City of Freeport, Illinois


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City Engineer - Building Department

Shaun Gallagher
City Engineer/ Building Commissioner
Phone: 815-297-1166
Email: Shaun Gallagher

Building Permits:
Building Permit
view link

City Hall Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday

City Engineer/Building Dept.
City Hall Building, Suite 330
524 W. Stephenson Street
Freeport, IL 61032

For building permit questions, please call: 815-235-8202
For the building inspector, please call: 815-599-5807

City Engineer/Building Department links:

Document Name PDF of Document
2013 Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) Street Program view link
2013 Sidewalk Program Overview and Forms to Complete view link
Administration Generally - Chapter 1440 Building Department view link
Bid Documents and Projects view link
Business Start-Up Brochure view link
Contractor Licensing 2013 Application view link
Contractor License Listing view link
Comprehensive Plan for City of Freeport Illinois view link
Dangerous & Unsafe Buildings - Chapter 1456 Codified Ordinances view link
International Building Code - Chapter 1420 Codified Ordinances view link
Illinois Plumbing Code - Chapter 1422 Codified Ordinances view link
National Electrical Code - Chapter 1424 Codified Ordinances view link
International Mechanical Code - Chapter 1426 Codified Ordinances view link
International Existing Building Code - Chapter 1429 Codified Ordinances view link
Fees and Permits - Chapter 1442 Codified Ordinances view link
Forms for Building Department view link
Licensing required search on the word - Contractors view link
Permits and Fees - Chapter 1442 Codified Ordinances view link
Redevelopment - Rawleigh Redevelopment Plan view link
Redevelopment - West Avenue Project Plan view link
Stephenson County Illinois Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan
November 20, 2008
view link



WHEN DO WE NEED A BUILDING PERMIT? Effective May 16, 2011, no permit will be required for minor repairs or alterations which do not involve structural changes, installation of new units or connections and which do not exceed $1,500 in cost. Please note that this change does not apply to plumbing, electrical, or HVAC work, which still require permits for smaller jobs. Please follow this link to forms on the website.


Effective May 16, 2011, work performed for tax supported or tax exempt organizations is no longer exempt from the payment of a permit fee under the Building Code.


The Department of Administrative Hearings was created to adjudicate civil and ordinance violations cited by city inspectors and officers. The Hearings Administrator presides at hearings and determines if a code violation exists; hears testimony from inspectors, property owners and others; maintains records of hearings; and issues written findings and decisions. To contact the Hearing Administrator, please call Legal Department at (815) 235-8205 for schedule of hearings.


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Freeport City Hall
524 W. Stephenson St.
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-8200 or 815-235-8203