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Projects that don’t require a building permit

While most construction projects in Effingham require a building permit, there are some exceptions. Even if a permit is not required, your project still needs to be inspected and follow all building codes and regulations.

Some projects may still require permits from other agencies or divisions. For example, even if you don’t need a building permit, you may still need plumbing, electrical, or sewer tap permits.

In your yard

Homes and buildings

  • Painting
  • Replacing flooring
  • Replacing windows*
  • Changing a light fixture
  • Changing a water heater
  • Replacing outlets and switches or plumbing fixtures

*If you are replacing windows, please call us to make sure you are meeting the current building codes and regulations.

For plumbing, electrical, or mechanical projects, we recommend that you work with a licensed professional.


We don’t require a permit for roofing or re-roofing, but a permit may be required if the structure (rafters) is affected.

We don’t require roofing companies to register with the City as a contractor. Roofing companies are required to be licensed through the State of Illinois. Verify your roofing company’s license status before you sign any contract.

Get help

Chris Roedl
Building Official

(217) 342-5300
extension 5005
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