Department overview

Whether installing a deck or constructing a new home, the Village of Frankfort's Building Department is committed to ensuring quality construction through the enforcement of the village’s Building Codes. The codes provide the minimum standard to safeguard life, health, and property by regulating and controlling the design, construction, quality of material, use, and occupancy of buildings and structures in Frankfort.

The building department ensures the standards are provided for the minimum requirements to safeguard life, limb, health and public welfare. It renders interpretations of the codes and adopts policies and procedures in order to clarify the application of its provisions. A Building Department employee receives applications, reviews construction documents for compliance to the zoning and building codes, and issues permits for the erection, alteration, and modification of buildings and properties. Inspection services are provided for structural, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical work. The premises for which permits are issues are inspected and compliance is enforce to applicable codes.  The adopted village codes are the International Residential Code 2012 w/amendments, International Building Code 2012 w/amendments, National Electric Code 2011 w/amendments, International Mechanical Code 2012, International Property Maintenance Code 2012, International Energy Conservation Code 2015, International Fire Code 2012, International Fuel Gas Code 2012, and Illinois State Plumbing Code 2014.

Meet the Director
IMG_0446Adam Nielsen was appointed the Building Department Director in 2020.  Adam began his career with the Village in February of 2004. After six years of public service within the Public Works Department, Adam was promoted to the administrative role of Development Coordinator, where he managed grant funded infrastructure and other special construction projects. In 2015, Adam began leading the Building Department by overseeing plan reviews, inspections, business licensing and code compliance. Adam holds an Associates Degree in General Studies and is a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM).