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Lombard to require permits for new patio projects

Published: Friday, April 25, 2014 10:10 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:42 a.m. CDT
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LOMBARD – In an attempt to curb drainage issues, the village of Lombard will require a permit for all patio construction projects.

Village Trustees voted 5 to 0 at its regular meeting April 17 to approve an amendment to the building code that will require a permit for the construction of any patio 100 square feet in area or larger. District 1 Trustee Dan Whittington was not present for the vote.

Lombard was one of the last municipalities in DuPage County to require permits for patio construction, said William Heniff, Lombard director of community development.

Despite good intentions from homeowners, occasionally the installation of patios has contributed to drainage issues for adjacent property owners, Heniff said.

“We have had this occur from time to time and it’s always a difficult situation,” he said. “The purpose of this [amendment] is to address these issues in advance. We can provide guidance and direction so they don’t have to come back and retrofit.”

A permit also will be required when a patio of any size is proposed to include any electrical, plumbing, gas fixtures or is proposed within a drainage or public utility easement.

The patio permit fee is $75 – the same fee as a driveway permit.

The majority of patio permits should be able to be issued in about 15 minutes as an over-the-counter permit.

Applications for permits can be submitted to the Community Development Department. Requirements include a completed permit application and three copies of a plat of survey showing the location of the patio and setbacks to the house and property lines.

For information, contact Community Development at 630-620-5750.

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