Lower Level / Basement Remodel

Before You Apply

Depending on the scope of your project, electrical, plumbing, and/or hvac permits may be needed in addition to the building permit.

Please be aware adding a bedroom, bathroom or kitchen/ette to a lower level involves following a wider range of Uniform Dwelling Code requirements dealing with egress, lighting, etc.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have regarding your project or permit fees.

Requirements for Building Permit Application & Permit Fee

  • Fees for Lower Level / Basement Remodel can be found here.


Rough framing, insulation, and final inspections are required for a lower level remodel.

One inspector will perform all rough inspections in a single visit (framing, electric and plumbing, if needed). Please be sure all work is ready for rough inspections prior to contacting our office to schedule that appointment.

Second Inspection

The next inspection is required when all insulation has been installed, before being covered by drywall.

It is very important to call for a final inspection when all the work has been completed. This will insure the project has been completed according to state and local codes and all records at the village Hall will be finalized.

Additional Information

Proper dimensions and a description of the rooms must be noted on the construction plan, as well as the type of ceiling finish (suspended, drywall, etc.).

The location of the furnace, water heater, sump crock, smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector must also be shown. A general picture of what the rooms will look like is not a sufficient construction plan.

State Code

Per State Code, a vapor barrier cannot be used over insulation on masonry walls. All bottom plates are required to be treated lumber.

Once all required information has been submitted, please allow 7 to 10 days to complete your permit.