The City of Belvidere Building Department is responsible for permitting and inspecting all residential, commercial and industrial construction within the City of Belvidere. This includes all new construction as well as additions and rehabilitations. Additionally, the Building Department is the primary compliance arm for the City's Zoning Code and Property Maintenance Code.

Any time any new construction, addition, rehabilitation or a new use is contemplated for a structure please contact the Building Department to ensure all necessary permits are obtained and to ensure that the property is properly zoned for the intended use.

Chief Inspector: Lesa Morelock

Mission Statement

To promote the construction and maintenance of safe buildings for the people entering or occupying buildings in the City of Belvidere, through the enforcement, by qualified staff, of the 2003 International Building Code and related codes that have been recognized by the State of Illinois and adopted by the City of Belvidere as accepted practices and building codes.


The "Carbon Monoxide Alarm Detector Act" is a state law that went into effect on January 1, 2007. It requires all residences (single family & multi-family dwelling units) to have carbon monoxide detectors installed. The law applies to both new and existing properties with few exceptions. Carbon monoxide detectors need to be installed within 15 feet of each bedroom and may be DC battery, AC plug-in with battery back up, or AC hard wired with battery back up.

The City of Belvidere Building Department would like to remind you that before starting any project you should call 815-547-7177 to find out if a building permit is required. Building Permits are issued by appointment only. Please call first and make an appointment to get your building permit. Some of the projects that may require permits are as follows:

Fences Siding
Swimming Pools windows
Garages Remodeling
Roofs Additions
Decks and Ramps Central Air Conditioning
Porches Plumbing
Wiring Basement Finishing

Please call your local Building Department with your questions.  Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Questions regarding the City of Belvidere's building or zoning codes should be directed to this office.

When in doubt, call the Building Department at 547-7177

If a building is designated as a historic landmark, additional requirements may apply to construction.  Please click the link above.

ZONING CODE: The City of Belvidere adopted a Zoning Code and Map on April 3, 2006.  Copies of the zoning code and map are available for viewing or purchase at the City of Belvidere/Boone County Planning Department located at 401 Whitney Boulevard, Suite 400.

The Belvidere Department of Public Works would like to remind you that a permit is required prior to doing any work on a public right-of-way.  Some types of work requiring a permit include the following:

  • Sidewalk Installation or Replacement
  • Curb Cuts or Repairs
  • Driveway Approach
  • Water or Sewer Line Installation or Repairs
  • Landscaping or Tree Planting

Please call the Public Works Department at 544-9256 if you have any questions.  Their office is located at 401 Whitney Boulevard, Suite 200 and is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


401 Whitney Boulevard, Suite 300
Belvidere, Illinois  61008
Phone:  815-547-7177