Building Director: Brian Goralski
Assistant Building Director: Don Fredericks
In 1947, the Building Department was approved by ordinance to provide safety inspections and regulations for all phases of construction in the Village. Today, the Building Department enforces the provisions of all adopted codes and issues permits for all building activities from decks, pools and driveways, to new commercial, existing commercial and residential buildings. The issuance of permits includes the review of all plans and specifications for Village code compliance, as well as the inspection of all phases of construction to assure that building and fire regulations are being met to protect the safety, health, and welfare of residents. In addition, the Building Department, along with the Fire District, conducts annual business life safety inspections. The department maintains records of all building-related issues, as well as responds to questions on drainage and/or concerns presented by builders, attorneys, engineers, and citizens. The Building Director is the Insurance Service Officer for the Village and provides information to mortgage companies and realtors for flood information. The Building Department works closely with the Village’s consulting engineering firm and in-house engineer during inspections and on the Village drainage system.
Building News & Highlights
Ready, Set, Build!
First come April showers...followed by May flowers...can thoughts of home improvement projects be far behind? But before you start, get all the information you need for proper permitting so that your home not only looks great when you are done with your project but can be safely enjoyed for many years to come.
Pick up your Home Improvement Guide at the Earth Day celebration at Bartlett Nature Center in James “Pate” Philip State Park, 2054 W. Stearns Road, on Saturday, April 26 from noon until 4 p.m. Bartlett Building Department staff will be available to answer your questions about the Illinois Energy Conservation Codes and can guide you through the permit details for your project. They also will be handing out free CFL light bulbs.
Building permits are required because your home or business is an investment. If your construction project does not comply with Village codes, the value of your investment is reduced. Property insurers may not cover work done without permits and inspections. If you decide to sell a home or building that has had modifications without a permit, you may be required to make costly repairs. Also, by following code guidelines, the completed project will meet minimum standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, your friends or future owners.
If you are hiring an outside contractor for your next home project, please make sure whoever you hire is licensed and bonded to work in the Village. See a list of contractors licensed to work in the Village.
The Building Department also reminds you that May is national “Building Safety Month,” with a focus on a different topic each week: Week One, May 5 to 11 - Keeping Fire in its Place; Week Two, May 12 to 18 - Helping Homeowners Weather the Storm; Week Three, May 19 to 25 - Surround Your House with Safety; Week Four, May 26 to 31 - Building a Brighter, More Efficient Tomorrow. Visit www.buildingsafetymonth.org for more information.
Keep Your Home, Illinois
Trouble paying your mortgage? Contact the Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network (IFPN). Launched in 2012, IFPN is a multi-agency initiative that puts all the tools to help homeowners facing foreclosure in one place. It is a FREE, one-stop resource that gives homeowners access to:
Mortgage Assistance Programs
Foreclosure Prevention Events
Tips on How to Avoid Mortgage Fraud
and Other Resources for Homeowners
Preventing foreclosure is one of the most essential things that Illinois can do to keep its communities strong and its economic recovery moving forward. For more information, please visit www.keepyourhomeillinois.org or call 1-855-KEEP-411 (toll free).
Radon in Construction
Effective June 1, 2013, all new residential construction throughout Illinois must include passive radon resistant construction. The Village of Bartlett has required a passive radon system to be installed in all new residential homes since May of 2002.
To learn more about radon, read this report, Radon in Construction from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
Cook County Encourages Radon Testing
Ordinance 2013-09 Foreclosed & Vacant Buildings
On February 19, 2013 the Bartlett Village Board passed Ordinance 2013-09 amending Title 9 of the Bartlett Municipal Code, Chapter 25, entitled "Vacant Buildings."
The purpose of this chapter is to protect the public health, safety, and welfare by
- Establishing a program for identification, registration, and regulation of buildings which are or become “vacant” as defined herein; and
- Determining the responsibilities of owners of vacant buildings; and
- Providing for administration, enforcement, abatement of public nuisances, and the imposition of penalties. (read/download entire ordinance) or the Vacant Building Registration Form
FEMA launches new web application – the Online LOMC!
Visit www.fema.gov/online-lomc to learn more about the new Online Letter of Map Change (LOMC) application and to see the new live site. Applicants can use this new website to electronically request a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) instead of applying for a LOMA using the MT-1 or MT-EZ paper forms. A LOMA is a letter from FEMA stating that an existing structure or parcel of land will not be inundated by the base flood. LOMA-eligible requests must be concerning properties on naturally high ground, which have not been elevated by fill.
In the near future, the Online LOMC application will be able to process all types of LOMC requests.
DuPage Single Family Rehabilitation Accessibility Program
Are you a DuPage County homeowner with a severe disabiltiy or do you know someone who is? You may qualify for help with the following improvements to your home:
- a wheelchair ramp
- bathroom grab bars
- accessible doorknobs
- a warning system for the hearing impaired
- other limited services
You may qualify if you are a DuPage County homeowner that meets certain income guidelines (ranging from $42,100 gross annual income for a 1-person family to $54,100 for a 3-person family, for example) and you fit the following criteria:
- use a wheelchair or another special aid for 6 months or longer; or
- are unable to perform one or more functional activities (seeing, hearing, having one's speech understood, lifting and carrying, walking up a flight of stairs and walking); or
- need assistance with activities of daily living (getting around inside the home, getting in or out of bed or chair, bathing, dressing, eating and toileting) or instrumental activities or daily llving (going outside the home, keeping track of money or bills, preparing meals, doing light housework and using the telephone) or
- are prevented from working at a job or doing housework; or
- have a selected condition, including autism, cerebral palsy, Alzheimer's disease, senility or dementia, mental impairment; or
- are younger than 65 years of age and are covered by Medicare or receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Grants for this program are available up to $4,999.00 and must be eligible under applicable federal regulations. All work performed must fix a condition or install a "fixture" in your home and must be performed by contractors who are qualified as determined by DuPage County.
For more information, call DuPage County Community Services, 630-407-6500 or 1-800-942-9412.
You Should Know
Building permits are required for all construction and home improvement projects, whether the work is completed by the homeowner or a contractor. Construction projects include, but are not limited to, additions, exterior repairs, demolitions, fences, swimming pools, driveways, sidewalks, patios, decks, sheds, central air conditioning, dog runs, dish antennas, furnace & water heater replacement and electrical revisions. In addition, landscaping constructed in a drainage or utility easement requires a permit. You can obtain a permit application online or by visiting the Building Department at Village Hall.
Home Improvement Day
The Building Department hosts its annual Home Improvement Day in early spring each year. This event is a great place to learn about the latest building materials and techniques, pick up home safety tips and to get permit information for your home improvement projects.