Risky Permit

Improving your home to add value? Don’t take a permit discount

Many times residents choose to complete home improvements without obtaining a permit from the Village. The question that must be asked is, “Is it worth the risk?”

Building permits are required for the construction, alteration or repair, demolition, or movement of any building or structure in the Village of Sugar Grove. Additionally, a change-out form is required when there is a change of occupancy for commercial building/units, even if there is no construction, alteration or repairs.

Occasionally the Village will receive a request to view permits or inspections reports.  Some of these requests occur at the point of real-estate transactions when the potential buyer is requesting evidence that permits were issued and appropriate inspections were conducted. The sale of the home is placed at risk when the potential buyer is concerned with the work that was completed without proper permits.

If a disaster such as a fire due to bad electrical work or water damage due to improper plumbing, etc. were to occur, the homeowner’s insurance company has the ability to deny the claim to reconstruct the home due to the work being completed without a permit which confirms that the work met proper codes and ordinances. The cost of rebuilding would then fall to the homeowner with little or no reimbursement from the insurance company. The legal costs alone in these situations may far outweigh the cost of a permit.

Build Responsibly….Before you build, please contact the Community Development Department at (630)391-7221 or mailto:permits@sugargroveil.gov for Building Permit Information.  Remember, when planning your construction projects that all structures should be located at least 10 feet from the property line so that they don’t alter the drainage between homes and cause flooding in your neighborhood. You can also find information on permits here.