City of Pekin, IL


Planning & Zoning


Zoning is the way the City controls the physical development of land and the kinds of uses to which each individual property may be put. Zoning laws typically specify the areas in which residential, industrial, recreational or commercial activities may take place. For example, an R-1 residential zone might allow only single-family detached homes as opposed to duplexes or apartment complexes. On the other hand, a C-1 commercial zone might be zoned to permit only certain commercial or industrial uses in one jurisdiction, but permit a mix of housing and businesses in another jurisdiction. Besides restricting the uses that can be made of land and buildings, zoning laws also may regulate the dimensional requirements for lots and for buildings on property located within the city, the density of development, or even whether you can have certain animals. Some zoning ordinances also provide space for hospitals, parks, schools, and open space and still others protect places of historical significance within the community. In Pekin, zoning regulations are found in the City's Zoning Ordinance.

Petitions from property owners for site-specific modifications of the zoning regulations are typically referred to the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA).  The ZBA is authorized to grant variances from the adopted zoning code of the City to individual properties. Such variances are usually considered when enforcement of the zoning code would cause unnecessary hardships or practical difficulty.

If you have questions about rezoning, special uses or variances please contact the following person:
         Nic Maquet
         Building & Development Director
         Phone: 309-478-5370

Zoning Board of Appeals 

This board is made up of at least seven (7) citizens appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council to review and recommend action on special use, variance, and map amendment requests as well as other items of concern related to the City’s Zoning Code. The board’s decision is forwarded to the City Council for consideration but final determinations on all requests are made by the City Council. The Board of Appeals meets the second Wednesday of each month, as needed, at 5:00 PM in the Council Chambers of City Hall at 111 South Capitol Street.

For a request to be considered during an upcoming ZBA meeting, the petitioner must fully complete and submit an application along with the required filing fee as indicated on the application document at least twenty-one (21) calendar days prior to the ZBA meeting date. Due to legal publication requirements, late submissions cannot be accepted as the City would be unable to fulfill legal notice obligations. You can request a special use, variance, or map amendment (re-zoning or annexation) by completing the application located here, attaching site plans as specified in the application instructions, and mailing that packet along with the indicated filing fee made payable to the City of Pekin to:

City of Pekin
ATTN: Zoning Board of Appeals
111 S. Capitol Street
Pekin, IL 61554

Meeting Date

Deadline to Submit Application

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

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