Permit Requests

Permit Requests
Design Standards Plan-
Architectural and site development standards for large retail establishments which exceed 25,000 square feet in total floor area. A Design Standards Plan is reviewed by the Planning and Zoning Commission. A public hearing is required.

Conditional Use Permits-
A use that may impact adjacent properties that is conditionally permitted by the Planning and Zoning Commission. Criteria specific to the request are reviewed. A public hearing is required.

Variance-
A minimum adjustment to a provision within the Zoning Ordinance related to a physical condition of a property that is reviewed by the Planning and Zoning Commission, sitting as the Board of Adjustment. The Board of Adjustment shall determine if there is a physical hardship related to the land or building; if special circumstances exist; and if there might be negative impacts. A Variance applies to the property. A public hearing is required.

Zone Change-
An amendment to the Zoning Map. The Planning and Zoning Commission shall review whether the Zone Change request is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan. A recommendation is forwarded to the Mayor and City Council. A public hearing is required.

Text Amendment-
A legislative amendment to a provision within the Zoning Ordinance that is reviewed by the Planning and Zoning Commission. A recommendation is forwarded to the Mayor and City Council. A public hearing is required.

Subdivision Permit-
A permit is issued for a major subdivision, which includes public improvements; a minor subdivision, which does not include public improvements; and a lot split. Major subdivision requests are reviewed by the City Staff, the City Subdivision Review Committee (CSRC), the Planning and Zoning Commission, and the City Council. Minor subdivision and a lot split requests are reviewed by the City Staff, the City Subdivision Review Committee (CSRC), and the City Council. A lot line adjustment does not require a subdivision permit. A lot line adjustment is approved administratively by the City Planner and the City Engineer.
For more information about Subdivision requirements please refer to chapter 22 (subdivision of land) of the Evanston City Code.

Sign Permit-
All requests for new signs and structural changes to existing signs require a permit review. Requests are reviewed and approved by the Planning and Development Department and the City Engineering Department.
For more information about Sign requirements please refer to article IV (signs) chapter 24 of the Evanston City Code.

Home Occupation Permit-
Required for any home-based business. If a home occupation generates business traffic or is conducted in an accessory building, a conditional use permit is also required.

Home Occupation Childcare Permit-
Required for any home-based childcare business. A conditional use permit is also required.

Nuisances-
In partnership with the Police Department, the Planning Department enforces provisions of the Nuisance Ordinance. Nuisances apply to the unsightly condition of land and buildings, derelict vehicles, noxious substances, weeds, and other conditions that may negatively impact the general health, safety, and welfare of the public.

Permit Application Form