Building Permits

Building Permits will not be required in these instances:

  • One-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet.
  • Fences 6 feet high or less. Please contact our Zoning Department 309.524.2050 for property line requirement questions.
  • Oil derricks.
  • Retaining walls which are not over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge or impounding Class I, II or III-A liquids.
  • Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5000 gallons and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2-to-1.
  • Sidewalks and driveways on private property less that 500 sq feet, not more than 30 inches above grade and not over any basement or story below and which are not part of an accessible route.
  • Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work.
  • Temporary motion picture, television and theater stage sets and scenery.
  • Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to a Group R3 occupancy, as applicable in Section 105.2 (9) of the 2012 International Building Code, which are less than 24 inches deep, do not exceed 5000 gallons, and are installed entirely above ground.
  • Shade cloth structures constructed for nursery or agricultural purposes and not including service systems.
  • Swings and other play ground equipment accessory to one- and two-family dwellings.
  • Movable cases, counters, and partitions not over 5 feet 9 inches.
  • Gutters and downspouts.