Building & Zoning

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.

Ordinance Violations

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.

Dawn Voss
Zoning Inspector

101 E Third Street
Room 202
Alton, IL  62002
PH:   618.463.3533
FAX: 618.463.0972

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Click here to view the City's Ordinances

Click here to view an Alarm Permit Application.

Click here to view a Mechanical Permit

Click here to view a Building Permit Application

Click here to view a Plumbing Permit Application

Click here to view Housing Code General Information

Click here to view Electrical Permit Information

Click here to view a Sign Permit Application

Click here to view an Agent Authorization Form

Click here for a Freedom of Information Act Request Form

Click here for a Special Use Permit and Re-Zoning Application

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