Director of Community & Economic Development
Overview of Department Responsibilities
Welcome to the City of Freeport Community Development Department. Our department has responsibilities in several areas, including:
- Planning and Zoning Transportation
- Program Administration and Planning
- Nuisance and Code Violations
- Neighborhood Redevelopment
- Health and Environment
The Building Department is responsible for all building permits and contractor licensing. Please click here for Building Department forms such as Building Permits and Contractor Licensing. You can also apply for building permits online by creating an iWorQ account.
Building Permit Questions: 815.235.8202
Building Inspector: 815.656.0931
City of Freeport Adopted Building Codes:
- 2012 International Building Code
- 2012 International Residence Code for one and two family dwellings
- 2017 National Electric Code
- 2012 International Mechanical Code
- 2014 Illinois State Plumbing Code
- 2012 International Fire Code
- 2018 International Energy Conservation Code
- 2018 International Property Maintenance Code
- 2012 Fuel Gas Code
- 2012 International Existing Building Code
- Illinois Accessibility Code – Most Recent Version – 2018
Planning and Zoning
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 programs concerning floodplain and flood-way 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.
For recent updates: click here
Development Incentive Programs
We also manage 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.
To go to the Pretzel City Transit webpage on the City’s website: click here
For information on transportation administration please call 815.599.5804, to schedule a ride call 815.235.7433, or go to www.pretzelcitytransit.com
Solar PV Permits
The City of Freeport processes all residential rooftop solar PV permits in three business days or less once all required information is submitted.
Community Development City Hall Building 314 W. Stephenson St. Freeport, IL 61032
Monday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM