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Planning & Zoning: Frequently Asked Questions

Code Enforcement

How can I report a violation?

Is my property in Unincorporated Peoria County?

Floodplain

Can I develop on a floodplain?

What is a floodplain?

Inspections and Building Code

How do I schedule an inspection?

Miscellaneous

How can I find you?

How do I get an address for my new home?

Permits

How long does it take to obtain a permit?

How much will my permit cost?

What construction projects require building permits?

What information do I need to obtain a building permit?

Zoning

How can I find out what a property is zoned?

How do I file a petition for a Zoning Board of Appeals case?

What do I do if I cannot meet the property setback or size requirements for my building?

What do I do if I want to split or combine a piece of property?


Code Enforcement

How can I report a violation?

To report a property maintenance violation, please call the office with a valid address or Parcel ID/Tax ID number. Violations cannot be entered into the system for enforcement until this information is provided to the office.

Is my property in Unincorporated Peoria County?

If you are unsure if your property is located in unincorporated Peoria County, please call the office with an address or Parcel ID/Tax ID and we will be happy to assist you. If your property is located within City of Peoria limits, please contact the City of Peoria's Planning and Zoning Department.

Floodplain

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.

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).

Inspections and Building Code

How do I schedule an inspection?

Call your inspector to set up an inspection. Inspectors require a minimum of at least 24 hours advance notice to schedule an inspection. Please have the permit number and address for the project for reference.

Miscellaneous

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).

Permits

How long does it take to obtain a permit?

Once the office receives complete, code compliant information needed for the permit, residential permits usually take between 2-3 business days to complete the review process, while Commercial permits take an average of 14 business days to complete. Additionally, certain permits can be issued the same day you come to the office.

How much will my permit cost?

Please see our fee schedule page for a complete list of fees.

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. Additional 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?

Please see the Submittal Requirements Checklist in our Information Library or visit our permits page.

Zoning

How can I find out what a property is zoned?

You can call the office main line to find out what a property is zoned, provided that you have either an address or Parcel ID/Tax ID number. Or, you can use Peoria County's GIS map to find the zoning of a property.

How do I file a petition for a Zoning Board of Appeals case?

Call the office to schedule an appointment with one of our planners. They will be happy to assist you with the process from start to finish.

What do I do if I cannot meet the property setback or size requirements for my building?

Please call the office to schedule a consultation with one of our planners. They will be happy to assist you in determining whether you need a variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals. They will also assist you with filing the variance petition.

What do I do if I want to split or combine a piece of property?

Each case is unique when it comes to splitting and combining property. Please call the office to discuss your intentions with one of our planners to determine what you will need to do.

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