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Community Development FAQs

Frequently Asked Building Questions

1. Are Contractors Required To Be Licensed?

Answer:

The City of Collinsville licenses only those contractors with a physical business location within the City limits by way of a Business License.  Collinsville does not do Contractor Licensing.  However, State Law requires licenses for certain types of work, and the building permit process ensures that the contractor you hire is properly licensed.  Roofers must be State Licensed, and after recent major hailstorms in the area, the State of Illinois has cracked down on unlicensed roofing work.  Only the owner of the property is authorized to do unlicensed roofing work.  Plumbers must be licensed, and any work involving or connected to the public water supply must be done by a licensed plumber.  Plumbing work must also be inspected by a State Plumbing Inspector.  Electricians need only be “certified”, but all electrical work involving Ameren or SW Electric must be inspected and approved by a City Inspector. 

Questions:  Kendra Cunningham, Administrative Assitant, 618.346.5200 ext 1126, or kcunningham@collinsvilleil.org / Bob Bohnenstiehl, Building Inspector, 618.346.5200 ext 1130, or rbohnenstiehl@collinsvilleil.org

2. My Neighbor Is Doing Work Without A Permit; What Should I Do?

Answer:

Building Permits are required to be posted in the front window visible from the street.  If you do not see a building permit posted where work is going on, you can call the City’s Anonymous Hotline at 618.346.5200 option 3.  A Code Enforcement Officer will investigate the complaint and ensure the work is permitted and completed according to requirements.  If you have specific questions about possibly unpermitted work, you can contact Building Department Staff at any time, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am – 5 pm.

Questions:  Kendra Cunningham, Administrative Assitant, 618.346.5200 ext 1126, or kcunningham@collinsvilleil.org / Bob Bohnenstiehl, Building Inspector, 618.346.5200 ext 1130, or rbohnenstiehl@collinsvilleil.org

3. What Happens If I Don't Get A Building Permit?

Answer:

Failure to obtain building permits when required may result in citation, fines and even court appearances.  Stop Work Orders can be issued by either the Building Inspector or the Code Enforcement Officers and work that is done without the required permits and inspections may have to be removed and redone according to code.  When work is done without a permit, complaints may come from neighbors, contractors, and sometimes just those driving past.  Always be sure to confirm with City Staff when a building permit is needed, and post the permit in the window visible from the street as required. 

Questions:  Kendra Cunningham, Administrative Assitant, 618.346.5200 ext 1126, or kcunningham@collinsvilleil.org / Bob Bohnenstiehl, Building Inspector, 618.346.5200 ext 1130, or rbohnenstiehl@collinsvilleil.org

Building Permit - Limited Building Permit - Limited (67 KB)

Building Permit - Residential Building Permit - Residential (1171 KB)

Building Permit - Commercial Building Permit - Commercial (1205 KB)

Building Codes 2016 Building Codes 2016 (9 KB)

4. When Do I Need A Building Permit?

Answer:

Generally, permits are required for most work that exceeds $500 in value.  Free, donated or discounted materials still have value, and work done with these materials still requires a building permit when applicable.  Examples of exterior work needing permits: siding, roofing, windows, fences, pools, decks, sheds, retaining walls.  Examples of interior work needing permits: plumbing, electric, drywall (moving, removing or construction of walls), kitchen or bathroom renovation, basement finish, total rehab or remodel, stairs, ingress/egress doors or windows.  PLEASE NOTE:  these examples are not all inclusive and permits may be required for work not listed here. 

Permits can be obtained by the homeowner/occupant or by the contractor.  To confirm when a permit is needed, please contact the Building Department. 

Questions:  Kendra Cunningham, Administrative Assitant, 618.346.5200 ext 1126, or kcunningham@collinsvilleil.org / Bob Bohnenstiehl, Building Inspector, 618.346.5200 ext 1130, or rbohnenstiehl@collinsvilleil.org

Building Permit - Limited Building Permit - Limited (67 KB)

Building Permit - Residential Building Permit - Residential (1171 KB)

Building Permit - Commercial Building Permit - Commercial (1205 KB)

Building Codes 2016 Building Codes 2016 (9 KB)

5. Why is a Building Permit Required?

Answer:

Generally, the best way to ensure Codes and requirements are communicated to the public is to require anyone doing work within the City to come in to City Hall to obtain a building permit.  Without this requirement, most people would never know what Codes to follow or what requirements must be met related to their project.  City Staff also ensures that contractors are properly State Licensed when required.

Some types of work require inspections, and depending on the extent of the work, different building codes will apply.  Our Building Inspector is trained and experienced with all applicable building codes, and is the best source for obtaining this information.  In some cases, State Plumbing Inspection or Fire Marshal Inspection is also required.  The building permit process is the best way to alert these parties that work is being done, so it can be inspected per State Law. 

Additionally, the City is able to keep records on improvements within the City, as well as contractor information and value of repairs or improvements.  These records are helpful to both the City and the homeowner, and are often used by the tax assessor, appraisers, realtors, or potential buyers if and when the property is sold.

Questions:  Kendra Cunningham, Administrative Assitant, 618.346.5200 ext 1126, or kcunningham@collinsvilleil.org / Bob Bohnenstiehl, Building Inspector, 618.346.5200 ext 1130, or rbohnenstiehl@collinsvilleil.org

Building Permit - Limited Building Permit - Limited (67 KB)

Building Permit - Residential Building Permit - Residential (1171 KB)

Building Permit - Commercial Building Permit - Commercial (1205 KB)

Building Codes 2016 Building Codes 2016 (9 KB)

6. Will A Building Permit Cause My Taxes To Go Up?

Answer:

When applying for a building permit, the cost/value of the work is required.  This assists City Staff in calculating permit fees, and also helps us keep records on the value of improvements made by City residents during a given year.  Building Permit reports are provided to the Madison County Tax Assessor’s Office, but the value of the work stated on the permit is not used to increase your taxes.  However, a higher value job does alert the Tax Assessor that an improvement has been made, and that improvement can be assessed according to the Tax Assessor’s policies and procedures. 

Questions:  Madison County Tax Assessor, 618.345.0051.  St. Clair County Tax Assessor, 618.277.6600 ext 2653.

Frequently Asked Licensing Questions

1. How Does the Crime Free Program Benefit Me As The Owner Of Rental Property?

Answer:

The program has proven its benefit to the entire community in just the first few years with a significant reduction in police calls to properties with the highest crime rates.  The program also helps provide a more stable tenant base, with an increased demand for rental units that can prove management is taking an active role in crime prevention.  Property values are increased while maintenance costs go down (due to more established tenants and less turnover).  Personal safety is increased not only for tenants, but for landlords and property managers as well. 

2. I Already Have A Business License For My Business, But I Am Moving To A New Location; Do I Need Approval?

Answer:

Yes, reporting your new address to the License Clerk is required, and moving to a new location requires the same application and approval process as the original application.  Your new location must be appropriately zoned, and Fire Department inspection and approval at the new building will be necessary.

Questions Regarding Business Licenses:  Carrie Carlisle, License Clerk, ccarlisle@collinsvilleil.org or 618.346.5200 ext. 1132 

Business License Application Business License Application (79 KB)

3. I Am Considering Opening a Bar or Restaurant That Will Serve Alcohol And Have Gaming Machines; What Do I Need To Do?

Answer:

When considering a business including alcohol sales, you will want to check on available liquor licenses.  The City has restrictions on the number of certain types of licenses, and Video Gaming Licenses are available only to certain liquor license holders.  Additional licensing and approvals through the County and State are also required.  After determining what type of Liquor License is available, you would follow the same process as any other business to obtain your Business License.  (See other related FAQ's)

Questions Regarding Liquor Licenses:  Kim Wasser, City Clerk, kwasser@collinsvilleil.org or 618.346.5200 ext. 1113 

Business License Application Business License Application (79 KB)

Liquor License Application Liquor License Application (153 KB)



4. I Am Interested In Opening a Second Hand, Resale Or Consignment Shop, Pawn Shop, Tattoo Parlor, Or Small Loan Business; Are There Additional Restrictions Or Requirements?

Answer:

Yes.  These types of businesses have additional restrictions on the number of licenses allowed, allowable locations, and additional licensing requirements per the City's Zoning Code and Ordinances.  Please refer to Forms & Information below for information on opening this type of business.

Questions Regarding Zoning:  Tracy Carlson, Planning Assistant, 618.346.5200 ext. 1123, or tcarlson@collinsvilleil.org.

 

Second Hand Stores & Flea Markets - Section 17.050.105 Second Hand Stores & Flea Markets - Section 17.050.105 (30 KB)

Pawn Shops - Section 17.050.145 Pawn Shops - Section 17.050.145 (27 KB)

Tattoo Parlor Ordinance Tattoo Parlor Ordinance (54 KB)

Special Use Permit Application Special Use Permit Application (58 KB)

Special Use Permits - Section 17.100 Special Use Permits - Section 17.100 (41 KB)

5. I Want To Open A Business In Collinsville, Where Do I Start?

Answer:

Begin by downloading the Guide to Opening a Business, which will provide you with a guideline through the approval process.  Before entering into any lease or purchase agreements, you will want to speak to the appropriate City Staff to determine if your project or business is feasible at the location you have chosen.  Larger development projects requiring financial incentives may result in redevelopment agreements and complicated negotiations, but all business owner/operators will want to check into two major areas prior to making location decisions.  First is zoning.  When the business is not compatible with the zoning district in which it is proposed, rezoning may be necessary.  Second is occupancy.  All existing buildings must be inspected by the Fire Department to confirm compliance with Life Safety and Fire Codes before they can be occupied for commercial use.  The Assistant Fire Chief will schedule a walk through with you and the Building Inspector to determine compliance.  Extensive renovations are sometimes necessary and may have a financial impact on the location you have chosen for your business. 

Questions Regarding Business Licenses:  Carrie Carlisle, License Clerk, 618./346.5200 ext 1132, or ccarlisle@collinsvilleil.org

Questions Regarding Existing Zoning:  Tracy Carlson, Planning Assistant, 618.346.5200 ext. 1123, or tcarlson@collinsvilleil.org.

Questions Regarding Occupancy Codes & Inspection:  Dale Kyrouac, Asst. Fire Chief, 618.346.5022 ext 3148, or dkyrouac@collinsvilleil.org.  Bob Bohnenstiehl, Building Inspector, 618.346.5200 ext. 1130, or rbohnenstiehl@collinsvilleil.org

Questions Regarding New Development Projects:  Mitch Bair, Community Development Director, 618.346.5200 ext. 1120 or mbair@collinsvilleil.org

Questions Regarding Financial Incentives:  Leah Joyce, Acting Economic Development/TIF Director, at 618.346.5200 ext. 1140, or ljoyce@collinsvilleil.org

Questions Regarding Uptown Businesses:  Leah Joyce, Uptown Coordinator, 618.346.5200 ext. 1140, or ljoyce@collinsvilleil.org.

Guide to Opening a Business Guide to Opening a Business (308 KB)

Business License Application Business License Application (79 KB)

Use Table Use Table (670 KB)

Rezoning Information

6. I Want To Open A Business In My Home; How Do I Get A Business License?

Answer:

Running a business from your home is certainly acceptable with certain restrictions.  For example, a lawncare company may have an office in the home, but may not store equipment, machinery or materials on site.  An accountant may open a tax service in the home, but may not have more than 5 business related visits per day.  All the requirements for Home Occupation approval can be found in the Home Occupation Application linked below, along with a list of businesses that are prohibited from being run out of the home.

Questions Regarding Business Licenses:  Carrie Carlisle, License Clerk, 618.346.5200 ext. 1132, or ccarlisle@collinsvilleil.org

Business License Home Occupation Application Business License Home Occupation Application (84 KB)

7. What Is This Crime Free Program All About?

Answer:

The Crime Free Multi Housing Program is an international program that is now used in 48 US States, Canada, England, Nigeria, and Puerto Rico.  The original program was developed by the Mesa Arizona Police Department in 1992, to reduce crime, drugs, and gang activity at rental properties.  In Collinsville, the Police Department has partnered with property owners and managers to create a unique coalition designed to address criminal activity within our community.  See more on the Police Department Page and at the International Crime Free Association’s webpage:  http://www.crime-free-association.org/multi-housing.htm

8. Why Do I Need A License To Hold A Raffle?

Answer: Basically, raffles are illegal under State Statute unless the municipality has an ordinance regulating them.  In 1996, the City implemented the licensing procedures in order to legally allow raffles to be held within the City limits. 

Frequently Asked Planning & Zoning Questions

1. Does the City have Residential Occupancy Permits?

Answer:

The City of Collinsville does not currently have a residential occupancy permit program.  No inspections are required before buying, selling, or occupying a residential unit, whether it is a single family home or an apartment.  The Building Department does issue occupancy permits for new construction and also for total rehab, fire restoration, and commercial tenant finish projects however. 

NOTE:  Landlord Licenses are required, and any person owning a rental unit must register with the City.   

Questions Regarding Occupancy Permits:  Kendra Cunningham, Administrative Assitant, 618.346.5200 ext 1126, or kcunningham@collinsvilleil.org

Questions Regarding Landlord Licenses:  Carrie Carlisle, License Clerk, 618.346.5200 ext 1132 or ccarlisle@collinsvilleil.org

Landlord License Application Landlord License Application (67 KB)

2. How do I get a Special Use Permit?

Answer:

Special Use Permits are required for certain uses deemed by the City to be in need of additional regulation.  For example, a Special Use Permit is required when opening a second hand, resale or consignment shop.  Special Use Permits are considered by the Planning Commission after notification to surrounding property owners and a public hearing. 

Questions:  Tracy Carlson, Planning Assistant, at 618.346.5200 ext. 1123, or at tcarlson@collinsvilleil.org

Special Use Permit Application Special Use Permit Application (58 KB)

3. How do I get a Variance?

Answer:

Variances can be requested in order to authorize “relief” from specific provisions of the Zoning or Subdivision Regulations.  Examples include requesting approval to construct a garage larger than the maximum allowed 1,000 square feet; or authorization to build a new home on an existing lot of record when required setbacks cannot be met; or even permission to construct a sign larger than what is allowed.  Variances are considered by the Planning Commission after notification to surrounding property owners and a public hearing. 

Questions:  Tracy Carlson, Planning Assistant, at 618.346.5200 ext. 1123 or tcarlson@collinsvilleil.org

Variance Application Variance Application (41 KB)

4. How do I get information on Zoning?

Answer:

Before any buying, selling, marketing, expanding, renting, leasing, building  or occupying a piece of property commercially, whether a vacant lot or a structure, the zoning should be verified, and information on allowable uses should be obtained.  City Staff can provide information on any piece of property within the City, and provide guidance as to how it can be used and what will be required in order to do so.  Occupying any commercial property without prior authorization and occupancy approval may result in fines, penalties and court action for removal from the property so always be sure to check zoning first!

Questions:  Tracy Carlson, Planning Assistant – 618.346.5200 ext 1123 or tcarlson@collinsvilleil.org

5. I Am An Appraiser Or Realtor; How Do I Get Zoning Verification?

Answer:

For a written zoning verification via email, please submit your request to zoning@collinsvilleil.org.  Requests for Zoning Verification Letters on City letterhead, please submit your Zoning Letter Verification sample/request form to zoning@collinsvilleil.org.  There is no charge for zoning verifications; emails are normally answered same business day; verification letters are normally provided within 3 business days. 

Questions:  Tracy Carlson, Planning Assistant – 618.346.5200 ext 1123 or tcarlson@collinsvilleil.org

6. Tell Me About Residential Zoning?

Answer:

Residentially, certain neighborhoods are zoned strictly Single Family, even though some of the single family homes may be considered “rental units”.  The ownership of the home is not regulated by zoning; only the actual use of the home as a single family housing unit.  Other neighborhoods are zoned for other types of housing, from single family (R1), to duplexes (R2), to multifamily apartment buildings (R3).  In order to regulate quality, safety, and aesthetics of multifamily development in our Community, the Zoning Code requires that any new multifamily construction (R2 and up) is rezoned to a Planned Zoning District regardless of how it is currently zoned.  This means that the City can impose specific requirements on that particular multifamily development, and also allows the City to “waive” certain requirements that may not be feasible for the development.  Single Family homes are not allowed to be converted to more than one unit without a total rezoning, and secondary units are not allowed to be constructed on the same residential lot, such as in/over a garage or in a basement, without rezoning approval.  Secondary units in another building on the same lot are not allowed as only one residential structure can exist on any residentially zoned parcel.  This does not apply to attached “mother in law” suites that are not rented or leased and does not apply to certain multifamily residential developments.

Questions:  Tracy Carlson, Planning Assistant at 618.346.5200 ext 1123 or tcarlson@collinsvilleil.org

7. What Does "NonConforming" or "Grandfathered" Mean?

Answer:

Some of the City’s zoning designations are not appropriate for the uses currently located there – they may have been started before the zoning was put into place, or when requirements were different.  These are referred to as “grandfathered” uses, which are technically “nonconforming”.  A nonconforming use, such as a long-standing auto repair shop on a residential street, can continue to operate and can also be sold to new owner(s) without any changes in zoning.  They cannot however, be rebuilt, expanded, or replaced if destroyed or abandoned.  The reason for this is to eventually “phase out” these uses that do not conform to current zoning regulations - in other words, these businesses were opened many years ago and now the surrounding area is a residential neighborhood which is not entirely appropriate for this type of commercial business.  Eventually the nonconforming business will be gone, and the property will return to residential use, just like the surrounding neighborhood. 

8. What is Zoning?

Answer:

Many people don’t understand the reason for zoning, or the basis for some strict requirements when it comes to rezoning property.  Zoning basically means that certain uses are allowed only in certain areas of the City.  Residential uses can be found almost Citywide, while commercial uses are limited to areas of the City that are most equipped to handle those uses without undue hardship to the surrounding community or neighborhood.  Industrial type uses are ideally located on the outskirts of town so they do not bother surrounding residents; neighborhood uses, such as hair salons and insurance offices, are ideally located within the neighborhoods they serve.  The City uses the NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) to ensure use categories are standard. 

Questions: Tracy Carlson, Planning Assistant – 618.346.5200 ext 1123 or tcarlson@collinsvilleil.org 

 

Forms & Information: 

Use Table Use Table (670 KB)

Zoning Map Zoning Map (3288 KB)

Zoning Code Zoning Code (1734 KB)

9. When/Why would I need to Rezone?

Answer:

Some properties located within the City may require rezoning in order to be used in certain ways.  For example, a residential home located in a more “commercial” area on Vandalia would require rezoning in order to be used for a commercial business, even though commercial businesses may exist all around it.  As a part of that rezoning, specific requirements would have to be met, from interior improvements in order to meet Health & Safety Codes, to exterior improvements to provide enough parking, a nicely landscaped frontage, or screening from other lots that are still being used as single family homes.  This is to maintain a certain level of quality in our Community, while protecting the citizens that live or own property nearby.   New construction or development may require rezoning in order for the proposed use to fit the zoning of the surrounding area. 

Questions Regarding Large Rezoning Projects:  Mitch Bair, Community Development Director, 618.346.5200 ext 1120, or mbair@collinsvilleil.org

Questions Regarding General Rezoning:  Tracy Carlson, Planning Assistant – 618.346.5200 ext 1123 or tcarlson@collinsvilleil.org

Forms & Information: 

Zoning Code Zoning Code (1734 KB)

Rezoning Application - Existing Structures Rezoning Application - Existing Structures (175 KB)

Rezoning Application - New Construction Rezoning Application - New Construction (49 KB)

Site Plan Application Site Plan Application (83 KB)

Development Fees Worksheet Development Fees Worksheet (46 KB)

Planning Commission Schedule Planning Commission Schedule (14 KB)

Frequently Asked Code Enforcement Questions

1. How can the City tell me that I have to cut my grass or paint my house; it’s my property, can’t I do whatever I want?

Answer:

The City of Collinsville, like most other surrounding municipalities, has adopted the 2009 International Property Maintenance Code.  This code provides minimum standards for maintaining property, to ensure the health, safety and quality of life for Collinsville residents.  This code, and other applicable codes and ordinances, apply to everyone, whether they live in a crowded neighborhood or are the only house at the end of a dead end street.  No one wants to live near a nuisance property or a home that is not maintained; all property owners are expected to maintain their property to these minimum standards. 

2. I got a letter/ticket/citation from Code Enforcement what should I do?

Answer:

Most of the letters are just to notify you that the City received a complaint or witnessed a violation that you are believed responsible for.  If the violation has already been addressed, doesn’t exist, isn’t your responsibility, or if you don’t understand the violation, please call the Code Enforcement Officer whose name appears at the bottom of the letter.  If it’s a simple problem that can be or has already been addressed, the CEO will make a note of it and close out the file.  If there are larger violations that you have questions about, the CEO can help you.  NEVER IGNORE A LETTER FROM CODE ENFORCEMENT.  Even if the situation has been taken care of or is not actually your responsibility you must contact the CEO to have the case closed.  A violation that has not been addressed can result in a required court appearance, and failing to appear can cause the problem to escalate.  The majority of the issues we see can be easily remedied; if a large scale problem exists, Code Enforcement is happy to work with you until you can get the problem resolved. 

3. I have been complaining about the same problem for months; why hasn’t it been taken care of?

Answer:

As described in the above paragraphs, the first step in addressing a violation is sending a letter to the responsible party.  The letter provides a certain amount of time to remedy the situation, or a court date is scheduled.  If the violator does not show at the first court date, the case is continued, usually for 30 days.  If the violator still does not show, a fine is usually imposed and notice is sent.  This can go on for several months until, depending on the violation, additional legal measures are taken to address the problem.  If the violator does make the court date, he/she has the opportunity to negotiate with the court, sometimes being granted additional time to address the problem.  As you can imagine, the legal system can take time, and this may lead you to believe that the City is not addressing your complaint.  Be assured that all complaints are addressed, and if you see a violation that has not been remedied, please call the Code Enforcement Officer for the status of the complaint. 

4. What Are The Requirements For Yard Sale Signs?

Answer:

Yard Sale Signs have specific requirements per the Yard Sale Section of the City’s Municipal Code and do not require a Sign Permit; when obtaining a Yard Sale Permit at the Front Counter at City Hall, you will be provided with the guidelines regarding Yard Sale Signs. 

Contact:  Finance Department, 618.346.5200 ext 1110 or 1114, or kkeplar@collinsvilleil.org / ndontigney@collinsvilleil.org

5. Why am I getting a letter from Code Enforcement when all my neighbors are doing the same thing or worse?

Answer:

A warning letter from Code Enforcement is usually based on a complaint received by the department, but can also be based on the CEO or another City Staff member viewing the violation and reporting it.  The CEO will always verify the complaint to ensure the violation does exist, and while doing so will likely view other violations within the surrounding area.  This means that if a neighbor complains about a junk car in your driveway, when the CEO comes out to verify, he/she will see other junk cars or violations within your neighborhood.  ALL of those violations will be written up, just like the one that was reported in the first place.  Please remember that every warning letter provides a certain amount of time for the violation to be remedied; some issues will be taken care of immediately and others could end up requiring court action.

 


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