The Building Department ensures public safety and welfare during building construction and renovation to secure the safety of life and property from hazards related to the design, construction, repair, and occupancy of buildings through proper inspection practices. The Building Department also strives to preserve the appearance and property value through efficient and fair code enforcement.The Building Department issues all building permits, reviews all building plans, and recommends adoption of building codes in order to stay current with national/state standards. Inspectors perform building, electrical, fire, and plumbing inspections, as well as property maintenance inspections.
The Building Department has nine employees including the Building Director, Administrative Assistant, Deputy Building Commissioner and six inspectors.
Information Available through the Building Department:
- Building Codes
- Homeowners Manual ( a guide to the building permit process)
- Building Design Specifications
- Building Permit Fee Schedule and Application
- Business Registration, Zoning and Occupancy Requirements and Application
- Contractor Registration Requirements and Application
- Rental Dwelling Unit Registration Requirements and Application
- Utility Reimbursement Program
- Impact fee schedule
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Administrative Adjudication Hearing System was established in 2003 to adjudicate local ordinance violations for the Building and Police Departments. Moving to an adjudication process improves the efficiency of obtaining compliance on properties with violations. There are two Hearing Officers; a primary Hearing Officer and an alternate Hearing Officer. By State statute, the Hearing Officer is required to be a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois and must be certified as a Hearing Officer. In essence, the Hearing Officer takes the place of the judge in the more traditional role in the court system.
The Building Department staff manages this process by:
- Preparing Hearing Dockets
- Maintaining Official Hearing Records
- Filing Liens on Outstanding Fines Issued by the Hearing Officer
In 2009, the Mundelein Village Board adopted Ordinance No. 09-12-77 requiring landlords to register their property within the Village. Currently there are more than 1000 rental properties comprising of approximately 3000 housing units in the Village of Mundelein. This ordinance was adopted because residential rental properties can have a negative impact to property values if not properly maintained vs. owner occupied residential units. This ordinance requires information be provided, i.e. owner’s name, contact information (both day and night) as well as specific information about the number of units in the building, etc. The registration is renewed annually.
- Perform plan reviews on new construction, remodeling, and other construction projects, i.e. patios, decks, sheds, fences, and the like.
- Perform inspections to verify conformance with adopted building codes, fire codes, and local regulations.
- Private property complaints are investigated and determined if ordinance or code violation exist, including long grass, distressed properties, garbage and debris health and sanitation.
- Administer state required elevator inspection program with elevator inspections provided by third-party contractor.
- Business registration inspection and renewal including those for video gaming and massage establishments.
- Coordination of annual fire inspections for all buildings in the Village with the exception of one and two family dwellings.
- 24-hour on call Inspector for Mundelein, Hawthorn Woods and Long Grove.
- Coordinate scheduling of Crime Free Housing training and certification.
- Maintain and assign addresses for properties in the Village.
- Issue Certificates of Occupancy.
Nearly a decade ago, the Village of Mundelein began providing plan review and inspection services for the Village of Hawthorn Woods. Generally these services demand 20 hours/week of staff time. The balance of time is spent on Village of Mundelein activities. Just recently, we have begun a similar program with the Village of Long Grove.