The City of Chillicothe has adopted Building Codes and will go into effect on September 1, 2017

A building permit is required for Residential and Commercial new construction, additions and alterations, Swimming pools, fences, signs, accessory buildings (i.e. sheds, garages), decks and porches.  Inspections will be required.
A demolition permit is required to demolish a building/structure

A completed permit application and drawing showing all structures with dimensions and setbacks must be submitted to City Hall at 908 N. Second St., Chillicothe, IL  61523 and a permit obtained before the start of construction.

All Commercial development and residential subdivisions must follow the City Ordinance requireing detention.  New Developments are required to provide storm water control plans and the plans are reviewed and approved prior to issuance of building permits. 
See Section 38, Article III Stornwater Detention of the City Code 

The application, checklist and construction guidelines may be downloaded from the links below.
Building Permit Application
Trade Permits

International Building Code Adopted 
Checklist for New Single Family Dwellings and Duplexes
Detached Garage Detail
Deck Guidelines

Swimming Pool Application
Fence Application
Demolition Application

For question regarding zoning ordinances contact our Zoning Administrator Denise Passage.


The City of Chillicothe has created an enterprise zone.  Should you build in the enterprise zone there are some incentives that may apply,
such as Sales Tax Exemption and Property Tax Abatements.
   For more information please contact Amanda Beadles, Economic Development Director at (309) 274-3107 or email her at abeadles@mediacombb.net.

The application and enterprise zone ordinance may be downloaded from the links below.
Project Information Form & Application
Enterprise Zone Ordinance

To obtain a variance you will need to complete a building permit application and a variance application   
Schedule of Hearing dates

Zoning Administrator
Denise Passage
908 N. 2nd Street
Chillicothe, IL 61523
P:(309) 274-5056
F:(309) 274-4853