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Permits are required for the following improvements:
Any changes made within the Historic District are subject to the Certificate of Appropriateness approval process. Please contact the Planning Department for more information.
A permit is not required for ordinary, non-structural repairs, including but not limited to the following:
Properties located in the Historic Preservation District have special regulations which must be followed. The above list does not apply to any property located in this district.
Typical review time for most residential and commercial projects is ten (10) to fourteen (14) business days; provided all required information is submitted and all contractors have become registered with the City.
For new construction, such as new homes, industrial buildings, commercial buildings, etc., review time is typically ten (10) to fourteen (14) business days; provided all required information is submitted. New construction permits are reviewed by multiple departments, requiring longer review times in some instances.
If a plan review has been rejected, a letter will be sent to the applicant requesting further information. Once the required information is received, a re-review of the permit will be performed within the above time frames, depending on project type.
We accept credit, debit, cash ($50 bills or less, we do not have change for large bills), personal or business check, money orders, or cashier’s check.
Yes, any contractor working within the City of Lockport is required to obtain registration with the Building Department prior to starting the work. Please see our Contractor Registration application (PDF) for specific information.
Per City Code (Ord. §93.131) contractors are permitted to perform work on the following days of the week at the following times:
Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
If you have any questions or would like to speak to City staff regarding this requirement, please contact the Building Department at (815) 838-0549 option 5.
Yes, as long as you are the owner and primary occupant of the single-family residence. This does not apply to multi-family dwellings such as condos, apartments, or other commercial properties. We do not allow "house flipping" unless all tradespeople complete the registration process. Before beginning work, all permits must be applied for and issued.
All swimming pools with a designed height of 24 inches or deeper are required to have a permit. These pools are also required to have a safety barrier (fence) with a minimum height of 4 feet completely around the pool, and have a self-closing, self-locking gate. Also, if the pool is provided a filter, the filter must have a UL label, and proper electric service is required. No extension cords are allowed. Please see the Pool & Spa (PDF) permit application for more information.