Engineering Resources

The Engineering Resources Webpage is intended to provide additional guidance and direction for Wilmette property owners, developers, contractors, and engineers pertaining to the Engineering & Public Works Department requirements, specifications, and standard details as they apply to development and construction projects within the Village of Wilmette.


Standard Details

The Village of Wilmette Engineering & Public Works Standard Details specify requirements for construction within the Village of Wilmette.


Submittal Requirements for New Development Project Review

In an effort to reduce the amount of time devoted to the review of development and construction projects, the Village of Wilmette Engineering Division has created lists of minimum requirements for Site Grading & Drainage Plans and As-Built Drawings, which serve as a guide to developers and their engineers when assembling these drawings.


Impervious Surface Coverage and Stormwater Best Management Practices

Impervious surfaces such as rooftops, patios, and driveways can contribute to localized urban flooding and be a source of excess stormwater runoff into Village sewers.  In order to help reduce potential negative impacts of new impervious surface construction, the Village requires stormwater runoff from new impervious surfaces be managed on site through the implementation of post-construction Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP’s).  BMP’s are a type of “green infrastructure” that are designed to intercept, capture, and retain stormwater runoff before it leaves a site, and allows it to infiltrate into the ground and/or evapotranspirate.  BMP’s can provide ecological and water quality benefits as well.  Examples of BMP’s include, but are not limited to; rain gardens, drywells, rain barrels, the application of permeable pavement rather than impervious pavement, etc.  Detail drawings for these and other green infrastructure installations can be found within our Standards Handbook.

To calculate the net difference in Impervious Surface Coverage (ISC) for a site, subtract the total existing ISC for the site from the total proposed ISC for the site.

Total Proposed ISC – Total Existing ISC = Net Difference in ISC

BMP’s are required for any net increase in ISC.  When BMP’s are required, the following information shall need to be provided on the detailed grading and drainage plan:

  • The location of the BMP(s)
  • Details of the BMP design (type, materials, dimensions, etc.) Note that BMP’s should be designed with consideration of the site conditions, which may include but are not limited to; soil type, space availability, seasonal water table height, etc.
  • The calculated capacity of the BMP. The BMP shall have the capacity to capture, at minimum, all runoff from the net increase in impervious surface area, from a 2-year, 24-hour rainfall event (3.34 inches – Bulletin 75).  To calculate the required capacity of the BMP, multiply the 2-year, 24-hour rainfall amount (in feet) by the net increase in ISC (in square feet) to obtain a cubic foot volume.

Net Difference in ISC × (3.34/12)  = Required BMP Capacity


Tree Canopy Coverage Requirements

The Village of Wilmette Code of Ordinances specifies that when a Site Grading & Drainage Plan is submitted in connection with the demolition or construction of a principal building or structure on a lot zoned R, R1 or R2, then the Site Grading & Drainage Plan shall additionally show that, upon completion of the permitted work, the site will meet minimum tree canopy coverage requirements of the Village.  The tree canopy coverage requirement can be calculated by completing the following worksheet and referencing the associated table below.


Public Right-of-Way Permit Conditions and Requirements

Any project involving the occupation of or construction activity within a Public Right-of-Way within the Village of Wilmette shall require a Right-of-Way permit from the Village.  The permit holder shall be solely responsible for all damage, loss, or claims arising out of its activities in the public right-of-way; and shall indemnify and hold the Village harmless against same.  Please see below for additional information on and requirements for construction activities in the Right-of-Way.

Work Zone Traffic Control

Where construction activities require the implementation of work zone traffic control and protection, such shall be done in accordance with the most recent publications of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s “Illinois Highway Standards for Traffic Control” and the “Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways.”  The roadway shall be open to local traffic at all times, full road closures require pre-approval from the Village Engineering Division and require a written notice be delivered a minimum of two-weeks in advance to all affected property owners.

Working Within Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Rights-of-Way

Anyone proposing to work within a Right-of-Way under IDOT jurisdiction must first obtain permit approval from IDOT in addition the Village of Wilmette.  The approved IDOT permit shall need to be submitted to the Village prior to Village permit approval.  Please click here for information on obtaining permits for work in IDOT Rights-of-Way.  For a map displaying Right-of-Way jurisdiction within the Village, please click here.

Working Within Cook County Rights-of-Way

Anyone proposing to work within a Right-of-Way under Cook County jurisdiction must first obtain permit approval from the Cook County Highway Division in addition the Village of Wilmette.  The approved Cook County permit shall need to be submitted to the Village prior to Village permit approval.  Please click here for information on obtaining permits for work in Cook County Rights-of-Way.  For a map displaying Right-of-Way jurisdiction within the Village, please click here.


Pavement Degradation Fees

Any Public Right-of-Way Permit involving the opening or excavation of a public street within the Village of Wilmette shall pay to the Village a pavement degradation fee prior to issuance of said permit.  The amount of the pavement degradation fee shall be calculated as:

Impacted Street Area × Adjusted Pavement Degradation Fee Rate = Pavement Degradation Fee

The street opening dimensions shall be a minimum of 3-foot by 3-foot in size, squared, parallel, and perpendicular to the curb. The Impacted Street Area is the square footage of the street opening plus 4 additional feet added to the length and width of the excavation.  This is done to account for the weakened pavement support at the edges of the excavation and total area of degradation.  The Adjusted Pavement Degradation Fee Rate is based on a regular assessment of the overall street surface and base condition by Engineering staff.

The pavement degradation fee is a separate non-refundable fee, in addition to the Public Right-of-Way deposit, to be paid at the time of permit issue.

If the actual size of the street opening is larger than the estimated size indicated in the approved permit, a recalculation of the pavement degradation fee shall be required.  The contractor or permit holder shall notify the Engineering Department of this change prior to the base inspection.  If this is not done before the base inspection or if the additional fees are not paid by the final inspection, an additional administrative fee of $250.00 shall also be due.  These fees shall be paid before the deposit may be released.


Supplemental Standard Specifications and Requirements for Construction

All development and construction projects in the Village of Wilmette shall be bound by the following Standard Specifications and all revisions, amendments, and supplements in effect as of commencement of the project, or subsequently enacted anytime during the progress of the project.

  • “Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction”, adopted April 1, 2016, published by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and subsequent publications of “Interim Special Provisions”, and “Supplemental Specifications and Recurring Special Provisions”
  • “Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways”, current version, published by the Federal Highway Administration (FHA)
  • “Illinois Highway Standards for Traffic Control”, current version, published by IDOT.
  • “Technical Guidance Manual for the Implementation of the Watershed Management Ordinance”, published by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD)
  • “Standard Specifications for Water and Sewer Construction in Illinois”, (current
  • “Section 653.119 Protection of Water Main and Water Service Lines”, From Title 35: Environmental Protection Agency, Subtitle F:Public Water Supplies, Chapter II: Environmental Protection Agency Part 653 Design, Operation and Maintenance Criteria
  • The Code of Ordinances of the Village of Wilmette, Illinois


Village Benchmark Locations

Click here for the listing of the Village’s benchmark locations.


Property Drainage Resources for Homeowners

The greater Midwest region is subject to high-intensity rainstorm events where the amount of rainfall can quickly exceed the soil’s absorption capabilities potentially resulting in yard flooding and basement seepage.  Excess runoff from impervious surfaces such as rooftops, patios, and driveways can exacerbate the problem.  In recent years, the increasing frequency and intensity of these high-intensity rainstorm events have made matters worse.

To learn more about the many actions that homeowners can take to better prepare themselves for rainstorm events and reduce the risk of flooding on private property, please click on the links below.

  • Wilmette Stormwater Incentive Program a Village financial assistance program available to homeowners looking to install green infrastructure on their property
  • Flood Prevention 101 a homeowner’s complete and comprehensive course in flood prevention and preparedness by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD)
  • Green Neighbor Guide this MWRD how-to guide offers homeowners and landscape professionals proven strategies to reduce flooding while also improving their landscaping through the implementation of green infrastructure and stormwater management treatments

If you have additional comments, questions, or concerns, please feel free to email or call us at 847-853-7660.


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This page was last updated August 3, 2021.