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Andrew Zupkoff
Director of Community & Economic Development


Community Development
City Hall Building
314 W. Stephenson St.
Freeport, IL 61032

Phone: 815-235-8202
Email: view link

City Hall Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday

For rental property registration view link


For building permit questions, please call: 815-235-8202
For the building inspector, please call: 815-656-0931


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Document Name Document
Rental Property Registration  
Rental Property Regulation view link
Rental Property Registration presentation February 23, 2015 view link
Rental Property Registration presentation August 11, 2014 view link CD
view link PD
Building Permit / Community Development Links  
Building Permit Information view link
Contractor List 2018 view link
Contractor Licensing -- Letter and Application Forms view link
Comprehensive Plan for City of Freeport Illinois view link
Demolition Projects view link
Downtown Accessibility Grant Application
view press release
view link
Downtown Streetscape Plan (November 2017) view link
Dumpsters, Trash Containers, Trailers, Construction Trailers or Equipment Used for Construction in Public Ways (Ordinance #2015-43 effective 10/2/2015) view link
Dumpster Letter mailed to contractors October 27, 2015 view link
Fences - Application Form and Frequently Asked Questions view link
Forms - Community Development/Building Department view link
Historic Preservation Commission - Certificate of Appropriateness (must be completed for Downtown
Building Exterior Grant Program
- view link)
view link
Riverfront Enterprise Area Plan and Implementation Strategy view link
Stephenson County Illinois Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan
Adopted August 15, 2016
view link
Vacant Property Registration Presentation from the Committee of the Whole meeting on August 11, 2014 view link
Vacant Property Ordinance as approved by the Corporate Authorities on September 2, 2014 view link
Redevelopment/Tax Increment Financing Plans  
Tax Increment Financing Areas view link
Redevelopment - Downtown TIF Redevelopment Plan view link
Redevelopment - Meadows TIF Redevelopment Plan view link
Redevelopment - West Avenue Project Plan view link


Overview of Department Responsibilities

Welcome to the City of Freeport Community Development Department. Our department has responsibilities in several areas, including:

  • Planning and ZoningTransportation Program Administration and PlanningNuisance and Code ViolationsNeighborhood Redevelopment
  • Health and Environment

For the building department information, please view link provided: Building Dept. In the Division of Planning and Zoning, we are responsible for administration and enforcement of the Zoning Code and representing the City at proceedings of the Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals. For information on planning and zoning, please call (815) 235-8221.

The Department of Administrative Hearings was created to adjudicate civil and ordinance violations cited by city inspectors and officers. The Hearings Administrator presides at hearings and determines if a code violation exists; hears testimony from inspectors, property owners and others; maintains records of hearings; and issues written findings and decisions. For a schedule of hearing dates, please call (815) 235-8202.

We also administer development incentive programs, including the City Enterprise Zone and Tax Increment Financing Districts.

In the Division of Transportation Program Administration and Planning, we develop and implement the City’s transportation programs. This includes administering the City’s 5311 Public Transportation Grant program. For information on transportation administration, please call (815) 599-5804 to schedule a ride, call (815) 235-7433.

We also administer programs concerning floodplain and floodway matters, including providing information and assistance to citizens about permit procedures and floodplain construction techniques; working with the Illinois Department of Natural Resource, Office of Water Resources, for all floodplain development projects; inspecting all development projects to ensure that they comply with the floodplain regulations; and cooperating with State and Federal floodplain management agencies. For information on floodplain management, please call (815) 235-8221.


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Freeport City Hall
314 W. Stephenson St.
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-8200 or 815-235-8203