We aim to serve the public in a friendly and helpful way with service requests or information.
- Assist the public in defining and understanding the different codes in our office.
- Continue with an effective building permit inspection program.
- Make contact with contractors and the public during the construction phase of the project and answer any questions.
- Watch out for any projects that do not have a permit.
- Respond to the public in a timely manner if they have questions in reference to any part of our office requirements.
- Keep accurate records of all permits and inspections and be able to supply the City Administrator and City Council members with reports as needed.
- Advise the City Administrator and Mayor of any serious problems that may arise with the public or contractors.
Wade Woodward, Director of Zoning and Building Inspector
(309) 734-7590 • (309) 734-4943 (fax)
Prior to joining the City in 2015, Wade was in the trades for 27 years. A skilled carpenter, he has worked on creating everything from houses and churches to hospitals and entire subdivisions.
He is ICC (International Code Council)-certified and has passed exams in residential and commercial building, zoning inspectors, mechanical plans examiners, asbestos, and electrical
Wade is an avid fisherman and hunter and also enjoys SCUBA diving. He has been on dives in every one of the Great Lakes and further afield in places like Cozumel and the Cayman Islands.
Natalie Malone, Code Compliance Officer
(309) 734-7590 • (309) 734-4943 (fax)
Building Codes Adopted by City Ordinance
- 2012 INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE
- 2012 INTERNATIONAL RESIDENTIAL CODE FOR ONE & TWO FAMILY DWELLINGS
- 2012 INTERNATIONAL MECHANICAL CODE
- 2012 INTERNATIONAL FIRE PREVENTION CODE
- 2012 EXISTING BUILDING CODE
- 2012 INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE
- 2011 NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE
- ILLINOIS ACCESSIBILITY CODE
- 2004 ILLINOIS STATE PLUMBING CODE
- CITY OF MONMOUTH CODE OF ORDINANCES, as amended
Just a reminder: Before digging, call JULIE @ 1-800-892-0123 or 811 for buried utility locations.
Interactive Zoning Map
Our enhanced interactive Zoning Map is online. The ESRI-powered map is hosted at the GIS Center at Western Illinois University. It should be noted that this map is for informational purposes only; the zoning districts outlined on the map are not legally binding, since they are not precisely mapped to the individual property tract coordinates. If you have any specific questions about zoning district boundaries, please contact the Zoning Department.
Simply click on the image below to see the interactive zoning map.
Note: This map works well on smartphone and tablets and can access your device's internal GPS coordinates.
Change to Grease Trap Ordinance
The City Council approved Ordinance 16-022 on October 17, 2016. The ordinance, which went into force on October 31, 2016, aligns City code with the State of Illinois plumbing code. All establishments involved in the preparation of food for commercial purposes shall provide grease interceptors or traps (as required by State code). The full ordinance is attached below, along with an information document put together by the Zoning Office.
If you would like to learn more about fats, oils and grease management, click here to see information prepared by the National Restaurant Association.
If you would like a grease trap maintenance log for your business, please click here.
If you have any questions, please contact the Zoning Office at (309) 734-7590.
Zoning Board of Appeals
The Zoning Board of Appeals deals with variances, use variances, and special uses.
- If you cannot meet the setback requirements from the property line for a structure, you may request a variance.
- If you wish to cover more of your property than is allowed, you may request a variance.
- If you want to place a structure or business in a zone that it is not zoned for that business, you may request a use variance.
A special use permit is required to place a mobile home on a lot within the city of Monmouth. (exception: licensed trailer parks)
The application fee is $150 and is non-refundable. Applications can be picked up at City Hall.
The Zoning Board of Appeals meets the second Wednesday of each month when called.
The decision of the Zoning Board of Appeals is only a recommendation to the City Council. The final decision will be determined by the City Council at the next regularly scheduled meeting.
- Don Fillman
- Brian Helms
- David Noel
- Doug Rankin
- Dennis Rhoades
- William Smith
Plan Commission Procedure
If a request is made to change the zoning of a property, to place a structure in a public service zone, or for a plat review, you may request a hearing before the Plan Commission.
Applications may be obtained at City Hall.
- The process may take as long as 30 days, since we are obligated to notify all property owners adjacent to the property in question 15 days prior to the meeting dates.
- The application fee for the Plan Commission is $150 and is non-refundable.
- The Plan Commission meets the fourth Monday of each month when called.
- The decision of the Plan Commission is only a recommendation to the City Council. The final decision will be determined by the City Council at the next regularly scheduled meeting.
- Eddie Burton
- Jevanie Gillen
- Fred Jenks
- Pamala Lybarger
- Al McGuire
- Tim Narkiewicz
- Steve Pearson
Enterprise Zone: Application Process to Obtain Sales Tax Exemption Certificates for Building Materials
Since July 1, 2013, the building materials exemption is available only to those contractors or other entities with a certificate issued by the Illinois Department of Revenue.
Who is eligible for a Building Materials Exemption Certificate? Each construction contractor or other entity that purchases building materials to be incorporated into real estate in an Enterprise Zone or River Edge Redevelopment Zone by rehabilitation, remodeling or new construction.
Each construction contractor or other entity that purchases building materials that will be incorporated into a High Impact Business location as designated by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
How do I apply for a Building Materials Exemption Certificate? Construction contractors or other entities seeking exemption certificates must go through the Zone Administrator of the zone where the project is located or through the High Impact Business project manager.
Zone Administrators must submit applications for those construction contractors or other entities purchasing materials to incorporate into real estate in an Enterprise Zone or River Edge Redevelopment Zone.
High Impact Businesses must submit applications for those construction contractors or other entities purchasing materials to be incorporated into a High Impact Business location.
All applications must be submitted through the “Business Incentives Reporting and Building Materials Exemption Certification” link at the Department of Revenue’s website, at http://tax.illinois.gov. The Department of Revenue will issue an exemption certificate within 72 hours of receiving an application.
What information does a Zone Administrator or High Impact Business project manager have to provide to apply for an exemption certificate?
• Name, address, phone number and email address of the construction contractor or other entity seeking a certificate
• Name of the Enterprise Zone or River Edge Redevelopment Zone (not necessary for High Impact Business locations)
• The address (or location) of the project
• The contract amount for the project
• The average tax rate for the area where the project is being performed
• The estimated amount of the exemption based on the percentage of the contract that consists of materials
• Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) or Applicant ID
IMPORTANT: If you are a sole proprietor using a Social Security Number (SSN) as your business identification number, you must first obtain an “Applicant ID” through the Building Materials Exemption Certificate program and bring your Applicant ID to the Zone Administrator or High Impact Business project manager for them to complete your application.
How will a retailer know when a purchaser has a valid exemption certificate? When purchasing tax exempt building materials, the purchaser must submit a signed statement to the retailer that contains the certificate number, the zone, the project, and the materials being purchased. Form EZ-1, Building Materials Exemption Certification, contains all necessary information and will be provided to certificate holders when they receive their certificates. Form EZ-1 is also available for download at http://tax.illinois.gov/.
Note: It is the seller’s responsibility to verify that the certificate holder’s building materials exemption certificate number is valid and active. You can confirm this by visiting our website at http://tax.illinois.gov/ and using the Verify Building Materials Exemption Certificates tool.
How long is a certificate valid? A certificate is valid for a maximum of two years.
When will contractors and other entities have to begin using Department of Revenue-issued certificates? July 1, 2013.
Are unexpired certificates issued by Zone Administrators before July 1, 2013, still valid after July 1, 2013? No. Only certificates issued by the Illinois Department of Revenue are valid beginning July 1, 2013. Any contractor or other entity possessing a valid building materials exemption certificate issued by a Zone Administrator, must apply for a new certificate from the Department of Revenue for the project.
What are the penalties for misuse of an exemption certificate? Certificate holders are responsible for ensuring that their certificates are used only to make qualified purchases. A certificate holder who uses the certificate or allows it to be used to improperly avoid tax will be assessed taxes and penalties on the purchase, an additional monetary penalty equal to the state and local sales taxes on the purchase, and may be barred from securing certificates for other projects.