Official Website: https://www.villageoflansing.org/
Lansing Village Hall Phone Number: 708-895-7200
Lansing is a village in Cook County Illinois and a south suburb of Chicago with a population estimated at 28,300. The village is 25.6 miles south of the Chicago Loop. Lansing has an area of 6.79 square miles of land and 0.058 square miles of water. Lansing sits on the Calumet Shoreline, an ancient shoreline of Lake Michigan. August Hildebrandt and his family were the first to settle in Lansing in 1843. Henry, George, and John Lansing settled the area in 1846 and Lansing was incorporated in 1893. Early settlement in the village was primarily by Dutch and German immigrants. Industrial development in the 20th century attracted immigrants from Ireland and Eastern Europe to the Lansing area and the village has since grown into the cultural and diverse community that it is today.
The Village of Lansing Building Department is responsible for the enforcement of our Village Ordinances. The codes and ordinances govern the construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of residential and commercial buildings and property in the village. The Property Maintenance Department is responsible for ensuring all residences and properties in Lansing are maintained.
Four property maintenance Inspectors investigate a wide variety of complaints and issue violation notices where necessary. Permits and contractors licenses are issued by the department.
As required by Village of Lansing ordinance Sec.46-136 any structure which has been vacant for a period of 120 days or more must be inspected before it can be occupied. This includes both residential and commercial structures. Vacant shall be defined as lacking habitual presence of human beings who have a legal right to be on the premises or substantially devoid of content. These inspections are conducted to determine the current condition of the structure, the heating and cooling units, water heating units, electrical and plumbing systems, if any non-conforming rooms or other conditions exist in the structure and review the current zoning classification.
The village will perform these inspections at the request of the current owner of the structure. A written report on the findings of the inspectors will be issued to the property owner. A fee determined by the village clerk will be required to be paid before the inspection is conducted. Any persons occupying a structure which meets the above 120 day vacancy period without first obtaining a new certificate of occupancy and required inspection is subject to fines and or removal from the structure.
All repairs or alterations required after inspection must be performed by qualified licensed, bonded and insured individuals. Property owners may perform certain work themselves once proof of a current valid insurance policy for the structure is provided to the Village of Lansing. Such work is listed in the 2015 International Building Code section R105, minus certain exceptions as listed and adopted by the Village of Lansing.
Whether you’ve just built a new home or moved into an older home, the day may come when you desire to add to or improve your property. When this time comes, the question always arises … Do I need a permit?
And, of course, our answer is that you should check with the Building Department. Our Building Code specifically states that, “A permit shall be obtained before beginning construction, alteration, or repair …,” and this covers just about everything. However, for your own protection and best interest, it is always a good rule to check with the Building Department.
Permits are required for certain work and must be obtained before work begins. Fees will be doubled for any work which begins before a permit is acquired. No work may begin on any structure unless there are working toilet facilities on site at all times for the duration of the work. Substantial amounts of construction debris will not be hauled away by the Village of Lansing. The building commissioner or director of public works will determine if a private dumpster is required to be placed by the owner of the property.
Any questions regarding permits can be directed to the staff.
The department also provides Health Inspections (click for more information).
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday 7am - 4pm
Office # : 708-895-7193
Building Department Mission Statement
We believe the residents, businesses owners, and contractors in this village deserve professional and efficient guidance and training in accordance to the codes and ordinances we enforce. We will serve our community in a courteous, professional, and a timely manner. Our actions will reflect that of honesty, integrity and fairness in all aspects of our department.
Crime Free Information:
The Crime Free Lease Addendum promotes keeping illegal activity off of Rental Property
Lansing Police Department
2710 170th Street Lansing, IL 60438
The Police Department currently maintains a staff of 61 full-time police officers, 3 part-time officers, 26 crossing guards, 18 Civilian full time staff (Records/Admin/Dispatch), 1 Part time community service officers, and 5 Police Cadets.