Community Development - Building & Safety Team
The Building & Safety Team is responsible for ensuring code compliance for properties and for new and existing structures within the
City through the administration of adopted building, development, property maintenance, and nuisance codes by reviewing building plans, issuing
permits, and conducting inspections in order to help maintain and strengthen the character, safety, and value of properties in Collinsville.
Building Permits and related inspections are mandatory for certain types of work performed within the City of Collinsville. All new construction
and renovation work must be in compliance with the City's building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, fire, and associated codes. Construction
work is inspected while in progress, we well as once completed, to ensure compliance with all adopted codes.
Types of Permits:
Limited “U” - Fences, sheds, roofs, decks, etc. and most exterior work valued over $500.
Residential “R” - New construction, additions, remodels, basement finishes, bathroom/kitchen rehab, garages, sunrooms,
any plumbing, drywall, or electric work, and most jobs valued over $10,000.
Commercial “B” - New construction, total/partial renovation, tenant finish, kitchen/bathroom installation, and any changes
to façade, doors, windows, exit pathways, etc.
Electrical “E” - All electrical work requiring the involvement of Ameren or SW Electric.
Mechanical “M” - Boiler Systems, HVAC Systems, Fire Suppression (Sprinkler Systems).
Demolition “D” - Demolition of any residential, commercial, or accessory structure, including mobile/modular homes and
garages, and for interior demolitions prior to a tenant finish.
Grading - Minor or Major Grading as required for site development.
For inspection requests or additional information, please contact Building Assistant Amy Boeving at 618-346-5200 x1126 or email@example.com.
Voluntary Interior Inspection Program:
The City provides voluntary residential interior inspections, which are intended to provide tenants with safe home environments, free from
dangerous living conditions, malfunctioning appliances, etc. through the application of the 2009 International Property Maintenance Code
(IPMC). If a resident feels that a dangerous or unsafe condition exists within their rental unit, an Inspector can survey the structure
for compliance with the IMPC. If violations of the Code are found, the property-owner or -manager will be contacted to make repairs or
changes in order to bring the structure into compliance.
For program questions please call Property Maintenance Inspector George Kroder at 618-346-5200, ext. 1148 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to foster healthy and attractive neighborhoods, the City has adopted and enforces the International Property Maintenance Code as well
as a number of other related property, building, and nuisance regulations.
The City seeks to address code enforcement issues first and foremost through voluntary compliance. Typical issues addressed by the team
include the abatement of dead trees, unpermitted construction-related work, derelict vehicles, overgrown yards, trash and debris, broken windows,
and peeling paint. However, priority is given to imminent health and safety issues such as dangerous structures, inadequate barriers around
swimming pools/spas, leaking sewage, and live/exposed electrical wires.
TO REPORT CODE VIOLATIONS
Call 618-346-5200, option 4
THE ENFORCEMENT PROCESS
- 1)The City receives a complaint via the telephone, email, walk-up, etc.
- 2)Complaint is logged, prioritized, and routed for response to the appropriate enforcement division of the City; and, when applicable, a receipt
acknowledgement communication is sent.
- 3)A City Inspector makes a visual inspection of the site to assess the complaint.
- 4)Upon verification of there being a violation, the Inspector will send a letter to the responsible party. The letter provides the legally-required
amount of time to remedy the situation and/or a court date is scheduled. Re-inspections take place as appropriate.
- 5)If the responsible party appears at court, they have the opportunity to negotiate with the court - sometimes being granted additional time
to address the problem.
- 6)If the responsible party does not appear at court, the case is continued - typically for 30 days. If the responsible party does not appear
at the continued date, a fine is typically imposed and notice is sent. This process can continue for several months until, depending on
the violation, additional legal measures are taken by the Court to address the problem.
Resolution of Code Violations through the legal system can take time, and this may lead people to believe that the City is not addressing the issue. However, the City works to ensure that all complaints are legally addressed and that due process is given to all citizens. Due to the variation in time for violations to be resolved, City staff will not typically follow up with the person who submitted the complaint; however, a response will be given to anyone inquiring about the status of a complaint.
Most cases are heard in the City of Collinsville’s “City Court”, which is presided over by a Hearing Officer. Although not a Judge, decisions made
by the Hearing Officer are legally binding and may result in an order to comply, monetary fines and/or community service. City Court is held
every other Thursday at 4 pm in City Hall. More serious violations, or those that are repeat violators, will be cited in County Court, which
is presided over by a County Judge.
For Court appearance questions please call Code Enforcement Officer Sheri Verstraete at 618-346-5200 ext. 1158 or by email at email@example.com.