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Building Permits - Watering - Recycling

Building codes
Permits are required for a number of different projects in order to assure that these projects meet applicable building codes. The City of Des Plaines has adopted building codes to protect the health, safety and welfare of its residents.

Building permits are required for building construction or alterations; sheds; fences; decks and stairs; roofing; exterior doors and windows, concrete, asphalt or paver brick driveways; sidewalks; patios, stoops and stairs, siding; new electric service; plumbing (hot water heaters etc.); sewer repair, extensive interior remodeling; new structures and any structural changes; swimming pools, spas and hot tubs; heating and air conditioning; grading changes; retention walls or other landscaping involving topographical changes; demolitions; shoring and foundation repairs; signs; banners and tents and fire sprinklers.

All permits may be applied for at the City of Des Plaines Building Department, 1420 Miner St., Room 301. Most projects costing over $15,000 will require stamped architectural plans. All permit applications require a current Plat of Survey. Licensed, bonded and insured contractors are required for many types of permits.

For more information on permit requirements, call (847) 391-5380 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Garbage, Recycling & Yard Waste Services
All carts and items must be placed curbside before 6 a.m. on collection day to ensure proper collections. Carts should be pushed or pulled to the curbside and placed on the parkway (NOT in the street) with wheels facing toward the house.

Refuse: All trash must be placed in designated cart. Garbage – GREEN and Recycling BLUE

All recycling must be placed in designated cart (Blue). Recycling does not need to be separated. Accepted items include: aluminum cans, clean foil, trays, tin/steel/bi-metal cans, empty aerosol cans, clear, or colored glass, #1-5 and #7 plastics, milk/juice cartons, drink boxes, newspapers, junk mail, magazines, brown paper bags, phone books, catalogs, typing and computer paper, chip board, cardboard boxes and gift boxes. Corrugated cardboard must be flattened or cut into 2-by-2-foot pieces.

NOT ACCEPTABLE: Plastic grocery bags, tarps and wraps, scrap metal, toys, windowpane glass, ceramics, light bulbs, drinking glasses, kitchen flatware, vases and dishes, Pyrex products or Styrofoam and polystyrene plastics (#6).

Lawn Watering Restrictions
The city’s water conservation ordinance is in effect annually from May 15 through Sept. 15. If using something other than a hand-held watering device or a sprinkling can, the following restrictions apply:

• Even number addresses on even numbered calendar days
• Odd number addresses on odd numbered calendar days

Allowable hours are from 5 to 8 a.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. in both cases, and for both residential users and commercial accounts. Violators can be fined.

Yard Waste
April 4 to Dec. 16
Includes grass clippings, leaves, plant clipping, twigs, small branches and brush, NO fruits, vegetables, dirt, roots stumps and animal waste. Must be placed in 32-gallon container with handles, marked with a 12-inch red “X” around the body of the container and must not exceed 50 pounds or in 2-ply yard waste paper bags that are not torn and do not exceed 50 pounds. DO NOT place yard waste in plastic bags, cardboard boxes or in designated garbage containers.

For more recycling information
For information on disposal of appliances, batteries, prescription drugs and sharps, bulk garbage, bulk computers, construction debris, florescent light bulbs, toilets, carpet, household hazardous waste, motor oil, paint (latex only), “Technotrash” and tires (no rims), check with the City of Des Plaines. For a complete list, visit, then click on City Services or call (847) 391-5464

Free Electronics Recycling
Des Plaines Residents ONLY Wednesdays
from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Public works will accept all computer components, phone equipment, hand-held electronics, DVDs, VCRs, and televisions at 1111 Joseph J. Schwab (Campground) Road. The contracted recycling company will wipe all computer hard drives to National Institute of Standards & Technology standards. Computers that meet requirements are then refurbished, while unusable equipment is recycled responsibly in accordance with the Illinois Electronics Reuse & Recycling Act. Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, P.A.97-0287 bans landfill disposal of many electronic items.

Items will only be accepted during the designated times above. Household appliances (white goods) will NOT be accepted.

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