Community Development Department
The City of Freeport recently enacted Chapter 876, Residential Rental Property Regulations into its Code of Ordinances. Section 876.06 of this Chapter contains certain requirements regarding rental agreements. This file (view link) contains 1) a checklist to assist landlords and local agents in achieving and maintaining compliance with these requirements; and 2) a copy of the Crime Free Lease Addendum required under the ordinance. To use the file in Word - view link
Following is a link to the rental property registration form for those landlords who would like to register “offline” or who want to get it done before we are ready for online registration - view link
All rental properties must be in compliance with the lease/rental agreement and registration provisions by April 1, 2014. The City of Freeport will mail information to rental property owners in advance of this date with further instructions on registering properties.
For information and forms relating to building department, please see link to: Building Department
For building permit questions, please call: 815-235-8202
2013 Year End Report of the City of Freeport
On Monday, January 13, 2014, Mayor James Gitz and department heads presented a report to the City Council summarizing 2013 City accomplishments. A full narrative report is expected in the coming weeks. Click here for a copy of the report presented to the City Council.
Overview of Department Responsibilities
Welcome to the City of Freeport Community Development Department. Our department has responsibilities in several areas, including:
For the building department information, please view link provided: Building Dept.
In the Division of Planning and Zoning, we are responsible for administration and enforcement of the Zoning Code and representing the City at proceedings of the Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals. For information on planning and zoning, please call (815) 235-8221.
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. For a schedule of hearing dates, please contact legal department at (815) 235-8205.
We also administer development incentive programs, including the City Enterprise Zone and Tax Increment Financing Districts.
In the Division of Transportation Program Administration and Planning, we develop and implement the City’s transportation programs. This includes administering the City’s 5311 Public Transportation Grant program. For information on transportation administration, please call (815) 599-5804.
In the Division of Neighborhood Redevelopment, we develop and implement housing programs that encourage home ownership among low and moderate income groups; encourage the building of new housing for low and moderate income groups; encourage new housing for the handicapped and for senior citizens; encourage the rehabilitation of housing; encourage the formation of community-based organizations that will strengthen neighborhoods; monitor the safety and adequacy of housing through code enforcement; and encourage lending and public and private investment within local neighborhoods. For information on neighborhood grant programs, please call (815) 599-5810.
We also administer programs concerning floodplain and floodway matters, including providing information and assistance to citizens about permit procedures and floodplain construction techniques; working with the Illinois Department of Natural Resource, Office of Water Resources, for all floodplain development projects; inspecting all development projects to ensure that they comply with the floodplain regulations; and cooperating with State and Federal floodplain management agencies. For information on floodplain management, please call (815) 235-8221.
In the Division of Health and Environment, we administer the City’s programs for the collection and transportation of solid waste, recyclable materials, and yard and landscape waste. In addition, we operate the City’s Municipal Landfill and Transfer Station.
It is our responsibility to implement and enforce any Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) or United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) statutes, rules or regulations, or procedures adopted by the City Council and the Mayor.
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