• Adopted Building Code: 2012 International Residential Code (IRC)
  • Adopted Mechanical Code: 2012 International Mechanical Code
  • Adopted Electrical Code: Current National Electrical Code (NEC)
  • Adopted Plumbing Code: Current Illinois Plumbing Code
  • Adopted National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Code: 101 Life Safety Code, 2006 Edition
    (Copies are available at City Hall for viewing)

What to Bring

  1. Site Plan. A scaled drawing showing property boundaries, proposed buildings and improvements (including driveway location and width), and setbacks from buildings to property lines. Be sure you are aware of any easements, including utilities, that may be on your property. JULIE may be contacted at 1-800-892-0123 if you are in need of assistance.
  2. Construction Plans. A scaled drawing, minimum 1/8", showing size & depth of footing/foundation; dimensioned floor plan; plan elevations, electrical plan; and plumbing plan). Plan must include: window brand; rise & run of stairs; roof type (truss or conventional; and floor joist (2x10, 2x12, or engineered type).
  3. Completed Residential Building Permit Application

After the site plan, construction plans, and information form are submitted a plan review will be completed for the construction. Permits are generally issued the following business day.

Zoning Setback Requirements - New Home and Addition Construction

Note that the side yard measurements in the table below must be taken from the overhang of the structure and all other measurements in the table are made from the structure wall.

Be sure to check restrictive covenants within the subdivision you are building - their front yard setback may be greater than 25'

Zoning District Front Yard Side Yard Rear Yard Distance Between Structures Lot Coverage  Floor Area Ratio


(1 & 2 Family)


*See Below

20' "w/exception 10' 40% 50%

R -2

(2 & Multifamily)    

25' *See Below 20' "w/exception  10' 60% 140%

** Each not less than 20', but in no event less than 20% of the depth of the lot.* Each not less than five (5) feet from the facia (overhang) of the building to the lot line, and the sum of the two (2) side yards shall not be less than twelve (12) feet. For zero lot line duplexes in R-1, only one (1) side yard of nine (9) feet need be provided for each dwelling unit, and on a corner lot, there shall be two (2) front yards of not less than twenty-five (25) feet facing each of the streets. For zero lot line duplexes in R-2, each side yard shall have not less than five (5) feet from the facia (overhang) of the building to the lot line, and the sum of the two (2) side yards shall not be less than twelve (12) feet.

What Fees to Expect

Building Permit Fees:

$20 filing fee plus $2 for every $1,000 in estimated R.S. Means construction value (R.S. Means construction value is calculated using the most recent edition of the R.S. Means Square Foot Costs manual). If construction commences without a valid building permit, the above fee shall be doubled. Only property owners or an authorized agent can sign the permit application. Construction value is in no way associated with the assessed value of the property.

Water and Sewer Fees:

$415 Water Connection Fee, $4,317 Sewer Connection Fee, $140 per Meter Fee, $500 Water Construction Fee ($400 of said fee shall be reimbursed based on the following: that a passing meter inspection is made by city personnel prior to the installation of the lawn (sod or seed) and/or landscaping at the subject property. In the event that a passing meter inspection is not achieved prior to the installation of the lawn and landscaping, the $400 reimbursable fee shall be forfeited. A $50 charge will be deducted from the $400 reimbursable fee and retained by the city for each and every water meter re-inspection needed), and $140 Water Meter Fee.

Reimbursable Inspection Fees:

$100 water/sewer connection, $100 footing/foundation, $100 framing, and $100 final. All fees for which an inspection call has been made are reimbursed upon the final inspection of the project. If more than one re-inspection of the initial noted corrections is required, the inspection fee for that phase will be forfeited. If final inspection is not made prior to occupancy, the entire $400 will be forfeited.

What Inspections to Expect

The property owner must notify the City for one (1) water/sewer/sump inspection. No excavations may be filled nor any connections made without a City inspection.

It is the owner's responsibility to notify the City during normal business hours, at least one (1) business day (twenty-four hours) in advance of the following three (3) phases of construction:

  1. Prior to pouring concrete or setting block for the foundation. Principal items to be inspected include the setbacks, footing and foundation widths and depths, reinforcing steel, and foundation drainage.
  2. Prior to covering over the framing and roughed-in electrical and plumbing. Principal items to be inspected include the frame, floor joists, firestopping, roof trusses, and roughed-in electrical wiring, circuits and grounding and roughed-in plumbing. This inspection is done prior to exterior siding installation.
  3. Upon completion of the building or structure and before the issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy. Principal items to be inspected include a final check of the structure, interior and exterior walls, roof, operability of fixtures and equipment, and final electrical inspection of conductors, lighting and receptacles, circuits, water meter installation, and final plumbing.

A license is required for electricians. In order to obtain a certificate of registration to install electrical equipment an electrician can submit a current license issued by any of the following communities: Peoria, IL, Bloomington, IL, Springfield, IL, Decatur, IL, Pekin, IL, Ottawa, IL, Joliet, IL, or any other Illinois testing community upon verification by the city building official. Upon receipt, the City will issue an electrical certificate of registration.

Inspections focus only upon the work which is the subject of the Building Permit.

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