Building & housing Department

The Housing and Building Department is committed to providing exceptional customer service, while maintaining the welfare, health and safety of all individuals in the community. In addition, the department ensures that all residences and businesses are in compliance with City ordinances. 


A permit is required for all exterior and interior alterations, remodeling, fences, roofs, driveways, gutters, downspouts, siding, swimming pools, garages, additions, sheds, new siding construction, windows, electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning and water heater.


Homeowners may independently perform any of the above work, excluding electrical, plumbing, HVAC and roofing. Homeowners must complete a permit application and provide the Declaration page of the homeowner’s insurance. Permits are valid for six months. Work is permitted Monday through Saturday from 7 am - 7 pm. Work is not permitted on Sundays.


All contractors performing work must be licensed and bonded with the City of Markham to obtain a permit. Roofers, electricians, plumbers and HVAC contractors must be licensed by the State of Illinois. ALL contractors assigned to perform work are responsible for obtaining a permit on a homeowner’s property. A permit placard must be visible from the property’s window before the contractor performs any type of work. Work is permitted Monday through Saturday from 7 am - 7 pm. Work is not permitted on Sundays.


A pre-sale inspection is required on all properties sold in the City of Markham. Inspections are also required when there is a tenant change in a property that is rented or leased. The property must pass an inspection to obtain a certificate of occupancy before being occupied. There are fees associated with these inspections.