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Building Permit Information

New Construction Residential

Addition & Accessory Residential

New Construction Commercial/Industrial

Enterprise Zone Supplement Application

Office Hours: M-F 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 309.444.1122
Fax: 309.444.9779

Building & Zoning Supervisor
Becky Holmes
bholmes@ci.washington.il.us

Building Inspector
Wally King

Mailing Address
City of Washington
301 Walnut Street
Washington, IL 61571

Adopted Building Codes: 2012 International Building & Residential Code (IBC & IRC)
Adopted Mechanical Code: 2012 International Mechanical Code
Adopted Electrical Code: Current National Electrical Code (NEC)
Adopted Plumbing Code: Current Illinois Plumbing Code
Adopted National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Code: 101 Life Safety Code, 2006 Edition
(Copies are available at City Hall for viewing)

The Planning & Development Department issues building permits for all structural improvements to buildings or properties within Washington's city limits. Most permits are issued during your visit while you wait. Complicated projects such as new construction require up to 48 hours for review prior to permit issuance.

Building permits are issued for a period of six (6) months with an option to renew if construction continues. the building permit and inspection process enables City staff to review project compliance with locally adopted codes and regulations.

The list below includes many common building projects for which a building permit is, or is not, required. If your project is not listed please contact the Building & Zoning Supervisor at the phone number or email address above to see if a building permit is required.

A building permit IS required for: A building permit IS NOT required for:
New home or business construction Roofing, non-structural
Building additions Siding or guttering
Water or sewer service work Window or door installation
Truss or structural support work Interior remodeling, non-structural
Accessory structures including garages, sheds, or carports Swing sets and jungle gyms
Porches or decks Patios or walkways at grade level
Satellite dishes, located in front or side yard or on roof Satellite dishes, located in rear yard - (size restrictions apply)
Fences Driveway replacement, non-streetside
Driveway approaches, streetside Swimming pools - inflatable or temporary
Swimming pools - permanent Sport courts
Signs Flagpoles
Telecommunication towers & radio antennae Mailboxes

NEW CONSTRUCTION - RESIDENTIAL

Adopted Building Code: 2012 International Residential Code (IRC)
Adopted Mechanical Code: 2012 International Mechanical Code
Adopted Electrical Code: Current National Electrical Code (NEC)
Adopted Plumbing Code: Current Illinois Plumbing Code
Adopted National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Code: 101 Life Safety Code, 2006 Edition
(Copies are available at City Hall for viewing)

What to Bring
  • Site Plan (a scaled drawing showing property boundaries, proposed buildings and improvements (including driveway location and width), and setbacks from buildings to property lines). Example. Be sure you are aware of any easements, including utilities, that may be on your property. JULIE may be contacted at 1.800.892.0123 if you are in need of assistance.
  • Complete set of Construction Plans (a scaled drawing showing size & depth of footing/foundation; dimensioned floor plan; plan elevations, electrical plan; and plumbing plan). Plan must include: window brand; rise & run of stairs; roof type; and floor joist type.
  • Completed Residential Building Permit Application

After the site plan, construction plans, and information form are submitted a plan review will be completed for the construction. Permits are generally issued the following business day.

Zoning Setback Requirements - New Home and Addition Construction

Note that the side yard measurements in the table below must be taken from the overhang of the structure and all other measurements in the table are made from the structure wall.
Be sure to check restrictive covenants within the subdivision you are building - their front yard setback may be greater than 25'

Zoning District Front Yard Side Yard Rear Yard Distance Between Structures Lot Coverage Floor Area Ratio
R-1
(1 & 2 family)
25' *See Below 20' **w/exception 10' 40% 50%
R-2
(2 & Multi family)
25' * See Below 20' **w/exception 10' 60% 140%

* Each not less than five (5) feet from the facia (overhang) of the building to the lot line, and the sum of the two (2) side yards shall not be less than twelve (12) feet. For zero lot line duplexes in R-1, only one (1) side yard of nine (9) feet need be provided for each dwelling unit, and on a corner lot, there shall be two (2) front yards of not less than twenty-five (25) feet facing each of the streets. For zero lot line duplexes in R-2, each side yard shall have not less than five (5) feet from the facia (overhang) of the building to the lot line, and the sum of the two (2) side yards shall not be less than twelve (12) feet.
** Each not less than 20', but in no event less than 20% of the depth of the lot.

  What Fees to Expect

Building Permit Fees: $20 filing fee plus $2 for every $1,000 in estimated R.S. Means construction value (R.S. Means construction value is calculated using the most recent edition of the R.S. Means Square Foot Costs manual). If construction commences without a valid building permit, the above fee shall be doubled. Only property owners or an authorized agent can sign the permit application. Construction value is in no way associated with the assessed value of the property.

Water and Sewer Fees: $415 Water Connection Fee, $4,317 Sewer Connection Fee, $500 Water Construction Fee ($400 of said fee shall be reimbursed based on the following: that a passing meter inspection is made by city personnel prior to the installation of the lawn (sod or seed) and/or landscaping at the subject property. In the event that a passing meter inspection is not achieved prior to the installation of the lawn and landscaping, the $400 reimbursable fee shall be forfeited. A $50 charge will be deducted from the $400 reimbursable fee and retained by the city for each and every water meter re-inspection needed), and $140 Water Meter Fee.

Reimbursable Inspection Fees: $100 water/sewer connection, $100 footing/foundation, $100 framing, and $100 final. All fees for which an inspection call has been made are reimbursed upon the final inspection of the project. If more than one re-inspection of the initial noted corrections is required, the inspection fee for that phase will be forfeited. If final inspection is not made prior to occupancy, the entire $400 will be forfeited.

What Inspections to Expect

The property owner must notify the City for one (1) water/sewer/sump inspection. No excavations may be filled nor any connections made without a City inspection.

It is the owner's responsibility to notify the City during normal business hours, at least one (1) business day (twenty-four hours) in advance of the following three (3) phases of construction:

  • Prior to pouring concrete or setting block for the foundation and prior to backfill. Principal items to be inspected include the setbacks, footing and foundation widths and depths, reinforcing steel, and foundation drainage.
  • Prior to covering over the framing and roughed-in electrical and plumbing. Principal items to be inspected include the frame, floor joists, firestopping, roof trusses, and roughed-in electrical wiring, circuits and grounding. Roughed-in plumbing will be viewed and if questioned the State Plumbing Inspector will be contacted. This inspection is done prior to exterior siding installation.
  • Upon completion of the building or structure and before the issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy. Principal items to be inspected include a final check of the structure, interior and exterior walls, roof, operability of fixtures and equipment, and final electrical inspection of conductors, lighting and receptacles, circuits and water meter installation.

A license is required for electricians. In order to obtain a certificate of registration to install electrical equipment an electrician can submit a current license issued by any of the following communities: Peoria, IL, Bloomington, IL, Springfield, IL, Decatur, IL, Pekin, IL, Ottawa, IL, Joliet, IL, or any other Illinois testing community upon verification by the city building official. Upon receipt, the City will issue an electrical certificate of registration.

Inspections focus only upon the work which is the subject of the Building Permit.

ACCESSORY STRUCTURE - RESIDENTIAL


Adopted Building Code: 2012 International Residential Code (IRC)
Adopted Mechanical Code: 2012 International Mechanical Code
Adopted Electrical Code: Current National Electrical Code (NEC)
Adopted Plumbing Code: Current Illinois Plumbing Code
Adopted National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Code: 101 Life Safety Code, 2006 Edition
(Copies are available at City Hall for viewing)

What to Bring
  • Site Plan (a dimensioned drawing showing property boundary dimensions, existing and proposed buildings and improvements, dimensions of all buildings, and distances or setbacks from buildings to property lines). Example.
  • Name, address, and phone number of property owner and contractor. Be sure you are aware of any easements, including utilities, that may be on your property. JULIE may be contacted at 1.800.892.0123 if you are in need of assistance.
  • Completed Accessory Building Permit Application.

Building permits for this type of construction are generally issued while you wait.

What Fees to Expect

Building Permit Fee: $20 filing fee plus $2 for every $1,000 in estimated material construction value. With the exception to permits issued for pools, fences, and storage sheds under 200 square feet, the above fee shall be no less than $40. If construction commences without a valid building permit, the above fee shall be doubled. Only property owners or an authorized agent can sign the permit application.

Zoning Setback and Size Requirements - Accessory Structure Residential

Size Requirements: The aggregate ground floor area of all accessory structures on any single lot up to ½ acre in size shall not exceed the lessor of: 1) 1,200 square feet; or 2) the ground floor area of the principal structure on the property. The aggregate ground floor area of all accessory structures on any single lot greater than ½ acre in size shall not exceed the following limitations: 1) lot size up to 1 acre = 1,600 square feet; 2) lot size larger than 1 acre up to 2 acres = 2,000 square feet; and 3) lot size larger than 2 acres = no limit. Note on Total Lot Coverage: Total lot coverage for all structures (includes the principal structure) on the property cannot exceed 40% in the R-1 zoning district and 60% in the R-2 zoning district.

Setback Requirements:

Zoning District Side Yard 
(taken from overhang)
Rear Yard 
(taken from overhang)
Distance Between Structures (taken from building wall)
R-1
(1 & 2 family)
5' 5' 10'
R-2
(2 & Multi family)
5' 5' 10'

Inspections

It is the owner's responsibility to notify the City during normal business hours, at least one (1) business day (twenty-four hours) in advance of the following phases of construction:

  • Prior to pouring concrete or setting block for the foundation and prior to backfill.  Principal items to be inspected include the setbacks, footing and foundation widths and depths, reinforcing steel, and foundation drainage.
  • Prior to covering over the framing and roughed-in electrical and plumbing.  Principal items to be inspected include the frame, floor joists, firestopping, roof trusses, and roughed-in electrical wiring, circuits and grounding.  Roughed-in plumbing will be viewed and if questioned the State Plumbing Inspector will be contacted.  This inspection is done prior to exterior siding installation.
  • Upon completion of the building or structure and before the issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy.  Principal items to be inspected include a final check of the structure, interior and exterior walls, roof, operability of fixtures and equipment, and final electrical inspection of conductors, lighting and receptacles, circuits and water meter installation.

Inspection Requirements Based on Type of Construction

Room Addition  

All three phases mentioned above

Storage sheds under
200 sq. feet  

No footing required - Final inspection only

Storage sheds over
200 sq. feet  

Footing required - Footing & Final inspection only

Garages  

Footing & Final inspection - Framing only if interior walls are covered

Decks/Porches  

Footing & Final inspection only

Swimming Pools  

Final inspection

Fences  

No inspection required

Inspections focus only upon the work which is the subject of the Building Permit.  Inspectors will review the building to determine compliance with the 2006 International Residential Code.  Copies are available for review at City Hall.

NEW CONSTRUCTION - COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL

Adopted Building Code:  2012 International Building Code (IBC)
Adopted Mechanical Code:  2012 International Mechanical Code 
Adopted Electrical Code:  Current National Electrical Code (NEC)
Adopted Plumbing Code:  Current Illinois Plumbing Code
Adopted National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Code:  101 Life Safety Code, 2006 Edition
(Copies are available at City Hall for viewing)

What to Bring - Site Plan, Four (4) sets of Construction Plans (one reduced set), Landscaping Plan, Stormwater Drainage Plan where applicable, and names, addresses, phone numbers of Contractor, Excavator (must have current bond with the City), Electrician (must be registered with the City), Plumber, and Concrete Contractor.

  • Site Plan (a scaled drawing showing property boundaries, proposed buildings and improvements (including driveway location and width), and distances or setbacks from buildings to property lines). Be sure you are aware of any easements, including utilities, that may be on your property. JULIE may be contacted at 1.800.892.0123 if you are in need of assistance.
  • Complete set of Construction Plans (a scaled drawing showing size & depth of footing/foundation; dimensioned floor plan; plan elevations, electrical plan; plumbing plan; IBC occupancy classification, construction type, and distance to existing buildings if under 30'. Building to meet Key Lock Box System ordinance; Building Code, Chapter 160.010. Plans must be sealed by a registered design professional.
  • For commercial and industrial developments, all applications for building permits must comply in all respects to the stormwater control provisions of the Subdivision Code, including, but not by way of limitation, §152.002(C), §152.016, and §152.024, as amended from time to time.
  • Completed Commerical Building Permit Application.

Zoning Front Yard Side Yard Rear Yard Distance Between Structures Lot Coverage Floor Area Ratio
C-1
(Commercial Office)
40' 10' if abutting residential 20' - - 80%
C-2
(Commercial Retail)
0' 10' if abutting residential 20' - - 100%
C-3 (Commercial Service) 0' 10' if abutting residential 20'
*** w/exception
- - 120%
I-1
(Industrial)
25' 10'
**** w/exception
20' - - 200%

*** Where the rear yard adjoins another business property and where loading and unloading space is located elsewhere on the property, and where the building is not more than one story in height the rear yard may be reduced five feet.
**** When adjoining a residence district any side yard shall not be less than 25'.

What Fees to Expect

Building Permit Fees: $20 filing fee plus $2 for every $1,000 in estimated R.S. Means construction value (R.S. Means construction value is calculated using the most recent edition of the R.S. Means Square Foot Costs manual). If construction commences without a valid building permit, the above fee shall be doubled. Fees are reduced by 50% in the City's Enterprise Zone. Only property owners or an authorized agent can sign the permit application. Construction value is in no way associated with the assessed value of the property.

Water and Sewer Fees: Utility connection fees are charged per water meter and are determined by the size of water meter as follows:

Meter Size Water Connection Fee Meter Size Sewer Connection Fee
5/8 inch $415.00 5/8 inch $4,317.00
3/4 inch $620.00 3/4 inch $6,477.50
1 inch $1,035.00 1 inch $10,795.00
1-1/2 inch $2,070.00 1-1/2 inch $21,590.00
2 inch $3,310.00 2 inch $34,544.00
Larger Sizes Prorated by continuous flow capacity of meter Larger Sizes Prorated by continuous flow capacity of meter

$140 (5/8-inch) Water Meter Fee, and $500 Water Construction Fee ($400.00 of said fee shall be reimbursed on the following: that a passing meter inspection is made by city personnel prior to the installation of the lawn (sod or seed) and/or landscaping at the subject property. In the event that a passing meter inspection is not achieved prior to the installation of the lawn and landscaping, the $400 reimbursable fee shall be forfeited. A $50 charge will be deducted from the reimbursable fee and retained by the City for each and every water meter re-inspection needed). Water and Sewer connection fees reduced by 50% in the City's Enterprise Zone.

Reimbursable Inspection Fees: $100 water/sewer, $100 footing/foundation, $100 framing, and $100 final. All fees for which an inspection call has been made are reimbursed upon the final inspection of the project. If more than one re-inspection of the initial noted corrections is required, the inspection fee for that phase will be forfeited. If final inspection is not made prior to occupancy, the entire $400 will be forfeited.

What Inspections to Expect

The property owner must notify the City for one (1) water/sewer/sump inspection. No excavations may be filled nor any connections made without a City inspection.

It is the owner's responsibility to notify the City during normal business hours, at least one (1) business day (twenty-four hours) in advance of the following three (3) phases of construction:

  • Prior to pouring concrete or setting block for the foundation and prior to backfill. Principal items to be inspected include the setbacks, footing and foundation widths and depths, reinforcing steel, and foundation drainage.
  • Prior to covering over the framing and roughed-in electrical and plumbing. Principal items to be inspected include the frame, floor joists, firestopping, roof trusses, and roughed-in electrical wiring, circuits and grounding. Roughed-in plumbing will be viewed and if questioned the State Plumbing Inspector will be contacted. This inspection is done prior to exterior siding installation.
  • Upon completion of the building or structure and before the issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy. Principal items to be inspected include a final check of the structure, interior and exterior walls, roof, operability of fixtures and equipment, and final electrical inspection of conductors, lighting and receptacles, circuits and water meter installation.

A license is required for electricians. In order to obtain a certificate of registration to install electrical equipment an electrician can submit a current license issued by any of the following communities: Peoria, IL, Bloomington, IL, Springfield, IL, Decatur, IL, Pekin, IL, Ottawa, IL, Joliet, IL, or any other Illinois testing community upon verification by the city building official. Upon receipt, the City will issue an electrical certificate of registration.

Inspections focus only upon the work which is the subject of the Building Permit.

 
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