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Building Department

The Building Department ensures the public safety in areas of building design, construction and maintenance.


Some of the things we do:

  • Enforce city, state and national building codes
  • Register contractors to perform work in Rock Falls – Download the contractor’s registration form here.
  • Review building plans, issue permits and inspect construction
  • Investigate code/zoning complaints and notify property owners of non-compliance (ensure corrections are made)

Planning and Development

For information on Planning, Zoning and GIS, please refer to our Planning and Development section.

Building Code Enforcement

For information on Building Code Enforcement  and Administrative Hearings, visit our the police department page.

Contact the Building Department

Mark Searing, Building Inspector

(815) 622-1108

Department News

Did you know that as of 2007, all Illinois homeowners and landlords must install carbon monoxide detectors in buildings that contain sleeping facilities. Read more about the Illinois Law.

Call J.U.L.I.E. before you dig

CALL 811 to place a local request.

Department Hours

Monday through Friday — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Building Permits — Homeowners

Do I Need a Permit

If you are having any of the following work done, then you must contact the city for a building permit. Please see the Online City Code Book, Sec. 6-224 for more information on permits and fees.

Information Required for Permits
  • Address:  Physical address of property and Owner’s address.
  • Scope of Project:  What work is being done?
  • Name of Contractor:  Who is doing the work?
  • Cost of Project:  Contractor’s bid or owner’s receipts (if owner is doing work)
  • Required Signatures:  Owner or Contractor
  • Dimensions Information:  Size of addition, shed, garage, deck, driveway, sidewalk, etc.

Please call our office (815) 622-1108 if you have any questions. GIS maps/Sidwell maps, copies of the city ordinance, and the checklist may also be obtained directly in the office which is located in the municipal complex at 603 W. 10th Street.

Permit Applications

The following permit applications are available for download. Please complete your form with digital signature and click the submit button to return the form via email.

Home Repair and Remodeling Act — Public Act 91-0230

Need-to-Know Information

Here are a few items homeowners should know about doing work on their property.

  • A written contract is required for projects over $1,000.00.
  • NEVER sign a contract with blank spaces or one that you do not understand.
  • As a resident, you have three business days after signing a contract to cancel if sale is made at your home.

Helpful information from the Illinois Home Repair Remodeling Act Public Act 91-0230 PDF  or Illinois General Assembly Link

Building Permit Ordinances

Building Permit ordinances begin in Article III of the City code book.

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How do I…

Please download, complete and fill out this a Landlord Complaint form if you think a landlord is violating building codes. Return in person or via email to the Building Department (

Hiring a Contractor

When hiring a contractor, remember that all contractors must have current registration/insurance/bond before our office will issue building permits. Electricians, Roofers and HVAC contractors must show valid business licenses to confirm their current status for business operations.

  • Call our office (815) 622-1108 to verify current status of any contractor who is bidding on your project BEFORE finalizing any business transaction.
  • The owner of the property OR contractor must come IN PERSON to obtain this permit.
  • Depending on your project, the Building Inspector might require an on-site inspection BEFORE permit is issued.

Copies of city ordinances, resident’s checklist and list of valid registered contractors can be obtained directly from our office which is located in the municipal complex at 603 West 10th Street, Rock Falls. Below is a list of current contractors registered with the city.

A&A Electric6552 Buell Road - Rock Falls 61071815-626-2633
ACME Sign Co Inc1504 W 4th St, Davenport IA
Aero Electric & Communications Co7407 Edwards Dr #5, Loves Park IL 6111815-633-5004
AMP Electric of Dixon d/b/a United Electric1412 W Rock Falls Rd, Rock Falls 61071815-626-2211
Atwood ElectricP O Box 311, Sigourney IA 52591641-622-3626
Ballard Companies Inc3555 Electric Ave, Rockford 61109815-229-1800
Bush Electric Inc d/b/a JB Electric & Communications14691 Yager Rd, Morrison IL 61270815-772-2392
Complete Electrical Contractors Inc215 W 14th St, Rock Falls 61071815-625-7142
D & V Electric28890 Bertha Rd, Rock Falls 61071815-625-7256
DeHaan Electric Htg & Clg/Franklin DeHaan901 Regan Rd, Rock Falls 61071815-625-1459
Delgado Electric1109 Suzanne St, Rock Falls 61071815-762-4197
Dennis Electric of Tampico Inc7833 Tampico Rd, Rock Falls 61071815-438-4402
Dennis Home Repair210 Pope St, Nelson IL 61021815-251-4398
Don Knight's Electric LLC1740 Valley View Dr, Dixon IL 61021815-973-5137
Elite Services1603 Wike Dr, Rock Falls 61071815-721-9477
Engel Electric Co1514 W 4th St, Sterling IL
Foskitt Electric27712 Knief Rd, Rock Falls IL815-499-6566
Gaumer Electric24386 Emerson Rd, Sterling IL 61081815-499-1843
Hackbarth ElectricP O Box 2, Woosung IL 61091815-677-1871
J H M Electric303 E Elm St, Forreston IL
Kelso-Burnett Co5617 Sockness Dr, Rockford IL
MRT Electric LLC6226 2500 No Ave, Tampico IL 61283815-849-9100
Michael Reyes Electric110 Palmyra Rd, Dixon IL 61021815-590-3026
Morrie's Electric704 So Dement Ave, Dixon IL 61021815-631-6876
Morse Electric Inc500 W South St, Freeport IL
Nelson's Electric Servs Inc101 W Market St, Morrison IL 61270815-772-4051
Professional Elec Co & Equip LLC1355 Ridge Rd, Tampico IL
Reicher Electric Inc1410 1st Ave E, Dyersville IA 52040563-543-5107
Strike's Electric Inc104 Ferry St, Prophetstown IL 61277815-537-5569
Techical Assistance718 Broadway, Sterling IL 61081815-626-5167
T Steele Construction Inc8300 42nd St West, Rock Island IL 61201309-756-5520
Turner Electrical Service Inc1505 Wike Dr, Rock Falls 61071815-625-5497
Weflen Electric1113 9th Ave, Rock Falls 61071815-626-3819
Wilson Bldrs & Electric619 E Rte 30, Rock Falls 61071815-626-4318
General Contractors
Absolute Fire Protection5279 28th Ave, Rockford IL 61109815-397-6500
Absolute Masonry Inc1507 E Lake Ave, #9, Peoria Hghts IL 61616309-397-7384
ACME Sign Co Inc1504 W 4th St, Davenport IA
ACRI IncP O Box 737, Milan IL 61264309-787-4913
Aero Concrete LTD1018 Front St, Buffalo IA 52728563-529-6229
Ahern Fire Protection1110 E 53rd St, Davneport IA
Aldrich Construction IncP O Box 712, Sterling IL 61081815-626-6527
American Construction CorpP O Box 193, Sterling IL 61081815-441-0392
American Dream Home Improv5233 Grand Ave #C, Davenport IA 52807319-359-7441
American Masonry1204 Dixon Rd, Rock Falls 61071815-441-3823
American Quality Windows Inc2391 Jefferson Rd, Chadwick IL 61014815-718-1284
Atilano Home Improvement110 E 2nd St, Rock Falls 61071
Automatic Fire Systems, Inc7910 Burden Rd, Rockford 61115815-654-7449
B & B BuildersP O Box 141, Prophetstown 61277815-537-2230
B & A Glass Co503 4th Ave, Rock Falls 61071815-716-1866
Beckwith Commercial Rfng Inc2000 Manufacturing Dr, Clinton IA
Bedrock Concrete340 W Richton Rd, Crete IL 60417708-609-7769
Bill Clark Construction Inc2105 E 38th St, Sterling IL 61081815-626-9026
Boss Roofing - Siding Experts1408 1st Ave, Rock Falls 61071815-718-5444
Brady Concrete & Constr325 E 2nd St, Rock Falls 61071815-499-1871
Brokhausen Constructoin133 N Bolton Rd, Freeport IL 61032815-275-4095
Brown Construction Co200 N Washington St, Milledgeville IL 61051815-225-7198
Bureau County Pool Bldr Inc9341 N 1000 Ave, Buda IL 61314309-895-1010
Burger Bros Trckng & Excavating303 Dixon Ave, Rock Falls 61071815-625-3189
C & C Sword Constr Inc1502 E 16th St, Sterling IL 61081815-632-3617
CJ Development LLC308 Newland St, New London IA
CR Hunter Construction104 Main St, Harmon IL 61042815-315-5353
Camps Concrete26234 Fulfs Rd, Sterling IL 61081815-626-3936
Campos Construction Inc1201 12th St, Rockford IL
Cherrytree Companies LLC201 Bonita Ave, Bradford IL
Dale Barlow Construction Co1684 Lee Center Rd, Amboy IL 61310815-857-3820
Civil Constructors IncP O Box 750, Freeport IL
Concrete Systems Inc4048 Kilburn Ave, Rockford IL
Conklen Construction Inc1801 38th Ave, Sterling IL 61081815-622-7882
D & E Sheet Metal Inc1700 S Kings Rd, Kings IL 61068815-562-3290
Dailey Masonry1077 Meadow Lane, Rochelle IL 61068815-562-6610
Dan Henderson Construction28589 Solstice St, Rock Falls 61071815-626-8742
Demps Concrete766 Marine Dr, Dixon IL 61021815-284-1481
Dennis Crane Constructoin Inc18968 Hurd Rd, Prophetstown IL 61277815-499-3571
Dennis Home Repair210 Pope St, Nelson IL 61021815-251-4398
Dick's Repair1205 Long Crt, Sterling IL 61081815-625-3355
Dietz Brothers Concrete Inc15496 Spring Hill Rd, Prophetstown IL 61277815-537-5508
Division 5 Metals IncP O Box 52, Esmond IL 60129815-901-5001
Dixon Glass Co414 W 1st St, Dixon IL 61021815-288-3000
Double G Construction3294 S VanBrocklyn Rd, Freeport IL 61032815-235-1587
Drane Construction1020 W 1st St, Dixon IL 61021815-288-7181
Ebert Engineers10234 W Judson Rd, Polo IL 61064815-946-2809
Energy Seal Foam Insulation & Rfng29755 1250 E St, Walnut IL 61376815-379-2170
Executive Plastering Co7707 Forest Hills Rd, Loves Park IL 61111815-633-6655
Feldco Factory Direct LLC125 E Oakton St, Des Plaines IL
First Class Construction907 W 21st St, Rock Falls 61071815-213-0556
Five Star Roofing & Sdng1407 17th Ave, Sterling IL 61081815-625-0576
Freeport Industrial Roofing Inc3507 IL Rte 26 South, Freeport IL
Fulrath Construction IncP O Box 398, Sterling IL
G & K Contracting302 E 4th St, Rock Falls 61071815-499-5335
Galesburg Sign & Lighting Inc1518 So Henderson St, Galesburg IL
Garage Door Speclsts IncP O Box 1212, Sterling IL 61081815-626-8911
George's Handyman Service213 S Chestnut St, Kewanee IL 61443309-525-5225
G W Sharp Concrete27748 Fargo Rd, Tampico IL 61283815-718-4870
Geske Masonry608 W 10th St, Rock Falls 61071815-499-1774
Gibbs DrywallP O Box 57, Milledgeville IL 61051815-225-7475
Gitz-Meier Remodeling Contrctrs d/b/a RESTORx4497 So Park Rd, Freeport IL
GO Excavating Inc447 So Hancock Ave, Freeport IL 61032815-233-8833
H C Anderson Rfng Co Inc12388 Old River Rd, Rockton IL
H G Services Inc6643 Tipperary Trail, Roscoe IL 61073815-621-1202
H & K Construction412 E 9th St, Rock Falls 61071815-499-6806
Hammer ConstructionP O Box 376, Erie IL 61250309-659-2119
Harder Sign Co Inc4695 Stenstrom Rd, Rockford IL
Harley Construction906 W 12th St, Sterling IL 61081815-441-7101
Hendricks Concrete17307 Polo Rd, Sterling IL 61081815-622-3545
Henson Construction608 W 14th St, Sterling IL 61081815-690-2181
Hubbard & Sons Construction1018 E 17th St, Rock Falls 61071815-564-0865
Hvarre Painting Inc1913 W Leopard, Dixon IL 61021815-378-2151
Industrial Repair Assistance1819 W 1st St, Dixon IL 61021815-973-7676
Integrity Sign Co18621 S 81st Ave, Tinley Park IL
J C Worcester Vinyl Replcmnt Wndws3502 Woodlawn Rd, Sterling IL 61081815-441-6631
J Caudillo Inc18464 Tampico Rd, Sterling IL 61081815-625-9086
J and T Remodeling509 4th Ave, Sterling IL 61081815-631-6190
J W Summy Contracting Corp700 N Main St, Kewanee IL 61443309-525-1744
James W Sharp Construction Inc30075 Plautz Rd, Rock Falls 61071815-625-5811
K & B Seamless Gutters Inc10535 Hoover Rd, Rock Falls 61071815-622-0250
Kilker Construction & Roofing Inc9641 No Hollywood Rd, Forreston IL 61030815-938-2231
Kim Lofgren Construction Inc21186 Mathew Rd, Sterling
Kirby Cable Service Inc17842 Sumner Rd, Pecatonica IL 61063815-239-1645
KM Concrete & Construction28509 W Thome Rd, Rock Falls 61071815-994-8656
T D Kurtz Glass Company1101 1st Ave, Rock Falls 61071815-625-0880
Larson & Larson Bldrs Inc5612 Industrial Ave, Loves Park IL 61111815-633-1773
Lauts Masonry & General Construction2804 Spruce St, Rock Falls 61071815-718-4885
Leander Construction IncP O Box 345, Canton IL
Levee Enterprises Inc d/b/a Poolside Pools & Spas1702 Westwood Dr, Sterling IL
Limberg Builders429 No 2nd St, Tonica IL 61370815-878-9424
M & M Concrete Inc10092 E Golf Rd, Stockton IL 61085815-947-2178
Marlin Environmental Inc3935 Commerce Dr, St Charles IL
Martin Precast Services1906 Industrial Park Rd, Rock Falls 61071815-625-6115
Medical Products Group Inc641 Palmyra Rd, Dixon
MidAmerica Basement Systems4525 Buckeye St, Davenport IA
Milledgeville DryWall Inc30332 Elkhorn Rd, Milledgeville IL 61051815-225-7443
Moore Construction Servs2400 E Rte 30, Rock Falls IL 61071815-626-1333
Morriosn Blacktop Inc600 Kilmstra Ct, Morrison IL 61270815-772-4033
Murray & Sons Excavating Inc21304 Mathew Rd, Sterling IL 61081815-626-2607
Neuman Pools IncP O Box 413, Beaver Dam WI
Newell Machinery Corp1405 Mitchell Dr, Hiawatha IA
O'Brien Civil Works Inc7495 Judson Rd, Polo IL
Perfection Enterprs Inc (A-1 Perfection)1745 So Ihm Blvd, Freeport IL
Phalen Steel Constr CoP O Box 707, Mendota IL
Prater Enterprises IncP O Box 13, Sterling IL
Production Servs of the QC4343 16th St #165, Moline IL 61265309-736-1080
Professional Lot Maintenance2912 Woodlawn Rd, Sterling IL 61081815-632-9555
R Squared Blders Inc1111 5th Ave, Sterling IL 61081815-590-0164
Ramos Construction602 W 6th St, Sterling IL 61081815-564-7241
Ratliff Rfng & Construction Inc20748 Coleta Rd, Sterling IL
Raynor Door Authority of Sauk Valley9450 Forest Hills Rd, Loves Park IL
Reeley Contractors LLC711 No Brinton Ave, Dixon IL 61021815-288-6786
Reitzel Roofing Co18888 Polo Rd, Sterling IL 61081815-625-3387
River City Fencing21490 Waller Rd, Fulton IL
Robin Dietz Decorating1123 Shore Acres Rd, Rock Falls 61071815-625-2730
Rob Rodekamp Paint & Cntrctng1601 Harrison Ave, Clinton IA 52732563-357-9626
Royal Exteriors1120 Hamilton Rd, Rock Falls 61071815-529-1743
RPH Fencng27224 Maple Dr, Sterling IL
S&B Sign Co1507 E 3rd St, Sterling IL 61081815-625-7153
S&D Construction1433 Chicago Ave, Dixon IL 61021815-284-1820
Safe Step LLCP O Box 411, Hortonville WI
Scheffler Custom Wdwrkng Inc925 Depot Ave, Dixon IL 61021815-284-1190
SimplexGrinnell LP686 High Point Ln, East Peoria IL 61611309-694-8000
Singley Construction Inc1737 No Union Rd, Polo IL
Sjostrom & Sons IncP O Box 5766, Rockford IL
Skoog Landscaping & Design2612 W LeFevre Rd, Sterling IL
Small Job Construction1111 7th Ave, Sterling IL 61081815-626-0837
Someone's In The Kitchen1619 No Main St, Princeton IL
Specialized Constr & Utility Corp206 Mulberry St, Coleta IL 61081815-336-9999
Sterling Commrcl Roofing Inc2711 Locust St, Sterling IL 61081815-626-7744
Sterling fencing2704 No Locust St, Sterling IL
Steve Hampton Bldrs Inc3401 6th Ave, Sterling IL 61081815-625-4220
Suburban Construction Inc616 W 35th St, Davenport IA
Superior Exteriors 1 Inc4203 Woodlawn Rd, Sterling IL 61081815-626-1679
Sutton steel Construction1332 S Mulberry St, Ottawa KS 66067785-248-1553
Swedberg & Associates Inc1135 E State St, Sycamore IL
T A Licocci Construction1114 Charles St, Rock Falls 61071815-626-7708
T & M Paving1988 Mound Hill Rd, Dixon IL 61021815-499-7195
Taylor Roofing Solutions Inc1127 East B St, Belleville IL 62220618-233-2424Name
Terry Papoccia Construction1435 W 23rd St, Sterling IL 61081815-626-8810
Terry Wolf Construction30125 E Thome Rd, Rock Falls
The Rockwell Group Inc500 W South St, Freeport IL
Tompkins Trucking & Excavating Inc9604 Freeport Rd, Rock Falls 61071815-622-9378
Tri-State Automatic Sprinkler Inc5570 Carey Ave, Davenport IA
Tri-State Siding & Windows Inc5216 Sheridan St #130, Davenport IA
Tri-State Tower2957 Hwy 13, Marion IA
T Steele Construction Inc8300 42nd St West, Rock Island IL 61201309-756-5520
Tucker & Associates LLC2302 12th Ave, Rock Falls 61071815-631-5359
Turnroth Sign Co Inc1207 E Rte 30, Rock Falls 61071815-625-1155
Twin City Construction Co3900 Pine Hill Rd, Sterling IL 61081815-625-2323
Robert VanDyke301 Washington St #2, Oregon IL 61061815-994-0075
Vernon Nease1116 Hamilton Rd, Rock Falls IL 61071815-718-1188
Wagner Excavating LLCP O Box 611, DeKalb IL 60115815-787-0852
Weaver Construction Inc423 N Main St, Sycamore IL
Werner Restoration Serv IncP O Box 496, Colona IL
Wilcox Construction Co Inc15630 Lakeside Dr, Sterling IL 61081815-499-5230
Wilson Bldrs & Electric619 E Rte 30, Rock Falls 61071815-626-4318
Window World of Rckfrd Inc1625 Sandy Hollow Rd, Rockford IL
Wilvar Enterprises IncP O Box 363, Dixon IL 61021815-626-1152
Woodcrafters Inc903 S Galena Ave, Dixon IL 61021815-284-8666
Wyatt (Larry) Construction Inc1312 E 28th St, Sterling IL
Meador Construction406 E Pearl., Lanark IL 61046815-493-4890
STA Enterprises IncP O Box 328, Bed Rock IL
DeVoss Plastering Design LLC61547 Limery Rd, Prairie Du Chien WI 63821608-574-2818
B & B Paving & SealcoatingP O Box 561, Ashton IL 61006309-525-3290
Cardenas Systems LLC2236 Gulf to Bay Blvd#246, Clearwater FL 33765727-564-7187
HVAC Contractors
Area Mechanical Inc821 1st Ave, Rockford IL 61104815-964-2070
B & D Supply Inc201 W 14th St, Rock Falls 61071815-626-0897
Brands JB Installation301 W Lincolnway, Mrrsn 61270815-499-4159
Central Heating & Cooling Inc503 E 3rd St, Sterling IL 61081815-625-2424
Ceroni Piping Company1372 Ipsen Rd, Belvidere IL
D & W Air Solutions IncP O Box 925, Rock Falls 61071815-625-7018
Davis Complete Heating & Cooling1301 Ave L, Sterling IL 61081815-590-0881
Dennis Home Repair210 Pope St, Nelson IL 61021815-251-4398
Denny's Mechanical LLC1406 1st Ave, Rock Falls 61071815-499-9336
Ed King & Son Plbg 8 W 5th St, Sterling IL 61081815-625-3426
Eikenberry Sheet Metal Inc412 E 3rd St, Sterling IL 61081815-625-0955
Elite Services1603 Wike Dr, Rock Falls 61071815-721-9477
Farley's Appliance1245 N Galena Ave, Dixon IL
Fritsch Home HeatingP O Box 39, Tampico IL 61283815-438-7181
Gibbs Heating & CoolingP O Box 367, Milledgeville IL 61051815-225-7643
Giese Sheet Metal Co Inc2125 Kerper Blvd, Dubuque IA
Grasser's Plbg & Htg404 W Main St, McNabb IL 61335815-882-2111
Hardesty Htg & Clng Inc410 W Bicentennial Dr, LeRoy IL 61752309-962-4328
Heat-Co Mechanical Inc1705 Westwood Dr, Sterling IL
Loescher Heating & A/C1860 S Walnut, Freeport IL
Mechanical Inc2279 Yellow Creek Rd, Freeport IL
MO-ST Plbg & Mech LLC608 Depot Ave, Dixon IL 61021815-285-3333
Northwest Mechanical Inc5885 Tremont Ave, Davenport IA
Northwest Plbg Htg & Pumps72 So Main St, Chadwick IL 61014815-684-9977
Ragan Mechanical Inc702 W 76th St, Davenport IA
Saunders Plbg & Htg Inc7313 So Freeport Rd, Polo IL 61064815-946-2112
Schmitt Plbg & Htg502 IL Rte 2, Dixon IL 61021815-284-2044
T & D Cooling & Htg304 S 9th St, Oregon IL 61061815-732-3300
Drain Layers
A-1 Plumbing of Lyndon Inc111 1st St East - Lyndon IL 61261815-441-1481
Alvarado Plumbing Inc205 E Wall St, Morrison IL 61270815-772-2977
B & D Supply Inc201 W 14th St, Rock Falls
Bogott Plbg Inc/BPI Sewer & Drain15273 Bishop Rd, Morrison 61270815-772-4024
Donald Chesier Sewer & Excavating2215 Riverview Rd, Rock Falls 61071815-716-6059
Dave Jackley Sewer & Excavating LLC1305 E 20th St, Sterling IL 61081815-631-1467
Furr Excavating30527 Duden Rd, Rock Falls 61071815-625-5318
Lenhart Plbg Inc311 3rd Ave, Sterling IL
MO-ST Plbg & Mech LLC608 Dept Ave, Dixon IL 61021815-285-3333
New Way Plbg 1200 W 20th St, Rock Falls IL 61071815-626-6838
Sauk Valley Plbg801 E 17th St, Rock Falls 61071815-622-3117
Tobin Bros2010 NE Perry Ave, Peoria IL 61603309-685-7641