Registrations in Lieu of a Permit

Minor Improvements Approved as Registrations in Unincorporated Lake County 

Note: Projects in violation are not eligible for registration. This information does not pertain to properties that are located in municipalities.

*Minor Improvements that maybe approved through an online registration (some conditions apply).
Re-roofing* - when works is done by licensed roofers
Re-siding* - Only Residential Projects
Bee Keeping
Perimeter Fences*
Keeping Chickens
Sheds* - 100 Sq. Ft. or less in area
Air Conditioner Replacement*
Freestanding Pergola* Freestanding Gazebo or Screen Room*
Water Heater* Window Replacement*
Stoop Replacement* Minor Demolitions*

How do I apply for a registration?

Option 1: Online registration through the Online Permit ePortal. This option is available for most registrations. Certain conditions apply. Please review the conditions before you apply, these conditions are outlined in following sections. Please Note: It is not currently possible to apply online for hoop houses, bee keeping or keeping chickens registrations.

Option 2: Apply in person at the Central Permit Facility, 500 W Winchester Rd., Libertyville. This option is available for all registrations. Registration forms are available online in the Forms Library.


  1. Re-Roofing
  2. Re-siding - Residential
  3. Fences
  4. Sheds
  5. Hoop Houses
  6. Bee Keeping
  7. Keeping Chickens
  8. Minor Demolitions


This registration form is only available to licensed roofers in good standing with the State of Illinois. No permit will be required when proposed improvements consist of only reroofing your residential structure and work will be performed by a licensed roofer.

 A permit shall be required if: 

  1. work will be performed by homeowners, 
  2. reroofing is part of a larger project that involves structural work such as truss work, replacing rafters, interior alterations or additions, or 
  3. project is a commercial project or property red tag.
  1. Freestanding Gazebo/Screen Rm.
  2. Freestanding Pergola
  3. Stoop Replacement
  4. Air Conditioner Replacement
  5. Window Replacement
  6. Water Heater Replacement


  • Must be freestanding
  • The proposed structure cannot be larger than 200 square feet.
  • The structure cannot contain any electrical work.
  • The structure needs to be a minimum of 6 feet from all rear and side property lines, a minimum 30 feet from all water’s edge, and a minimum of 30 feet from the front property lines.
  • If located in the floodplain the structure will need to be anchored appropriately and constructed with flood proof material.
  • The structure cannot contain glass or any other type of glazing.
  • If the property is served by a water well and/or a septic system, the survey drawing must indicate the location of the water well and septic system (tanks and field).

Prohibited Locations:

  • Floodway
  • Drainage Easement
  • Deed Restricted Open Space
  • Recorded Access Easement
  • Unbuilt Rights-of-Way