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Building Department

Phone: 815.937.3575 | Fax: 815.937.5606 | Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Building Commissioner: Vicki Senesac
  • Building Inspector: Lin Altenberger
  • Code Enforcement Officer: Paul Hafner
  • Plumbing Inspector: Mike Magruder
  • Electrical Inspector: Bob Steinke
  • HVAC Inspector: Pat McConnell
  • Fire Safety Inspector: Chief Ed St. Louis, Bourbonnais Fire Protection District
  • Health Inspector: Kankakee County Health Department

Under the direction of Building Commissioner, the Bourbonnais Building Department is responsible for overseeing all construction and development activity in the Village of Bourbonnais.

Rental property Registration & Inspection Ordinance
 The purpose of the ordinance is to improve and maintain the residential rental housing stock in the Village by the enforcement of the property maintenance code through annual registration and periodic inspections. The owner of any rental residential premises must file a landlord registration, which is required by the Village with the building department on forms provided by the Village inspector on or before May 1st of each year.  You can pick up Landlord Registration forms at the Administration Building located at 600 Main St. NW, Bourbonnais, Illinois 60914 or click on Landlord Registration Form

Building Codes

Building codes are reviewed annually to ensure the most up to date codes are enforced. Many building codes are revised every three years to reflect changes in material design, composition, and construction techniques. The Village has adopted the following Codes:

  • International Building Code (2012)
  • International (Residential) One and Two Family Dwelling Code (2012)
  • International Mechanical Code (2012) 
  • International Fire Protection Code (2012)
  • International Property Maintenance Code (2012)
  • NEC- National Electrical Code (2014)
  • Illinois State Plumbing Code (2004)
  • International Fuel Gas Code (2012)

Frequently Asked Questions 

Do I need a Permit?
Most construction activities require a permit. For your own protection, and best interest, it is always wise to check with the building department before beginning any construction, alterations or repair work. Failure to obtain a building permit could result in a fine or an order to stop work.

What do I need to start the procedure for my permit?

  • A copy of your plat of survey showing existing and proposed structures
  • Pertinent drawings or blueprints
  • Contractor name, address and phone number
  • Homeowner's Association info

Do I need to call for inspections?
Inspections are required for all work. It is best to call the Building Department ahead of time to schedule an inspection.

What are the office hours? 
The building department is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. After hours, an answering machine will take your message, and a representative of the department will get back to you.

Are there starting and stopping times for construction?
Yes:

  • Building Times: Start: 6:00 AM; Stop: 10:00 PM
  • Roofing Times: Start: 5:00 AM; Stop: 9:00 PM
  • All work will be limited to daylight hours, if accompanied by loud noises.


Why is there a need for floodplain management?

Throughout time, floods have altered the floodplain landscape. These areas are continuously shaped by the forces of water; either eroded or built up through deposit of sediment. More recently, the landscape has been altered by human development, affecting both the immediate floodplain and events downstream.

Historically, people have been attracted to bodies of water as places for living, industry, commerce and recreation. This pattern of development continued as communities grew. In recent decades, development along waterways and shorelines has been spurred by the aesthetic and recreational value of these sites. As development pressures have increased in the metropolitan areas, flood prone areas that had been avoided are now being built on.

The result being an increasing level of damage and destruction wrought by the natural forces of flooding on human development. By proper floodplain management, your community will see less damage and suffering from flooding.

Garage and Yard Sale Signage
Click on Garage and Yard Sale Signage regarding regulations concerning the size and placement of garage and yard sale signs.