Building Safety

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.