  3. For any work to be accomplished in the public right-of-way (including but not limited to sewer or water extensions, franchise utility work, storm drainage, driveway connections, sidewalks, curbs and gutters, landscaping, undergrounding of utilities, street lighting, paving or any other excavation or pertinent installation in the right-of-way).

    Download Right of Way Permit
  4. Lawn Sprinkling System
  5. Sewer or Water Service Connection Application
  6. Tree Permit Application
  7. Application for the removal, replacement, or relocation of existing trees on vacant lots or lots already developed/built upon/occupied. (Exempt Lots: Residential lots subdivided before July 16, 2001.)
    Download Application
  8. Utility Connection
  9. Watershed Development Permit Application

Planning and Zoning Applications

  1. Special Use Permit
  2. For a use subject to special provisions and because of unique characteristics cannot be properly classified as a permitted use. 

    Special Use Permit Application
  3. Annexation
  4. For annexing property into the Village of Gurnee.

    Annexation Application & Checklist
  5. Escrow Agreement
  6. For an agreement on the reimbursement costs (i.e. Consultant) incurred by the Village in processing a development or land use application.

    Escrow Agreement
  7. Informal Review
  8. For a potential applicant to informally present a project proposal before the Planning and Zoning Board (not a formal action item).

    Informal Review Application
  9. Interpretation
  10. For formal review and interpretation of a specific provision of the Zoning Ordinance performed by the Zoning Administrator.

    Interpretation Application
  11. Natural Resource Information Report Request (NRI)
  12. For Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District NRI reports to be obtained by parties petitioning for municipal zoning action (typically only needed with construction of a new building and in conjunction with the following applications: Annexation, PUD, & Rezoning). 

    Natural Resource Information Report Request (NRI)
  13. Personal Wireless Appearance Review
  14. For Cellular Tower/Antenna Collocation.

    Personal Wireless Appearance Review Application
  15. Planned Unit Development (PUD), Conceptual, Preliminary or Major Amendment
  16. For a parcel of land planned as a single unit with design flexibility from traditional siting regulations or land use restrictions.

    Planned Unit Development (PUD), Conceptual, Preliminary or Major Amendment
  17. Planned Unit Development (PUD), Final and/or Minor Amendment
  18. For a project seeking Final PUD approval (where a Preliminary PUD has been previously approved) or for a project seeking to make a "minor" change to certain provisions previously approved with a Final PUD.

    Planned Unit Development (PUD), Final and/or Minor Amendment
  19. Planned Unit Development (PUD), Administrative Modification
  20. For changes to a Final PUD that are neither major or minor.

    Planned Unit Development (PUD), Administrative Modification
  21. Minor Sign Exception Permit
  22. For any sign that does not meet the requirement(s) of the Sign Ordinance and which does not require a Special Use Permit, per the sign ordinance.

    Minor Sign Exception Permit Application
  23. Master Sign Plan
  24. For all new ground and wall signs associated with new multi-tenant development or redevelopment. 

    Master Sign Plan Application
  25. Site Plan Review
  26. Subdivision Plat
  27. For the creation of new lots or changes to existing lots.

    Subdivision Plat Application
  28. Temporary Use Permit
  29. For temporary uses such as: carnivals/circuses, christmas tree sales, contractor's offices & equipment sheds, real estate sales office, outdoor storage containers for residential & C/B2 zoned properties, and non-residential outdoor sales (i.e. sidewalk & rummage sales).

    Temporary Use Permit
    Supplemental Handout
  30. Variance
  31. For granting a property owner relief from certain Zoning Ordinance provisions if compliance results in a particular hardship.

    Variation Application
  32. Zoning Map Amendment (Rezoning)
  33. For changing the zoning of a lot. 

    Zoning Map Amendment (Rezoning)
  34. Zoning Text Amendment
  35. For amending the text of the Zoning Ordinance.

    Zoning Text Amendment