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What do I need a permit for?
Generally, any new construction requires a building permit which must be obtained prior to beginning construction. Projects that need a permit include, but are not limited to: decks, sheds (151 sq. ft. or more in area), garages, gazebos and other types of accessory structures (whether on a permanent foundation or not); dwellings; commercial and industrial buildings; additions to any building or structure.
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How much are Building Permits?
PLANNING & ZONING
BUILDING PERMIT & ASSOCIATED FEES
*ALL PAYMENTS ARE FINAL*
|Base Permit Fee – Residential||$30.00|
|Base Permit Fee – Commercial – Industrial||$50.00|
|Footing Inspection Permit - Before pouring of concrete||$30.00|
|Structure Inspection Permit||$30.00|
|Electrical Permit Rough-in||$30.00|
|Electrical Permit Final||$30.00|
|Plumbing Permit Rough-in||$30.00|
|Plumbing Permit Final||$30.00|
|Slab Foundation with plumbing||$30.00|
|Basement with finished standard or recreational style||$30.00|
|In ground Pool|
|Special Use Hearing||$250.00|
NOTE: THE ABOVE STEPS MUST BE FOLLOWED IN THEIR ORDER OF LISTING AND EACH MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE NEXT INSPECTION IS STARTED.
**IF CONSTRUCTION IS STARTED WITHOUT A PERMIT BEING OBTAINED, ABOVE FEES WILL DOUBLE**
Does a building permit expire?
Yes. Permits are good for 12 months from the issue date. If no construction is started within 12 months then you will need to renew the permit. Permit renewal is $30 for residential and $50 for commercial. If you have any questions, please call 217-728-7922.
What are setbacks?
The distance (measured in feet), a house or structure must be from the front, side and rear property lines. See the setback chart located under the Zoning Tab for specific setbacks in your district.
How do I know what is allowed in my Zoning District?
See the permissible uses chart under the Zoning Tab or you can call 217-728-7922 and I am happy to help you.
How do I know what my property is Zoned?
You can call 217-728-7922 and I am happy to help you.
Do I need a permit to put a new roof, siding, or replacement windows on/in my home?
No. Permits are not generally required for these improvements.
Do I need a permit to tear down a building on my property?
Yes. Demo permits are $10 and can obtained in the Planning and Zoning office or they can be found in the documents online and mailed with the payment or brought into the Planning & Zoning office.
What if I want to build closer to my property line than is allowed or use my property or building for a use not allowed in my zoning district?
You will need to contact the Planning & Zoning Office to discuss this. A Special Use or Variance hearing will likely be required, and I can explain that process and the fees associated with it to you.
If I live in town, are the Ordinances different than what the County has?
Yes. Each town or village that is incorporated will have their own Ordinances. Incorporated towns and villages in Moultrie County include: Allenville, Arthur, Bethany, Dalton City, Gays, Lovington & Sullivan. If you aren’t sure if you are in city limits, please call either the town or village or you may call the Planning & Zoning office and I will be happy to help you.
How do I find my property lines?
The Planning & Zoning Office does not locate or mark property lines. You will need to have a Licensed Professional Land Surveyor come out for an official marking. However, you can try to locate your pins with a metal detector if you have one available.
Does the county enforce Covenants or Deed restrictions?
No. Many of the subdivisions in the county are subject to covenants and deed restrictions which regulate the use of property beyond the limitations contained in the county's ordinances. These covenants and deed restrictions are private agreements between property owners and are not enforced by the county.
Do I need a permit for a building on skids?
Yes, if it is 151 sq. ft. or more. If you need more information as to why, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions under the Assessment Office page.
Can I change the Zoning of my property?
You must request a Rezoning hearing. That can be done at the Planning & Zoning Office. Please call the Office for more information on how to do that and the fees associated with it.
How do I find my PIN (Permanent Index Number)?
This will be located on your property tax bill. You may call the Planning & Zoning Office or the County Assessment Office for help.
So your home is in a floodplain, what does that mean for you?
Have you checked with your local Planning and Zoning Director to see where in the floodplain your home is? If your answer is no, then you should call 217-728-7922 and speak with the Moultrie County Planning and Zoning Director, Kristi Hart. You can also email her at email@example.com. She will try her best to help you.
Now some people like to do research before contacting county officials. For floodplain information, we suggest that you check out the Federal Flood Hazard Regulations page on our website. Click here to visit that page. You may also wish to read the Moultrie County Ordinance Regulating Development in Special Flood Hazard Areas.
You may have questions, or need clarification, after visiting any of this information. We encourage you to call, email, or even come in, so that your questions can be answered.
Does my building need inspected and who do I call for an inspection?
Yes. If you have a permit, the inspections you are required to have will have been marked on the fee schedule. It is the homeowner or contractors responsibility to call for inspections.
Please contact Jef Liddiard at 217-295-0925 for an inspection. He is available M-F from 8:30 - 4:30 to set up your inspection. Please give 48 hours notice when an inspection is needed.