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

Chris Heier, Code Enforcement Officer

(815) 622-1110


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. 

Permit Applications

The following permit application is available for download. Please complete your form with digital signature and return the form via email to

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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Solar Installation Information

Terms, Conditions, and Forms for you solar energy installation can be found here

How do I…

Please download, complete and fill out this 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, IL 61071815-626-2633
AMP Electric of Dixon d/b/a United Electric1412 W Rock Falls Rd, Rock Falls, IL 61071815-626-2211
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, IL 61071815-625-7142
Delgado Electric1109 Suzanne St, Rock Falls, IL 61071815-762-4197
Dennis Electric of Tampico Inc7833 Tampico Rd, Rock Falls, IL 61071815-438-4402
DNR Electric1107 Eastern Ave, Dixon, IL 61021815-973-9677
DTM Management4617 Willow Lane, McHenry, IL 60050815-388-5119
Engel Electric Co1514 W 4th St, Sterling, IL
Hackbarth ElectricPO Box 2, Woosung, IL 61091815-677-1871
Hilliker Electric LLC305 East Lincoln Highway, Franklin Grove, IL
Kibble & Sons Electric596 Palmyra Rd, Dixon, IL 61021815-973-6340
Nelson Electric Service, Inc101 West Market St, Morrison, IL 61270815-772-4051
Professional Electric Company13028 2830 North Ave, Walnut, IL 61376815-379-2174
S & S Signs Lighting Electrical 4305 N Main St, East Peoria, IL 61611309-692-6994
Shaw Electric930 East River Dr, Davenport, IA 52803563-323-3611
Signal Energy DG, LLC2034 Hamilton Place Blvd, Suite 400, Chattanooga,
Steve Turner1505 Wike Drive, Rock Falls, IL 61071815-499-6901
T & D Cooling & Heating304 South 9th St, Oregon, IL 61061815-732-3300
Total Electric IncW12061 Pergande Rd, Columbus, WI 53925920-210-4775
Tri-City Electric6225 N Brady St,
Davenport, IA 52806
Wilson Electric Company113 S Madison St, Rock Ford, IL
Wilson Bldrs & Electric619 E Route 30, Rock Falls, IL 61071815-626-4318
General Contractors
A & K Home Improvements234 Ave E, Rock Falls, IL 61071815-499-3371
Ahern Fire Protection1110 E 53rd St, Davneport IA
American Quality Fence28945 West Thome Rd, Rock Falls, IL 61071815-626-7453
American Quality Windows2391 Jefferson Rd, Chadwick, IL
American Steel Carports457 N Broadway St, Joshua, TX 76058866-730-9865
Beckwith Commercial Roofing1801 S 21st Street, Clinton, IA 52732563-242-6939
Bill Clark Construction2105 E 38th St, Sterling, IL 61081815-626-9026
Boss Roofing - Siding Experts1408 1st Ave, Rock Falls 61071815-718-5444
Bureau County Pool Bldr Inc9341 N 1000 Ave, Buda IL 61314309-895-1010
Camps Concrete26234 Fulfs Rd, Sterling IL 61081815-626-3936
Campos Construction Inc1201 12th St, Rockford IL
Cater Construction & General Contracting185 Timber Creek Rd, Dixon, IL
CBM Construction Co1502 E 19th St, Sterling, IL 61081815-716-6727
Ceroni Piping7770 Ceroni Rd, Cherry Valley, IL 61016815-332-7777
Cherrytree Companies LLC201 Bonita Ave, Bradford IL
Civil Constructors IncP O Box 750, Freeport IL
Colville Concrete20835 Pigeon Rd, Morrison, IL 61270815-499-0661
CR Hunter Construction104 W Main Street, Harmon, IL 61042815-315-5353
Dan Henderson Construction28589 Solstice St, Rock Falls 61071815-626-8742
Demps Concrete766 Marine Drive, Dixon, IL 61021815-284-1481
Diaz Professional Landscaping23915 Hazel Rd, Sterling, IL 61081815-718-0255
Dietz Brothers Concrete Inc15496 Spring Hill Rd, Prophetstown IL 61277815-537-5508
Dixon Glass Co414 W 1st St, Dixon IL 61021815-288-3000
Feldco Factory Direct LLC125 E Oakton St, Des Plaines IL
Fischer Excavating, Inc1567 Heine Rd, Freeport, IL
Freeport Industrial Roofing Inc3507 IL Rte 26 South, Freeport IL
Furr Excavating30529 Duden Rd, Rock Falls, IL 61071815-625-5318
Fyr-Fyter, Inc225 N Lincoln Ave, Dixon, IL 61021815-284-2013
G & K Contracting302 E 4th St, Rock Falls 61071815-499-5335
Gehrke Construction421 Grove Street, Dekalb, IL 60115815-895-9116
General Constructors480 42nd Street, Bettendorf, IA 52722generalconstructors.com563-359-4643
Gitz-Meier Remodeling Contrctrs d/b/a RESTORx4497 So Park Rd, Freeport IL
Grizzly Garage Door1607 E 4th Street, Sterling, IL 61081815-716-8360
H G Services Inc6643 Tipperary Trail, Roscoe IL 61073815-621-1202
Heiderscheit Construction502 W 11th Street, Rock Falls, IL 61071847-845-4059
Hibbard Builders601 W 3rd Street, Sterling, IL 61081www.hibbardbuilders.com815-716-6150
Hubbard & Sons 1018 E 17th Street, Rock Falls, IL 61071815-564-0865
Iowa Fire Equipment Co2800 Delaware Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317515-265-8030
J & T Remodeling509 4th Ave, Sterling IL 61081815-631-6190
James W Sharp Construction Inc30075 Plautz Rd, Rock Falls 61071815-625-5811
John Conklen1101 McCue Rd, Sterling, IL 61081815-499-7377
Johnson Controls Fire Protection LP686 High Point Lane, East Peoria, IL 61611561-912-6108
Johnson's Renovations506A 6th Ave, Rock Falls, IL 61071815-590-6869
Jon Reyes Construction1308 E 4th Street, Sterling, IL 61081309-716-4239
Kirby Cable Service Inc17842 Sumner Rd, Pecatonica IL 61063815-239-1645
M & S Quality Needs30809 E Thome Road, Rock Falls, IL
Matthew's Carpentry510 E 19th Street, Sterling, IL 61081815-564-0311
Milledgeville DryWall Inc30332 Elkhorn Rd, Milledgeville, IL 61051815-225-7443
Moore Construction S2400 E Route 30, Rock Falls, IL 61071815-626-1333
Murray & Sons Excavating Inc21304 Mathew Rd, Sterling IL 61081815-626-2607
Nelson Construction22377 Prophet Road, Rock Falls, IL 61071815-718-1677
NJ Excavating 2302 12th Avenue, Rock Falls, IL 61071815-631-5359
O'Brien Civil Works Inc7495 Judson Rd, Polo IL
Off Track Motor Works2203 French St, Rock Falls, IL 61071815-625-2684
Otto Baum866 N Main Street, Morton, IL
Phillips Construction1107 W 20th Street, Rock Falls, IL 61071815-590-6359
Pirtano Construction1766 Armitage Ct, Addison, IL
PKC Construction, LLC21354 Lincoln Rd, Sterling, IL 61081815-499-7939
Poolside Pools & Spas1702 Westwood Drive, Sterling, IL
Porter Brothers1106 Industrial Park Drive, Rock Falls, IL
Professional Lot Maintenance2912 Woodlawn Road, Sterling, IL
R Squared Blders Inc1111 5th Ave, Sterling IL 61081815-590-0164
Raynor Door Authority of Sauk Valley9450 Forest Hills Rd, Loves Park IL
Reitzel Roofing Co18888 Polo Rd, Sterling IL 61081815-625-3387
River City Fencing21490 Waller Rd, Fulton IL
Robs Home Repairs2130 Melvin Drive, Rock Falls, IL
Ruiz Construction Systems Inc6192 Muirfield Ln, Rockford, IL 61114815-332-8880
SAH Construction204 S Butler Street, Nelson, IL 61021309-206-0183
Sharp Concrete27748 Fargo Road, Tampico, IL 61283815-718-4870
Simon Masonry29518 Penrose Rd, Sterling, IL 61081312-771-1310
Someone's In The Kitchen1619 No Main St, Princeton IL
Sterling Commercial Roofing Inc2711 Locust St, Sterling IL 61081815-626-7744
Sterling Fence2704 Locust St, Sterling IL
Steve Benesh & Sons Quarries3923 N River Rd, Oregon, IL 61061815-732-2384
Steve Hampton Bldrs Inc3401 6th Ave, Sterling IL 61081815-625-4220
Stutzke Excavating802 W 12th St, Sterling, IL 61081815-238-2899
Suburban Construction616 W 35th Street, Davenport, IA
T & M Paving1988 Mound Hill Road, Dixon, IL 61021815-499-7195
T A Licocci Construction1114 Charles St, Rock Falls 61071815-626-7708
Terry Papoccia Construction1435 W 23rd St, Sterling IL 61081815-626-8810
Terry Wolf Construction30125 E Thome Rd, Rock Falls
Total Construction Services 1409 W 4th Street, Sterling, IL
Twin City Construction3900 Pine Hill Road, Sterling, IL 61081815-625-2323
US Arsenal & Steel Solution710 W Higgins Road #101, Park Ridge, IL 60068www.chicagobuilders.us847-451-4626
V & C Construction397 Henpeck Rd, Walnut, IL
Werner Restoration Serv IncP O Box 496, Colona IL
Wilson Bldrs & Electric619 E Rte 30, Rock Falls 61071815-626-4318
Wilvar Enterprises IncP O Box 363, Dixon IL 61021815-626-1152
Window World of Davenport2406 W Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA
Window World of Rockford Inc1625 Sandy Hollow Rd, Rockford IL
Winter Construction Inc1840 S Walnut Ave, Freeport, IL 61032815-801-5303
Woodcrafters Inc903 S Galena Ave, Dixon IL 61021815-284-8666
HVAC Contractors
B & D Supply Inc201 W 14th St, Rock Falls 61071815-626-0897
Bogott Plumbing15273 Bishop Rd, Morrison, IL 61270815-772-4024
CBM Construction Co1502 E 19th Street, Sterling, IL 61081815-716-6727
Central Heating & Cooling Inc503 E 3rd St, Sterling IL 61081815-625-2424
Ceroni Piping Company1372 Ipsen Rd, Belvidere IL
Grasser's Plbg & Htg404 W Main St, McNabb IL 61335815-882-2111
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
River Cities Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration228 Chicago Ave, Savanna, IL 61074815-273-7000
Sauk Valley Plumbing801 E 17th Street, Rock Falls, IL 61071815-622-3117
Schmitt Plbg & Htg502 IL Rte 2, Dixon IL 61021815-284-2044
T & D Cooling & Htg304 S 9th St, Oregon IL 61061815-732-3300
Wilson Builders & Electric619 E Route 30, Rock Falls, IL 61071815-626-4318
Drain Layers
Bogott Plbg Inc/BPI Sewer & Drain15273 Bishop Rd, Morrison 61270815-772-4024
Lenhart Plumbing, Inc311 3rd Ave, Sterling, IL
Reaver Plumbing & Heating39 Palmyra Rd, Sterling, IL 61081815-626-5714
Sauk Valley Plbg801 E 17th St, Rock Falls 61071815-622-3117
Dave Jackley Sewer & Excavating 1305 E 20th Street, Sterling, IL 61081815-631-1467