Steps to Obtain a Permit

1. Fill out permit application

You may obtain an application for a building permit or by picking one up at Building/Inspections located at 3635 - 4th Avenue, Moline. Fill out the application with as much information as possible about the work being done. For most projects, you should also submit detailed plans for the work to be done. If you have any questions about the application, you may inquire at Building/Inspections or call the Administrative Assistant or Building Official at 309.524.2370. For some projects, you may need to contact other departments such as zoning or public utilities.

2. Application and plans are reviewed

Once your application and detailed plans are submitted, Building/Inspections will review your application and plans. If the application or plans are incomplete, you will be notified by Building/Inspections and informed of what is still needed. Once the complete application and plans are submitted, the City will review the plans and approve them if they meet code requirements. If your plans meet these requirements, a permit is issued. If not, the building official may suggest solutions to help correct the problem.

3. Obtain permit

Once your plans and application have been approved, you may receive a permit. There are fees associated with permits to cover the cost of the review and inspection process. The current fee schedule is contained in Chapter 8 of the City’s Code of Ordinances.

Separate permits are required for electrical, plumbing, and heating or air conditioning.

After you receive a permit, you must post it in a visible place at the job site at all times.

4. Inspections are done

Once work has begun, the City’s inspectors will inspect the work to ensure that it is being performed in accordance with the plans submitted and with applicable codes. Building/Inspections will inform you of how many inspections are required for your project. Contractors may schedule inspections by calling Building/Inspections and speaking to office staff or by leaving a message on the appropriate trade inspector’s voicemail. Inspections will be performed the following business day.

5. Construction is approved and certificate of occupancy is issued

The building official will provide a certificate of occupancy or other certificate when construction is complete and code compliance is determined. This certificate verifies that your project has been completed to code and to the City’s satisfaction.