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Why do I need a permit?
Permits are required to ensure the owner that any work performed on their property has been done correctly and up to the applicable codes. We read about tragedies all the time where homes or businesses have been destroyed or lives have been lost due to faulty construction or installation. To ensure that everyone in the City of Pekin has a safe residence or business, the city codes require that all work be permitted and inspected.
What type of work requires a permit?
Permits are required for all electrical, plumbing, sewer, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning work. Other items that require permits include fences, sheds, new homes, home additions, decks, signs, and pools. If there is a question as to whether or not a permit is required, please call the Inspections Department at 309.282.0586.
Can I have a fence in my front yard?
Yes but it must meet the requirements established for front yard fences. Chain link style fences are not permitted in any front yard. Persons with corner lots must also adhere to the line of sight requirements when installing fences or shrubbery in front of their homes or businesses.
Why can't I park vehicles in my front yard or on city right of way?
Parking of vehicles (cars, trucks, trailers, boats, etc.) in yards or in the right of way is prohibited. All vehicles must be parked on a hard surface (concrete and asphalt are considered hard surfaces).
I need a permit for installing a new roof?
Yes, a roofing permit is required for the complete tear-off and replacement of shingles and for the installation of a second layer of shingles over an existing roof. There is also no permit required for the installation for siding, window and door replacement, or interior remodeling unless changes are being made to walls that would involve structural modifications or changes to plumbing or electrical items. If there is a question as to whether or not a permit is required, please call the Inspections Department at 309.282.0586.
Can I do the work myself?
Yes any homeowner can do work on his residence but a permit must still be obtained. The definition of homeowner is the person who owns and lives at the residence. Just because you own a building does not make you the homeowner. In the case of a commercial business, all work must be done by licensed/registered contractors. It is not permitted for anyone to do work on anyone else’s property unless they are licensed/registered with the City of Pekin Inspections Department.
How often can I have a Garage Sale?
No person or other entity may operate, conduct, manage or permit a Garage Sale upon his or its premises or other property under his or its control more often than four (4) times per calendar year. No Garage Sale may be continuted for more than three (3) consecutive days. No Garage Sale may be conducted before 7:00am or after 7:00pm. Signs advertising Garage Sales shall be subject to the following restrictions (click here for Code).
How can I get registered as an electrical HVAC or Sewer contractor?
There are two ways to get registered. One is to produce a license or registration from another town or to submit a request to get licensed in Pekin. First you must have sufficient experience and then you will be required to take a test and obtain a passing score. If you are a plumber, you must provide a copy of your current State of Illinois license. General Contractors are not required to become licensed in the City of Pekin.
Nuisances; Creating; Maintaining?
For the purposes of this Chapter, the word "nuisance" is defined to mean any condition or use of premises or of building exteriors which is detrimental to the property of others or which causes or tends to cause substantial diminution in the value of other property in the neighborhood in which such premises are located. This includes, but is not limited to, the keeping or the depositing on, or the scattering over the premises of, any of the following: See City Code here.
There is a Weed Lien on a piece of property? Click here for the Weed Ordinance.
Please call us at 309.478.5367. Click here for the city code regarding weeds.
Is a permit required for the installation of a swimming pool?
Yes, a permit is required for the installation of all swimming pools over 24 inches in depth. A swimming pool can only e located in the rear yard and a site plan must be provided with the permit application to verify that all required zoning setbacks are met. No swimming pool using electrical equipment may be constructed prior to obtaining an electrical permit. The application for the electrical permit shall be submitted with the application for a building permit.