It shall be unlawful to construct, place, alter, remove, or demolish, or to commence the construction, placement, alteration, removal, or demolition of a building, manufactured home, or structure without first filing Building Permit Application with the Supervisor of Assessments and receiving a formal written authorization in the form of a Building Permit. A Permit shall not be required for any Illinois Division of Natural Resources approved drainage, wet land, water detention, or erosion projects.
Nothing in this Code shall require changes in the plans, construction, or designated use of a building or structure or portion thereof for which a lawful permit has been issued or which has been actually begun within ninety (90) days after this Code becomes effective and which entire building or structure shall be completed, as authorized, within two (2) years thereafter.
A Building Permit Application for a Building Permit shall be submitted in such form as the Supervisor of Assessments may prescribe. Such application shall contain the full names and addresses of the applicant and of the owner, and, if the owner is a corporate body, of its responsible officer. The application shall also describe briefly the proposed work and shall give such additional information as may be required by the Supervisor of Assessments and the County Highway Engineer for an intelligent understanding of the work proposed. Any proposed building project that requires a new or reconstructed entrance from a County road shall include location, dimensions, and the size and type of drainage structure to be installed.
Applications shall be made by the property owner(s), or an agent of the owner(s) consisting of lessee, architect, engineer, or building contractor employed in connection with the proposed work.
Nothing in this Code shall prohibit the filing of amendments to a building permit application or to a plan or other information accompanying the Building Permit Application at any time before the completion of the work for which the permit was issued. However, the building permit application shall then be subject to further and additional review that could result in additional requirements, additional permit fees, or denial of the original Building Permit. If the changes or additions warrant it, the Union County Board may issue a new Building Permit and require an additional fee.
Applications for permits shall be accompanied by drawings of the proposed work, drawn to scale, showing when necessary, floor plans, sections, elevations, structural details, computations, and stress diagrams, as any of the reviewing officials may require.
When required by the reviewing officials, there shall be submitted a plot layout in a form and size designated by the reviewing officials for filing permanently with the permit record, drawn to scale, with all dimensions, figured, showing accurately the size and exact location of all proposed new construction and the relation to other existing or proposed buildings or structures on the same lot and other buildings or structures on adjoining property within fifteen (15) feet of the property lines. In the case of demolition, the plot layout shall show the buildings or structures to be demolished and the buildings or structures on the same lot that are to remain. No Union County Official shall be responsible for establishing or locating property lines. If called into question, the Permit applicant shall be responsible for locating and establishing the property line.
Repairs may be made without filing an application or obtaining a permit, unless such repairs amount to a “substantial improvement”, the cost of which equals or exceeds fifty percent (50%) of the actual cash value of the structure either, (a) before the improvement is started, or (b) if the structure has been damaged and is being restored, before the damage occurred.
Each Building Permit Application shall be obtained from and submitted to the Union County Supervisor of Assessments. Once the application is completed and all requested material is submitted to the Supervisor of Assessments, there will be a period of ten (10) business days to review the application. If changes, corrections, or additions are needed before the Supervisor of Assessments can approve the application, there shall be an additional period of five (5) business days for additional review of the modified application. Once the application is approved by the Supervisor of Assessments, the application shall be forwarded to the Union County Highway Engineer for review. County Highway Engineer shall have a period of ten (10) business days to review the application. If the County Highway Engineer requires changes, corrections, or additions to the application there shall be an additional period of five (5) business days for review once all requested information is submitted to the County Highway Engineer. Once the application is approved by both the Supervisor of Assessments and the County Highway Engineer it shall be submitted to the Union County Board of Commissioners at the next regularly scheduled meeting for final approval. After approval of the application by the County Board of Commissioners are approved application shall be retained by the Union County Clerk. The County Clerk shall remove the Building Permit Fee from the application, that shall be submitted as required herein, and forward the fee to the Union County Treasurer. The County Clerk shall then return the approved original Application to the Supervisor of Assessments. A copy of the approved Building Permit Application will be made available to the Applicant by the Supervisor of Assessments and it shall serve as the authorized Building Permit. If there is a Flood Plain Variance request attached to the Building Permit Application and it is also approved, the Union County Clerk will file the original Variance and shall also submit a copy of the approved variance to the Supervisor of Assessments and the County Highway Engineer. The Supervisor of Assessments should be notified within three (3) days of approval of any building permit by the County Board of Commissioners and upon notification the Supervisor of Assessments shall within three (3) days notify the applicant of such approval. The Supervisor of Assessments shall provide a dopy of the Building Permit to the applicant along with any approved Flood Plain Variance. If at any step during the process the Building Permit Application is rejected the reasons for denying the application shall be made in writing and presented to the applicant along with a copy of the Application. Any original Building Permit Application that has been denied shall be kept on file by the Supervisor of Assessments.
Any of the reviewing officials may revoke a permit or approval issued in case there has been any false statement or misrepresentation as to a material fact in the application or plans on which the permit or approval was based. Any changes made to the scope, size, or location of the proposed building or demolition without resubmitting an application to the Supervisor of Assessments will be considered a misrepresentation as to material fact.
No permit shall be issued until any bond requirements of any affected utility or other entity with interest have been properly fulfilled. No permit to remove a building or structure shall be issued to a non-owner until notice has been given to the owners in fee of property upon which said building or structure is to be removed and an opportunity has been given said owners to be heard upon such application.