Permits & Inspections


The Building Department is charged with the review, inspection and approval of all new construction projects and other renovations, alterations and improvements to buildings located in the Village of Frankfort. Hundreds of local businesses are licensed by the department every year, along with regular public safety inspections with the assistance of the local fire protection district. Every contractor performing work in the Village is required to obtain a contractor’s license issued by the department. Our goal is to ensure that all buildings, new and old, provide at least the minimum level of safety prescribed by the building codes. 

MEET THE MANAGERAdam Nielsen, Manager of Economic Development & Building 

ManagerAdam 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).


A permit is required for:
  1. Doing work within in the right-of-way (e.g. driveway apron, masonry mailbox).
  2. Building a new structure or improvement (e.g. home, deck, shed, patio, elevator).
  3. Remodeling or changing the use of an existing structure or improvement.
  4. Changing grade, installing major landscaping or removing protected trees.
  5. Demolishing a building.
  6. Temporary permission for signs, PODS, or use of land or buildings. 

Residents are advised that all contractors working in the Village of Frankfort are required to be licensed by the Village. Permits will not be issued until your contractor is licensed. A licensed contractor provides you increased protection from injury claims and improvements that do not meet minimum code standards. It is important to recognize the contractor's license does not indicate or guarantee a level of quality in workmanship. Residents should always check with a contractor's references before selecting a licensed contractor. 


Inspections are required for most building projects.  In fact, new homes must pass at least 23 inspections before final approval is granted. 
A Village Code Official will inspect many projects, however plumbing, electrical and fire inspections are coordinated with outside professionals or agencies. Depending on the nature of your project, inspections might be completed all at once or require multiple visits by multiple experts before approval can be granted.  
Residents are responsible to schedule all required inspections with the Building Department. A contractor(s) will often handle scheduling for the resident, however it is important to remain involved in the scheduling effort to avoid unnecessary delays with a project.