Planning & Zoning: Frequently Asked Questions
Can I develop on a floodplain?
Yes and No, a person may not make any new constructions or improvements to land that is located in a designated regulatory floodway. However the person may construct and repair structures located in the flood fringe, if the proper permits have been issued by the Peoria County Planning and Zoning Department.
How can I find you?
The Peoria County Planning & Zoning Department is located on the 3rd floor of the Peoria County Courthouse (Main Street side). The mailing address is 324 Main Street, Room 301, Peoria, IL 61602. Planning and Zoning office hours are 8:30 AM to 5.00 PM, Monday through Friday excluding holidays.
How do I get an address for my new home?
The Peoria County Clerk is located in Room 101 of the Peoria County Courthouse and assigns all addresses within unincorporated areas. Planning and Zoning requires an address assignment prior to the issuance of a building permit. The applicant must provide a site layout showing property boundaries, where your driveway lies in relation to the main road, and if your home is visible from the road. (Under most circumstances, you can usually obtain your address the same day you bring in your site layout).
How long does it take to obtain a permit?
Residential permits usually take between 3-5 business days to complete the review process, while Commercial permits take an average of 14 business days to complete.
What codes has Peoria County adopted?
The following codes are adopted and enforced: 2012 International Building Code, 2012 International Residential Code, 2012 International Existing Building Code, 2015 Illinois Energy Conservation Code, 2012 International Mechanical Code, 2012 International Fuel Gas Code, 2012 International Fire Code, 2012 International Property Maintenance Code, 1996 Illinois Accessibility Code, 2011 National Electrical Code, the current State of Illinois Plumbing Code, Part 890 Illinois Administrative Code.
What construction projects require building permits?
A building permit is required for new construction, additions, alterations, renovations, and repairs of a building or structure. Decks and sheds over 25 square feet in size require a building permit. Pools, fences and demolition also require a permit. Addtional permits for erosion control, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC improvements may apply. Please contact the Planning and Zoning Office if you are unsure whether or not your particular project requires a permit.
What information do I need to obtain a building permit for my new home?
Please see the Submittal Requirements Checklist in our Information Library. This document can be found by clicking on the Information Library link on the left side of this page. Choose the folder "Residential Permit forms". This folder includes many helpful documents including a building permit application and also a submittal requirements checklist.
What is a building permit?
Building permit is a document from the County of Peoria that provides legal authorization to begin construction of a building project.
What is a floodplain?
A floodplain is an area with water and ground surface elevations at or below the base flood or the 100-year frequency flood elevation. Floodplains may also include detached special flood hazard areas, ponding areas, etc. The floodplain is also known as the special flood hazard area (SFHA).
When is the best time to call?
Inspections: Building Inspectors office hours are between 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM. Inspector phone numbers are given to applicants upon issuance of building permits. Specific requests for inspectors should be made during the hours shown, otherwise, calls will be transferred to their voicemail. Calls regarding complaints, permitting, & zoning are answered on the main office phone of 672-6915 between the hours of 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
Where can I get Copies of these codes?
The International Codes may be found by going to the International Code Councils website: http://www.iccsafe.org/. They may also be found at: http://publicecodes.cyberregs.com. The County Ordinance may be purchased in the Planning & Zoning Office or can be found on-line by clicking on the "Ordinances Online" link on the left hand side of this page. Planning & Zoning Ordinances can be found in Chapter 12: Building & Property Maintenance Code & Chapter 20: Unified Development Ordinance.