Online Building Permit App FAQs

Yes, you may apply online of you perform the work yourself. Yo will need to check the box(es) next to appropriate work type(s) on the online form and upload the Owner Affidavit.

NOTE: Single notarized Owner Affidavit document must be uploaded AFTER you submit the form. Simply click Manage Attachments for the request in question and then upload "Owners Permit Affidavit" required attachment.

Currently, you may request Survey Approval letter by contacting the Survey Department via email by clicking HERE.

The construction agreement form will need to be filled out for all new site plans. This form should be turned in with the survey at time of application.
For the foundation & as-built, all they need is their survey & permit number with information for return if other than the e-mail the request came in on.

You will need to pay the online Application Filing Fee ($3.50) with a credit card but the Permit Fee can be paid with cash or check. If you want to pay the Permit Fee with cash or check, you will have to visit the Building Department in person. Please ensure that your request is in PaymentPending state before visiting the Building Department.

You may replace any uploaded document as long as your request is in Draft state. Once you submit your request and it's Pending, you may no longer replace it. Use the "Ask Question" option to request assistance with document replacements.

This may happen when your are using a general contractor for a specialty trade. For example, you may be using a a general contractor to do your insulation but the contractor may not be designated as an insulation contractor. In such case, use the "Additional Contractor License #" field and search for the contractor by switching the license type drop down.
The $3.50 Filing Fee was approved via County Ordinance to cover the cost of maintaining the online building application filing system. Portion of this fee ($0.50) is collected by the payment gateway vendor.

These may be the reasons why Parcel Number is being rejected:

  1. The Parcel Number you entered is invalid
  2. The address you entered is invalid
  3. The property is too new to be registered in the County property tax management system
  4. The property is located in incorporated part of the County. It must end with one of the following: "001", "002", "007", "012", "013", "016", "028", "032", "037", "041", "044", "055"

Use Property Lookup tool to retrieve correct Parcel Number using Owner Name, Property Address or Property Key.

Only Lake County licensed contractors in good standing will be listed. If particular contractor is not found in the search, it usually means that they:

  1. Did not renew their license, and/or
  2. Did not update their Insurance, and/or
  3. Did not update their Bond

You will not be able to file online (or in person) unless a contractor you use is in good standing.