Building Inspections

Inspections are required to ensure that the work being done meets applicable codes. It is the permit applicant’s responsibility to call and schedule an inspection.

Inspections must be scheduled a minimum of 24 hours in advance. During the peak construction season, the inspection schedule fills up quickly and inspections may not be able to be scheduled as requested.  We make every reasonable effort to schedule inspections for the day requested.  Building and electrical inspections are scheduled to be conducted Monday through Friday in the morning from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and in the afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Plumbing inspections are scheduled to be conducted Monday through Friday in the morning from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

TO SCHEDULE AN INSPECTION, PLEASE CALL 847-853-7550

To schedule an inspection, please have ready the following information:

  • Project number
  • Type of inspection requested
  • Desired day and time period for inspection
  • Name and telephone number of person requesting the inspection

Effective June 24, 2013, the Village is using the inspection and plan review services of SAFEbuilt for the majority of plumbing inspections and for other types of inspections as needed. The inspectors from SAFEbuilt will be wearing SAFEbuilt clothing and badge identification and will not be driving a Village of Wilmette vehicle. If you are concerned about the legitimacy of an inspector, please call Village staff at the number above to verify.

The following is a complete list of inspections. Not all inspections apply to all projects. Contact the Community Development Department if you are unsure if an inspection is required.

  • Footings (pre-pour)
  • Foundation and drain tile
  • Base for pavement/slabs, sidewalks, driveways, patios, etc.
  • Spot survey, required after foundation pour (for new construction)
    NOTE: once approved, affix the approval sticker to the blue permit card.
  • Sewer and ground work
    NOTE: if any portion is on the public right-of-way, a separate inspection by the Department of Engineering Services is also required
  • Water and ground work
    NOTE: if any portion is on the public right-of-way, a separate inspection by the Department of Engineering Services is also required
  • Elevation survey (height of 1st floor above grade) (for new construction)
    NOTE: once approved, affix the approval sticker to the blue permit card.
  • Framing rough – contractor should be on site for this inspection
  • Plumbing rough – contractor should be on site for this inspection
  • Electrical rough – contractor should be on site for this inspection
  • Mechanical rough – contractor should be on site for this inspection
  • Roof material – wood shingles/shakes only, prior to installation
  • Electrical service
  • Rough masonry/fireplace
  • Insulation
  • Basement and garage floors
  • Construction final – contractor should be on site for this inspection
  • Plumbing final – contractor should be on site for this inspection
  • Lawn sprinkler final
  • Electrical final – contractor should be on site for this inspection
  • Mechanical final – contractor should be on site for this inspection