Description of the Building & Zoning Department
The Building & Zoning Department maintains the public safety and welfare of the City's physical structures and property by enforcing building construction codes, life-safety codes, property maintenance codes, accessibility codes, zoning codes, and conducting universal residential occupancy inspections. The Department is involved in all proceedings before, during, and after demolition. Also, the Department assigns address numbers for new construction.
The Building & Zoning Department is part of the Development & Housing Department. For more information on the Development & Housing Department, please click here.
To view a copy of the City's Zoning Map, please click here.
Permits and Forms
The Department issues permits for building, demolition, electrical, plumbing, signage, occupancy, agent authorization, and restoration of services. To download applications for these permits, please click the appropriate icon on the right side of this page.
The Department issues citations for ordinance violations including weeds, junk, trash, derelict vehicles, property maintenance violations, exterior and interior violations, and similar violations. The Department sends citations to court and make court appearances.
Boards and Commissions
The Department handles the following Boards and Commissions:
City Plan Commission
Zoning Board of Appeals
Building Board of Appeals
Historic Preservation Commission
For more information on the previously mentioned Boards and Commissions, please click on the appropriate Board or Commission.
The Department also reviews plans for new construction and renovations.
The Department conducts
inspections of occupancy, new and existing structures, electrical,
plumbing, signs, fire damaged structures, and demolitions.
101 E Third Street
Alton, IL 62002
Monday - Friday
8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.