Community Development


In light of recent developments with COVID-19, the Village Offices have been closed to the public. The department will continue to process permits. Please mail or email your applications to Management Analyst, Will Bouman. They can also be dropped off in the silver drop box in front of Riverside Township Hall. 

Information on drop box and how to access Community Development Department services during closure.

We have updated our inspection protocol to ensure adherence to social distancing requirements. Inspections will continue in a limited and modified capacity. Many inspection types will now only occur virtually, via Skype or FaceTime. Please call (708) 447-1241  to schedule inspections. For more information follow the links below:

Inspection Protocol
Virtual Inspection Guide

The Community Development Department is responsible for issues related to land use and development: administering the Village’s codes and standards as set forth in the Municipal Code and the CMAP Central Business District Plan; conducting long-range planning projects; reviewing development proposals; and implementing Village policies related to economic development, historic preservation, and land use; enforcing the building codes; issuing permits; conducting inspections of all phases of construction to ensure that building and fire regulations are being met to protect the safety, health and welfare of residents; and responding to questions about drainage. The Department also conducts annual business life safety inspections in conjunction with the Fire Department. The Department serves as the liaison for the Planning & Zoning Commission, the Preservation Commission, and the Economic Development Commission.

Annual Report

2017 Community Development Department Annual Report (PDF)

Building Department Window

Bed and Breakfast License

The Village approved the bed and breakfast license ordinance in 2013. The license is valid for one year from the date of issuance. The license allows the owner/operator to provide sleeping accommodations in up to five (5) guestrooms without cooking facilities, and breakfast. No alcoholic liquor shall be sold or otherwise provided for use or consumption by registered guests on the licensed premises. Bed and breakfasts are permitted in business districts. They are a Special Use in residential districts and require additional approval from the Board.

Bed and Breakfast Application and Regulations