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Building Services

Debbie Sobko
Building Services
Administrative Assistant

Sheila Lee
Senior Code Enforcement Inspector

The Building Services Division of the Community Development Department administers the Villages codes and ordinances related to construction and property maintenance and assists in the enforcement of zoning regulations. Building Services licenses contractors, issues permits and performs inspections for construction, repair, alteration and maintenance of buildings and structures. Building Services also administers the property maintenance code by performing inspections of residential and commercial properties upon change of use, ownership or tenancy, annual inspections of multi-family buildings containing four or more dwelling units and regular exterior property maintenance inspections.

Current Building Related Codes

The Village of Matteson uses the following codes:

  • 2012 International Residential Code with local amendments
  • 2012 International Building Code with local amendments
  • 2004 Illinois State Plumbing Code*
  • 2012 International Mechanical Code
  • 2011 National Electrical Code
  • 2012 International Energy Conservation Code with local amendments
  • 2012 International Fire Code
  • 2012 International Fuel Gas Code
  • 1997 Illinois Accessibility Code & 1998 ANSI A117.1
  • 2012 Property Maintenance Code with local amendments

*Important Note: Effective immediately the State of Illinois is requiring enforcement of an existing provision in the State of Illinois Plumbing Licensing Act that requires a letter of intent by the person or company performing the plumbing work as part of a building permit application.


Prior to beginning a project check with Building Services to make sure if a permit is or is not required. Building permits are required for all new construction and most home improvements, including demolition so that the appropriate reviews and inspections can be completed to ensure safety, code compliance, and sound construction practice. Failure to obtain a building permit could result in a fine. For complete details on the permit process, contact Building Services at (708) 481-8313.


All requests should be made 24 hours in advance of when the inspection is needed. To schedule an inspection, contact Building Services at (708) 481-8313.

Contractor Registration

All contractors and sub-contractors performing work within the Village must be registered. Registrations must be renewed annually. For questions regarding the registration process or requirements, contact Building Services at (708) 481-8313.

Property Maintenance

As is relates to property maintenance, the Division is concerned with four major objectives: public health and safety, education, public service and community appearance. The Division ensures that all environmental nuisances in residential and commercial neighborhoods are eliminated and that substandard and deteriorated structures become compliant with minimum property maintenance code requirements. The Property Maintenance Inspector addresses items such as tall grass/weeds (6 inches or greater), deteriorated houses, address numbers, yard maintenance, outdoor storage, inoperable vehicles, and garbage/refuse storage. To report a property maintenance concern, contact Building Services at (708) 481-8313.

Existing Structure Inspections (ESI)

An existing structure inspection is required for all existing residential and non-residential structures or tenant spaces upon change of use, change of ownership or change of tenancy. This inspection will be conducted by representatives from Building Services and the Matteson Fire Department. These inspections will inform the potential buyer/lessee of any code violations or repairs necessary to bring the property up to code. Once this inspection is complete, occupancy certificates will be issued and/or building permits will be issued for any remodeling or additions that the new owner or tenant has applied for. To schedule an existing structure inspection, contact Building Services at (708) 481-8313.

Contact Information:

Main Village Hall Line: (708) 283-4900
Building Services Division: (708) 481-8313
Fax Number: (708) 748-2326