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Community Development Department

Jim Brown, Community Development Director

Community Development
City Hall Building
524 W. Stephenson St, Ste 330
Freeport, IL 61032

Phone: 815- 235-8202
Email: view link

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

For information and forms relating to building department, please see link to: Building Department

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

Demolition Projects - Please browse the projects completed as a commitment to the Mayor's draft Public Safety Plan

Freeport Riverfront Renewal Project Kick-Off

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Open House 5:00 – 5:30 pm and 7:00 – 7:30 pm
Community meeting and conversation 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Freeport Public Library

Please join us as we kick off the next phase of Riverfront neighborhood renewal!

The Jane Addams Trail is nearly complete. The next phase of the Pecatonica Prairie Trail is funded and will be built in 2016. The City has funding to build a shelter, restrooms, lighting, and other trailhead amenities at Tutty's Crossing and is planning for construction in the  near future. Two of the five Rawleigh buildings are in private ownership and being redeveloped. A third is planned for a multi-modal station – and the City has funding for architecture and engineering to move it to the next step. Pretzel City Kitchen – a place for budding food entrepreneurs to make their start – is in the beginning stages of implementation. Work continues to assess and clean up brownfields properties, remove blighted properties and rehabilitate buildings in the City's riverfront neighborhoods.

There is still much to be done, and we hope you'll want to be part of the plans to continue neighborhood renewal in the City's 3rd Ward, at the Rawleigh Complex, Downtown, on the East Side, and along the Riverfront. Please join us on February 4 to hear about progress to date and weigh in on what you believe are the most important next steps.

For more information, please contact Jim Brown at (815) 235-8202 or .

Document Name Document
Vacant Property Registration Presentation from the Committee of the Whole meeting on August 11, 2014 view link
Vacant Property Ordinance as approved by the Corporate Authorities on September 2, 2014 view link
Rental Property Registration Progress Report by Rental Property Registration Specialists in Community Development and Police Department as presented August 11, 2014 view link CD
view link PD
Freeport RPA Meadows TIF Public Draft 07/17/2014 view link
Business Start-Up Brochure view link
Contractor Licensing -- 2014 Letter and Application Forms view link
Comprehensive Plan for City of Freeport Illinois view link
Downtown Building Exterior Grant Program
see below link to HPC Certificate of Appropriateness
view link
Forms - Community Development/Building Department view link
Freeport Station Website - vision for the future view link
Historic Preservation Commission - Certificate of Appropriateness (must be completed for Downtown Building Exterior Grant Program) view link
Redevelopment - Meadows TIF Redevelopment Plan view link
Redevelopment - Rawleigh Redevelopment Plan view link
Redevelopment - West Avenue Project Plan view link
Rental Property Regulation view link
Stephenson County Illinois Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan
November 20, 2008
view link


Overview of Department Responsibilities

Welcome to the City of Freeport Community Development Department. Our department has responsibilities in several areas, including:

  • Planning and Zoning
  • Transportation Program Administration and Planning
  • Nuisance and Code Violations
  • Neighborhood Redevelopment
  • Health and Environment

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