Gazebo, Greenhouse, Pergola Resource Guide

When constructing a gazebo, greenhouse or pergola on your property, a permit is required.  Should you also be installing any type of electrical work, an electrical permit application is required.  If you have hired a contractor(s) to perform the work, they must obtain a Contractor's Business License with the village before a permit can be issued.

Questions can be directed to the Permitting Division of the Community Development Department at 847.923.4420.

Current Fee:

Submittal Requirements:

  • Village permit application- residential 
  • 2 copies of the Plat of Survey with structure drawn to scale. Include the dimensions from rear and side lot lines.
  • 2 copies of the drawings including elevations.

Required Inspections:

  • Possible sub base or foundation inspection
  • Rough framing inspection
  • Rough electrical if applicable
  • Final inspection

Inspections be can scheduled up to 4pm the business day prior to the requested inspection date by contacting the Permitting Division of the Community Development Department at 847.923.4420.

Code Requirements:

  • The maximum allowable area for a gazebo, greenhouse or workshop shall be 200 square feet or no more than 40 percent of the rear yard (including all accessory structures within the rear yard), whichever is less.
  • Changes in use of accessory structures must conform to all applicable requirements of the Municipal Code.
  • Pergolas would not fit in the 40 percent coverage rule unless they have an impervious type floor and then if applicable the maximum size would only be regulated by the 40 percent rule.
  • The maximum height of a detached accessory structure shall be measured at the front of the structure and from the top of the finished floor to the highest point of the building, and shall be no taller than 15 feet in height. In the event there are significant grade changes on the property as to expose 18 inches or more of the foundation of the structure, a grading plan shall be a required component of the building permit application.