Permit Process

Review Process

Once your drawings, specifications, and permit application have been reviewed and approved, you will be issued a building permit. The review process can take time so submit your application and plans as soon as possible. The city attempts to review all plans within 10 working days of receipt. Once your plans have been approved by the Building Official you may receive the permit, and start construction of a building project in accordance with the plans you submitted.

Before Construction

The best way to find out if you need a permit is to call the City of Moline building and inspections at 309.524.2370. Discuss your plans with the Building Official or other relevant inspector (i.e. electrical, plumbing / mechanical, and health) before you begin construction to determine whether you need a permit.

Required Permits

Permits are required for the following:

  • Additions (bedrooms, bathrooms, family rooms, etc.)
  • Electrical systems
  • HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems)
  • New buildings
  • Plumbing systems
  • Renovations (garage conversions, basement finishing, kitchen expansions, re-roofing, etc.)
  • Residential work (decks, garages, fireplaces, windows, roofs, siding, pools, water heaters, etc.)

Certificate of Occupancy Deposit

All building permit applications that involve any new commercial and residential buildings, additions, remodels, or other structures that are intended to be occupied for either private or public use shall be required to submit a Certificate of Occupancy deposit to the city prior to the issuance of a building permit. The permit holder is responsible for the Certificate of Occupancy deposit.

Required Deposit

All projects within the above scope of work are required to submit a deposit unless otherwise directed by the code manager. The Certificate of Occupancy deposit amount shall be equal to 1% of the total valuation of the construction cost of the project or $250, whichever is greater. A Certificate of Occupancy Bond of equal or greater value may be posted in lieu of a cash deposit.

Deposit Return

The Certificate of Occupancy deposit shall be returned in full if all required final inspections have been completed and approved, including building, all trade, sidewalk, approaches, storm water compliance and landscaping requirements, and a request for a Certificate of Occupancy has been received prior to the building permit’s expiration date. Once the Certificate of Occupancy has been issued prior to expiration of the building permit, the full deposit will be sent by form of a check to the building permit holder. If the permit holder fails to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy prior to the building permit’s expiration date, the deposit shall be forfeited, unless a building permit renewal has been requested and granted prior to the expiration date.