Planning & Development

The primary purpose of the Planning & Development Department is to promote the coordinated growth and development of the City of Washington.

This department works to ensure that all subdivision, development, new construction, and use of land conforms to state and local regulations and is accomplished in an orderly manner that minimizes or eliminates adverse impacts to the public health, safety, morals, and general welfare of the citizens of Washington. The department staff administers local land use ordinances and provides professional, technical assistance to the City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission, Historical Preservation Commission, Economic Development Commission, Building Board of Review, and TIF Joint Review Boards.

This department is responsible for the following activities:

  • Annexation
  • Building Inspection, New Construction
  • Code Enforcement, including Zoning, Subdivision, Building, and Nuisance
  • Comprehensive Plan Administration
  • Economic Development - General Business Retention, Promotion, and Support
  • Enterprise Zone Administration
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) Maintenance/Mapping

Permit Issuance/Application Processing, Including:

  • Building
  • Certificate of Occupancy
  • Comprehensive Plan Amendment
  • Demolition
  • Driveway
  • Fence
  • Home Occupation
  • Personal Wireless Service Facility (PWSF)/Telecommunication Tower
  • Rezoning
  • Signs: Including Banner, Billboard, and Portable
  • Street Cut
  • Street Load Limit, Temporarily Exceed
  • Swimming Pool
  • Zoning
  • Special Use
  • Variance
  • Landscaping Plan Review and Approval
  • Planning, Comprehensive Land-Use
  • Right-of-Way Vacation, Streets and Alleys
  • Site Plan and Subdivision Plat Review
  • Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District Administration

Home Occupation Zoning Code - Section 154.301

Section 154.306 of the Zoning Code determines whether a Home Occupation can be Administratively granted (Administrative Application) or must be presented before the Planning & Zoning Commission (PZC Application) for granting. Questions may be directed to the Building & Zoning Supervisor at 309-444-1122.

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Jon Oliphant,
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301 Walnut St
Washington, IL 61571
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