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Building Inspector - Chris Covert 
Phone: (815) 223-2980
Fax: (815) 223-9508

Hours: 8:00 AM4:00 PM Mon., Tues, Weds, Thurs. & Fri. 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Building Inspector's office is located on the second floor of City Hall in the northeast corner, room


What We Do

Our most frequent customers are building owners, developers, architects, engineers and members of the construction industry. Anyone who intends to demolish, alter, build an addition or erect a new structure must obtain a building permit from the City to ensure that the resulting house, loft, apartment, office, garage, house of worship or any other residential, commercial or industrial structure complies with all applicable laws.

Building permits are MANDATORY for new homes, additions, alterations, demolitions, garages, fences, storage sheds, decks, porch, sunrooms, canopies, signs, accessory buildings, in-ground and above-ground pools, some interior remodeling, new commercial buildings, changes in roof trusses, and fuel storage.

All buildings require an architect’s seal. We will accept a structural engineer’s seal in place of the architect’s seal in cases where the building is primarily a structural shell.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is a permit required?

Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure; or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system, or to cause any such work to be done.

Can I do my own work?

In certain situations, the homeowner is permitted to perform repairs on his/her residence; such repairs still need to be inspected and compliant with the current building code. Landlords who wish to make changes to wiring or plumbing are required by law and city ordinance to have a licensed plumber or electrician make those repairs.

When is a construction inspection required?

Construction inspections are required prior to covering or concealment, before fixtures are set and prior to framing inspection:

  • Foundation inspection
  • Plumbing
  • Mechanical
  • Gas
  • Electrical
  • Frame & masonry inspection -- after roof, masonry, all framing, firestopping, draftstopping, and bracing are in place, and after the plumbing, mechanical, and electrical rough inspections are approved)
  • Final inspection -- upon completion, and prior to occupancy

When is a building permit needed?

A building permit is needed for all new buildings and improvements to existing structures such as fence additions, decks, sheds, balconies, canopies, and awnings, swimming pools, garages, driveways, concrete patio slabs, temporary and permanent signs, carnivals, outdoor lighting, low voltage alarm, antenna, TV, CB, and Ham Radio systems.

How do I request and/or schedule an inspection?

To request an inspection by phone contact (815) 223-6344, you may leave a voice-mail with a call-back number, the address of the property to be inspected, and the permit number. The inspector will contact you with available times. Generally you should allow 72 hours from date of request to an inspection.

What forms of payment are accepted for permits?

Payments are accepted in the form of check, credit card or cash.

Residential Rental Program

There are three steps to licensing a rental property. More information is available by contacting Permits and Building at (815)223-6344 or (815)223-3755.

  • To apply for a rental property license you must first complete and return the "LICENSE APPLICATION FORM" (See Link to Right) to city hall including a $30.00 per dwelling unit inspection fee. Remember to make copies of each application form for your records.
  • After the application form has been verified and processed, the building inspector will contact you or your designated agent to schedule an inspection. 
  • Once the inspection is complete and assuming no violations have been found you may expect to receive a license in the mail within 12-14 days of the date of inspection.
  • Rental licenses are valid from October 1st to September 30th of each year.
  • Failure to obtain a license prior to renting a dwelling unit may result in additional fees.

To learn more about property maintenance, download LaSalle's Property Maintenance Guide (See Link to Right).