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The Home Occupation section of the Zoning Ordinance allows some types of businesses in residential areas. It is advisable to contact be made with the Zoning Office at 779-348-7158 prior to beginning any such endeavor.
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In the interest of your health, safety, and welfare, permits allow the enforcement of codes which have been adopted by law by the State or City through plan review and inspections of your project. If the construction or remodeling in your home or business does not comply with code requirements, your investment and your health, safety, and welfare may be reduced. City of Rockford inspectors and plans examiners are trained and certified through a nationally recognized certification program for the duties they perform. Because of training and occupation, inspectors and plans examiners maintain current and specialized knowledge of code requirements, unlike any other profession.
42 inches below grade.
30 per square foot.
No more than 2 layers of any kind of roofing, other than wood shake, slate, clay or cement, which permit only 1 layer.
Construction documents provide details of equipment and systems to be installed. Review of documents allows determination if code requirements will be met before construction begins. Modifications to documents requires less time and is less expensive than revisions to completed installations.
Detached single family dwellings and two family dwellings of wood frame construction not more than two stories plus a basement in height are not required to have construction documents prepared by a design professional. New construction (including additions) for all other types of structures are required by State law to have construction documents prepared, sealed, signed and dated by an Illinois licensed design professional. Alterations and change of use/occupancy in other than 1 and 2 family dwelling projects that result in a life safety or structural change are required by State law to have construction documents prepared, sealed, signed and dated by an Illinois licensed design professional.
The model codes adopted by the City of Rockford are written on the national level by not-for-profit model code agencies, some of which were established prior to 1900. Generally, every three years new issues of model codes are published after thousands of code changes are proposed by any concerned person (even you) and then discussed at public hearings, voted upon and incorporated into new code text. Generally within 1 to 2 years of new model code publication, the City of Rockford reviews these codes with up to 7 volunteer committees composed of local members of the design, ownership, and building construction industry. Based on these reviews, the committees contribute to what is referred to as local amendments that are adopted as City Ordinance. The amendments modify, clarify, add or reduce requirements of the model codes to address local conditions or practices.
Yes, if they reside in the single family dwelling, otherwise the work must be performed by a licensed plumbing contractor.
Yes, if they reside in the single family dwelling, otherwise the work must be performed by a licensed mechanical contractor.
Construction documents provide details of equipment and systems to be installed. Review of documents allows determination if some code requirements will be met before construction begins. Modifications to documents require less time and are less expensive than revisions to completed installations.
If the construction or remodeling of your home or business does not comply with code requirements, your investment and your health, safety, and welfare may be reduced. Work started without a permit is also subject to a fine that is substantially larger than the cost of a permit.
Permits are not required for:
Pay $25.00 or show proof of a license or registration with another Illinois municipality and complete an application at the Building Department.
Yes, if they reside in the single family dwelling, otherwise, work must be performed by a registered electrician.
Electrical permits are not required for: Minor repair work, including:
Yes, we do ask that you allow the landlord a reasonable amount of time to respond before we step in to investigate the needed repair.
Yes. Call Neighborhood Standards of the Community Development Department 779-348-7160.
Yes. All complaints are confidential. We never give any information as to who the complainant was. We may ask for your contact information in case we need further information, but that information is only used by the staff of Property Standards and the complaint will still be handled if you choose not to disclose that information.
An inspector examines the complaint and reviews the property in question. Once this has happened only the owner of record for the property can be given any further information regarding any violations.
A complaint can be filed by calling Neighborhood Standards of the Community Development Department 779-348-7160. If someone is inside of an abandoned/vacant house, call the Police Department at 815-966-2900 (non-emergency).
You can find the zoning of your property by looking at the City of Rockford Zoning Map or contacting the Zoning Office 779-348-7158.
A fence permit is required for new fences and the replacement or major repair of existing fence. Fence permits are required so that the property owner is protected from the costs and inconvenience of having to comply with the Ordinance after the fence has been constructed or repaired.