A building permit is required in Douglas County, outside of municipal boundaries, for any class of construction. This would include, but is not limited to, residential, farm, commercial and industrial construction.The steps in applying for a Douglas County Building Permit are as follows:
1. Verify if property is a floodplain. This may be done in the Supervisor of Assessments Office. If property is in a floodplain, additional permits may be required. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Army Corps of Engineers may have jurisdiction over your area. Construction in a floodplain may require a Flood Elevation Certificate by a registered professional engineer or architect.Additional information is available in this office.
2. Complete entire application. Incomplete applications will delay issuing the building permit. A sketch of the proposed construction site must be included. The sketch should include the dimensions of the proposed construction and the location of any road and the setback from the center of the road to the face of the proposed building. This drawing does not have to be to scale, but must be submitted. A page is provided for this. Also, sketch the placement of the building on the aerial photo, which can be provided by contacting the Douglas County Supervisor of Assessments office.
3. Verify setback requirements: State Highway:100’
County Highway:85’ Township70’
4. Anyone requesting a building permit on a new site that will have waste water output that does not have access to sanitary sewer, must have a soil evaluation submitted. After the soil evaluation has been submitted to the Douglas County Health Department and the department has approved the application, a building permit may be issued by the Supervisor of Assessments.
5. Anyone with building additions that have added bedrooms must be notified of seepage change requirements. Information is provided and referral to the health department will be made upon receipt of the application.
6. Soil evaluator information is provided also. For more information on Septic or Well inspections, please call Lana Sanstrom at the Douglas County Health Department, 253-4137.The Health Department is located at 1250E US Hwy 36, Tuscola, IL.
7. Call the Douglas County Supervisor of Assessments office to verify any fees that may be applicable. 8. Return applications to: Douglas County Supervisor of Assessments:401 S. Center, Room103 Tuscola, IL 61953
NO CONSTRUCTION MAY BEGIN UNTIL THE APPLICATION IS APPROVED AND FEES COLLECTED.
9. After the application has been approved, and fees collected, the permit can be mailed or you may pick the permit up at our office.Make all checks payable to Douglas County.