Westmont, Illinois -- Date Issued: December 30, 2021
Most construction, installation, and home improvement projects require a permit. Typically, there will be one or more inspections associated with these types of projects, including a “final” inspection.
On larger projects involving multiple trades, an approved final inspection is often part of the agreement with the contractors working on the job. However, with smaller projects that might only have a single contractor, the final inspection can sometimes be overlooked because there are not clear expectations regarding who is responsible for ensuring that municipal ordinances are followed. Property owners need to be aware that ultimately it is their responsibility to make sure that the proper permits for work must be secured before work begins, that village code must be followed, and that an approved final inspection is necessary for the job to be complete.
To help avoid a situation in which the Village contacts you for a final inspection for a project that you thought was completed, the following steps are recommended:
When you confirm payment arrangements with the contractor doing the work, confirm that they will secure the proper permits, follow village codes, and present you with a copy of the approved final inspection with the Village for you to keep and have for your records. Your final payment to the contractor may be contingent on this provision.
As soon as your project is completed, the homeowner and contractor quickly schedule the final inspection. This needs to be completed within 12 months of the original permit being issued to avoid formal code action, which may result in a summons for a court appearance and fines.
For more information regarding building permits and related topics, visit the Community Development page on the Village of Westmont website.