Notice to Property Owners Regarding Construction, Improvements, Repairs, and Renovations

posted in: Announcements | 0

The ACL Building Inspector would like to remind all ACL Property Owners and contractors that it is the responsibility of the Property Owner to make sure all ACL and Jo Daviess County permits have been obtained and are in order before any work can be performed.

Please refer to the following items taken from the ACL Building and Environmental Code Book. The Code is available on-line at under MAINTENANCE. If you have any question, please contact the Building Inspector at 815-492-0900. The email address is . Office hours are Thursday and Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

102.1 Permit Required
It is a violation to construct, add to, relocate, alter, remove or demolish, or to commence the construction, addition, alterations, removal or demolition of a building, structure, dock, beach or other amenities without first filing with the AECC an application in writing and obtaining a formal permit. Any partitioning, subdivision or remodeling of any residential interior area requires an ACL Building Permit, as well as verification that the existing septic system remains adequate. Inadequate septic system designs shall be enlarged as required to meet Jo Daviess County and ACL Code Standards. Any violations of the above sentence will result in the permit fees being doubled.

Dish antennas, solar panels, or similar devices that are not a part of a residence will require a separate building permit.

No activity in the opinion of the AECC which significantly changes the existing topographic character of the land shall be commenced without first seeking approval of the AECC. This includes any grading, filling, moving, and shaping of the terrain and alterations of natural watersheds. Seeding and planting activities that do not alter the existing ground contours (as defined in Section 126 of the Code, Landscaping /Grading) are exempt.

102.3 Continuation of Permit
Where no work has been started within 180 days after the issuance of a permit, such permit shall be void. Exterior work must be completed within 365 days after the issuance of a permit or the permit shall be void. A new permit must be obtained before any work may begin or continue. A fee according to the fee schedule will be charged for the issuance of the new permit.