Community & Economic Development Department

Building Department, Contractor, Rental Registration, and Development Forms

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

Building Department
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

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.

Administrative Hearings
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.

Development Incentive Programs
We also manage development incentive programs, including the City Enterprise Zone and Tax Increment Financing Districts.

Transit
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.

Floodplain/Flood-Way Administration
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.

Pretzel City Kitchens
Visit this site to learn about  a planned commercial kitchen in Freeport, Illinois designed to grow the regional food economy in the Illinois-Wisconsin state-line area: www.pretzelcitykitchens.org.

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

Opening hours

  • Monday
    8:00 AM - 5:00 AM
  • Tuesday
    8:00 AM - 5:00 AM
  • Wednesday
    8:00 AM - 5:00 AM
  • Thursday
    8:00 AM - 5:00 AM
  • Friday
    8:00 AM - 5:00 AM
  • Saturday
    Closed
  • Sunday
    Closed
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