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Single family homes permitted as of July 31, 2022

Community Development

jon_sauterThe City’s vision is accomplished through planning, directing and implementing growth and economic development in conjunction with the Sycamore Comprehensive Plan and Unified Development Ordinance. These functions are handled by the City Manager and the Director of Community Development.

Director of Community Development – John Sauter

The Community Development Department consists of two divisions:  the Building and Zoning Division and the Property Maintenance Division

Building and Zoning Division

The Building Division is responsible for issuing building permits for all types of construction, including new residential, commercial and industrial construction, additions and alterations to existing buildings, accessory structures and property maintenance projects. The Building Division also performs all building inspections, enforces all zoning regulations within the City and works in conjunction with the Sycamore Police Department to ensure compliance with the City’s property maintenance code.

Building Inspections

  • Should an Inspector be presented with a Customer who is visibly sick, coughing or sneezing, the Inspector will leave the premises immediately and the inspection will be rescheduled for another time.
  • If an Inspector encounters a situation they deem unsafe, the Inspector will leave the premises immediately and report the incident.  We will then contact the Customer to make appropriate arrangements for the inspection.

Submittals & Information

  • Our office is open to the public for inquiries, drop-offs, etc. from 7:00am-4:00pm, closed for lunch between 11:30am-12:30pm, Mon.- Fri.
  • We encourage Customers to submit hard copy submittals whenever possible.  Larger submittals must be submitted in hard copy format.  Submittals may be submitted in person, left in the file hanger to the left as you enter our foyer OR you can use the exterior drop box to the left of our front/exterior door.

Please call (815) 895-4434 should you have questions or require additional information.