The Building Department is charged with oversight of the development of land and with ensuring that when homes, businesses, factories or other facilities are built in Rock Island County, they comply with national, state and local codes that were written to protect the public's health and safety. The Building Department is the branch of County government that reviews development and building plans, approves how new facilities are tied into existing infrastructure. We also issue permits for building or remodeling homes, businesses and other structures. We also register contractors for a variety of trades workers engaged in construction in the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and related fields.
It is illegal to install, place or build within the right-of-way without the prior approval of the appropriate highway authority. Regardless of the type of right-of-way that exists for a given road, the highway authority must approve of any work performed within the right-of-way.
Inspectors are in the office from 8 am to 10 am and 3 pm to 4:30 pm.
If you contact your inspector before 10 am, we can typically come out the same day. This depends on the number of requests. No inspections will be scheduled after 10 am.
The two building inspectors split the county:
- Jorge Cruz - South of the Rock River and Edgewater addition
- Bill Latting - North of the Rock River and Plumbing Inspections
Find their contact information in the Staff Directory.
The Zoning Investigator is in the office the same time frame.
- How can I find you?
The Rock Island County Zoning and Building Office is located at 1504 Third Avenue, Rock Island IL, 61201, on the Third Floor. Office hours are from 8 to 10 am and 3 to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. From 10 am to 3 pm office staff is in the field.
- When is the best time to call?
The Building Inspectors' and Zoning Officials' normal office hours are between 7 and 10 am and 2:30 and 4:30 pm. Questions and permits should be made during the hours shown; otherwise, inspectors are in the field daily. Sorry for any inconvenience.
- What information do I need to obtain a building permit for my new home?
The plans you submit should have enough detail to allow someone with absolutely no knowledge of your project to be able to go build your project. Here are a few things you should have:
- Approval from Environmental Health, a division of the Rock Island County Health Department for a Septic System.
- A site Layout, Which is a simple drawing of where the structure will be located on the property, showing rough distances from property lines. The homeowner can do this; it does not need to be done by an architect.
- Two sets of blueprints.
- Engineered truss drawings, with a stamp from an Illinois-licensed engineer.
- A list of contractors (ex. Plumbing, Electrical, HVAC, etc
- Erosion control plan
- ResCheck, ComCheck, or equivalent method
Please remember that all of the Questions and Answers only apply to properties in Unincorporated Rock Island County. If you live in a city or village, please check with their Building Department for their rules and regulations.